Paul H. Tobin, Jr.

Paul Tobin PicPaul H. Tobin, Jr., 83, a life long resident of Potlatch, Idaho, passed away August 21, 2014, at Bishop Place, in Pullman, Washington, of natural causes. 

Paul was born June 25, 1931, in Lewiston, Idaho, to Eva Bertram Tobin and Paul H. Tobin, Sr.  Even though Paul never married, he was a devoted family man to his parents, sister (Mary Desilet), nieces and nephews, his community, and the University of Idaho.  Paul enjoyed working around his yard, his cats, and his good neighbors.  For several years, Paul was the mayor of Potlatch, Idaho, and was also involved with various organizations associated with the University of Idaho, and the city of Potlatch.

Paul attended school in Potlatch and later went on to obtain his bachelor’s degree from the University of Idaho. Like his father, Paul went to work for the Potlatch Forest mill, in Potlatch, Idaho, until the mill was closed down. He finished up his career with Potlatch Corporation, at their mill in Lewiston.

Paul is survived by his nieces and nephews, Cathy Olson, Philip Desilet, Andrew Desilet, and Jane Christensen. Paul was preceded in death by his parents and later his sister.

Memorial may be made to in Paul’s name to University of Idaho general scholarship fund.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday August 30, 2014, at 1:00 pm, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Potlatch, 725 Spruce St, Potlatch, Idaho, followed by a reception at the church. Paul will be laid to rest next to his parents, in the Moscow Cemetery.

 Short’s Funeral Chapel of Moscow is handling arrangements and online condolences may be left at

One Response to Paul H. Tobin, Jr.

  1. Sherwin Millick says:

    I was one of the few kids growing up on Nob Hill in the 1970s the had the privilege of becoming a friend to Paul and his mother. It started with riding with them to the U of I basketball games and visiting sling the way. Later after my mother died and I moved to Moscow, Paul would call up and still give rides to games. Thus begun a life long passion for watching basketball live and often. But he would always ask ” how are your marks ?”

    Paul seemed to be different from most men in Potlatch – he was scholarly, worldly, and shared with me those things of classical music, theater, art, literature , history , other cultures. He was a Renaissance Man among loggers and rednecks.

    Years later I would share with Paul about my adventures of living in Europe, the museums in
    Berlin, attend opening night at the State Opera House in Vienna or our trips to Russia.

    It is said that we shall be remembered not by what is written about us after we are gone; but more for what we engrave upon the hearts of those we touch during our earthly journey.

    I shall miss my friend Paul Tobin – a gentleman and a gentle man.

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