Paul Robert Monk, 80, of Anthem, Arizona passed away peacefully with his family present on July 24, 2022, in Glendale, Arizona. He was born on May 7, 1942 to Elmer and Astrid Monk in Seattle, Washington. His beloved sister, Dale, clearly remembers it being a sunny day, which is rare in May in Seattle, but Paul was a rare man, so it was a sign of things to come. Paul graduated from West Seattle High School in 1960, then attended Olympic College and the University of Washington. Paul met Suzanne Bendt on a fateful bus trip in 1961. She was the most beautiful woman he had ever seen, and he would tell everyone it was love at first sight. They were married in Enumclaw, Washington on June 18, 1965. They had three children, Ynez, Russell and Deana. In high school, Paul spent summers working with his father Elmer and Uncle Bob on the charter boat, the Sea-Mar in Tokeland, Washington, as well as on the Washington State ferries in several roles. He served on MV Kalakala and MV Tillicum. He even had the opportunity to steer the MV Kalakala. As he tells the story, he got a little too close to shore, so this was his only opportunity. He served in the US Air Force, stationed in Okinawa, Japan. While in college, Paul returned to Washington State ferries, serving on the MV Vashon. He also worked for Boeing as a store clerk, manufacturing inspector, and tooling and production planner. His love of Puget Sound, the Pacific Ocean and all things maritime continued as he moved into the steamship industry, first in Seattle for Arthur J Fritz & Co, then transferred in Portland, Oregon in 1971. He then moved to Olympic Steamship Co, where he remained for 13 years, becoming the district manager. In 1987 he moved to International Shipping Co, Inc, where he was a managing director and board member, and remained until his retirement in 2006. Paul enjoyed being a steamship agent. He had the opportunity to meet people from all over the world, learn about different cultures and continue to work in the maritime field he loved. He was president of the Portland Steam Operators Association in 1986, an honor of which he was very proud. He had many interesting experiences, but none as difficult as being the agent for the owner of the MV New Carissa, a freighter that ran aground on a beach near Coos Bay, Oregon in February 1999. Paul and Suzy have raised their family in Oregon City, Oregon. and resided there from 1972 until his retirement to Anthem, Arizona in February 2007. Paul was a loving and devoted husband to Suzy of 57 years, father and grandfather. In Arizona, he and Suzy were able to actively participate in the lives of their daughters and grandchildren. Paul enjoyed boating the Willamette River and Lake Merwin, first with the Monk Maru and then with the Daydreamer. He shared many family adventures, from camping at the cabin in Westport, WA to visiting loved ones in Seattle after moving to Portland. He was kind, patient, funny, honest and touched the lives of the people he met, whether professionally or personally. He was an eternal guy with a glass ¾ full – always finding the positive. He had a warm laugh, an inviting smile and it was so much fun to be with him, whether at home or on an adventure. He spent his last years living with Parkinson’s disease and advanced metastatic prostate cancer. When he found his cancer was no longer in remission, he found humor, stating that he had found his cure for Parkinson’s disease – cancer. On June 7, 2021, Paul celebrated 50 years of alcohol sobriety. The incredible achievement was celebrated with his family and commemorated with 18,250 cents – one for each day of sobriety. He added another 365 pennies last June. Paul received much care, comfort and companionship at the Muhammad Ali Parkinson’s Center in Phoenix. In his last days, he was surrounded by his family at the Hospice de la Vallée. Their staff provided compassion and comfort to Paul and his entire family. Paul passed away peacefully with his wife Suzy and daughter Ynez by his side. Paul is survived by his beloved wife Suzy, his daughter Ynez Cross, his son-in-law Dave Low, his daughter Deana Crisp, his son-in-law Mike Crisp, his favorite granddaughter Sabrina Bonn and her husband Marcos Gutierrez, his cherished grandsons Carver Bonn and Bradon Cross, and his beloved big sister, Dale Cameron. He is reunited with his son Russell Monk, his parents Elmer and Astrid Monk, and many dear friends who preceded him in death. He will be greatly missed. A celebration of life will be held on August 27, 2022 at the Carillon Chapel in Glendale, Arizona. Paul’s information and memories can be shared at www.ChapeloftheChimesMortuary.com. A secondary celebration will take place in Seattle in June 2023.
Posted July 30, 2022
Posted in The Arizona Republic