Paul Steven Finden

Paul Steven Finden

July 18, 1937 ~ May 24, 2020

Resided in: San Clemente, California

Paul Steven Finden of San Clemente, CA passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, May 24, 2020, surrounded by family and listening to golf, his favorite pastime, after 82 wonderful years of life.

He is survived by his devoted wife and best friend of over 60 years, Gail (Rauchstadt) Finden, his three adult children and their spouses Jill Finden-McMahon and Mike McMahon of Portland OR, Julie (Finden) Anderson and Shon Anderson of El Cajon CA and Steve and Liz (Nelson) Finden of Incline Village NV. He was also a proud Papa to his seven grandchildren: Elise (and spouse Rusty Powers), Evan and Tess McDermott, Alex and Avery Finden, and Stephen and Tawny Anderson.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Alpha, of Glenwood MN, where he spent his youth fishing, hunting, skiing and golfing. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical engineering through the ROTC program, and achieved the rank of lieutenant commander in the US Navy, where he taught engineering at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD after his active duty commission at sea.

He was an excellent scholar and athlete as a member of the ski jumping and golf teams at the U of M, played saxophone in the marching band for the Golden Gophers, and attended the 1962 Rose Bowl victory over UCLA in Pasadena.

After his honorable discharge from the Navy, Paul brought his young family home to the Twin Cities region of MN and began a 30-year career in Sales and Marketing with 3M Corporation. His job brought him back and forth to the west coast until Paul and Gail decided to settle in CA, primarily Orange County, with a brief stint in the Bay Area. Upon his retirement, they moved to San Clemente, and have spent the past 24 years enjoying the beautiful ocean views.

Paul’s life was full, and the majority of it was spent with his loving wife at his side. He enjoyed golf at San Clemente Municipal and Shorecliffs Golf Clubs, Wednesday beach nights and monthly gourmet club dinners with their Mission Viejo friends, and driving up the coast for wine tasting, golf outings and the annual Jazz Festival. They also spent every June at their time share in Lake Tahoe. Paul and Gail loved to travel throughout Europe and took many cruises where Paul’s favorite part were the days at sea. In between, they hosted countless dinners at home for family and friends, often featuring Paul’s famous Caesar salad.

Paul’s life ended abruptly after a four month battle with advanced bile duct cancer. A celebration of life will be held at St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church in Dana Point, CA at 11:00am on Monday, June 15. His ashes will be interred with military honors at Miramar National Cemetery in San Diego, CA at a later date.

Paul will be deeply missed by those of us lucky enough to have called him husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He never missed a chance to smile, express kindness and treat people of all stations with dignity and respect. He asked to be remembered as a man of faith, honor, and love of family. He will live on, close to our hearts, until we reunite in heaven. God bless him.



Memorial Mass: June 15, 2020 11:00 am

St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church
33926 Calle La Primavera
Dana Point, CA 92629

(949) 496-1307

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  1. Avery Finden June 1, 2020 at 4:35 pm - Reply

    What a wonderful man and loving grandfather.

  2. Randy & Pam Smith June 3, 2020 at 6:58 pm - Reply

    We will always remember all the fun times with golf trips to the Central Coast. We will miss you, McDreamy!

  3. Frank Schneider June 4, 2020 at 11:22 am - Reply

    While I was not a close friend of Paul’s, he always greeted me with a warm smile and sincere interest in my well being. He will make Heaven even a better place. Paul was a TRUE GENTLEMAN and will be missed by not only me, but all. RIP Paul.

  4. Art and Pat Cook June 4, 2020 at 11:31 am - Reply

    May memories comfort you and bring you Peace and May God’s love bring Peach and Comfort, during this difficult time.
    As a gift of Prayers You will be remembered in the daily Mass and prayers offered at,
    Sacred Heart Southern Missions, for one Full Year.
    God Bless you Gail,and all your family,
    Love Art and Pat

  5. Art and Pat Cook June 4, 2020 at 11:49 am - Reply

    Paul was a wonderful gentleman in all ways, from gourmet, to travel to vineyards, and Beach night. We will be remembering often. God Bless you, Paul!
    Love, Art and Pat

  6. Bette June 4, 2020 at 3:29 pm - Reply

    I will miss you so much my wonderful brother. You were one of the greatest men I ever new. You are now with Gary and Ken give them my love. Blessed be the lord
    With all my love.

  7. Bette hafdal herbst June 5, 2020 at 9:52 am - Reply

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  8. Chuck Robinson June 5, 2020 at 11:08 am - Reply

    Rest in peace….Chuck and Jo Ann Robinson

  9. Julie Anderson June 5, 2020 at 11:34 am - Reply

    I miss you so much Dad. I am so blessed to have you as my Dad who I love and respect more than words can say. Rest In Peace Dad and we will see each other in heaven one day.

  10. Stacey Linden June 5, 2020 at 12:02 pm - Reply

    I am thinking of you all at this tough time. Hugs to all!!
    With Love, Stacey Linden

  11. Sue king June 5, 2020 at 2:08 pm - Reply

    Gail and family, wishing you the comfort of precious memories at this sad time. Sue King

  12. Anna June 6, 2020 at 1:26 pm - Reply

    Gail and family, praying for Gods peace and comfort during this time……Anna Nathanson

  13. Anna Nathanson June 6, 2020 at 1:29 pm - Reply

    Gail and family, praying for Gods peace and comfort during this trying times…..Anna Nathanson

  14. Rachel Carreon June 6, 2020 at 4:52 pm - Reply

    RIP Paul you will be missed but never forgotten Gail God be with you and your family

  15. Ken Winkler June 7, 2020 at 6:33 pm - Reply

    All I can say is that “PABLO” was a true gentleman, and I cherished each and every time we played golf together at the Muni in San Clemente. It was almost traditional that we gave each other a big hug as soon as we spotted each other prior to the start of each men’s club tournament. Paul had the sweetest golf swing, and it seemed like he was always in the fairway. I loved all the stories we shared at the 19th hole. Paul, you’ll certainly be missed by all your friends at the Muni, but more than that, our “FEARSOME FOURSOME”, of Don, Al, and myself. Godspeed my friend.

  16. Scott Moore June 8, 2020 at 8:26 am - Reply

    Paul always had a smile on his face whenever he looked my way. I could tell that he was a gentle soul and his kind spirit will be missed around the grounds of the San Clemente Golf Course.

  17. Terry Moher June 8, 2020 at 12:07 pm - Reply

    Paul, you will be missed. Loved that wonderful smile you had for all!

    Terry & Jim Moher

  18. Bobbi Hoopengarner June 9, 2020 at 11:42 am - Reply

    Hersh and I and our beach night group shared so many stories around the campfire- past experiences of growing up, our kids, and then grandkids. We all grew closer and celebrated so many holidays together I will miss seeing Paul with his friendless smile and greeting but know I will see him again in heaven.

  19. Patrice King June 12, 2020 at 4:39 pm - Reply

    Our thoughts are with the
    Finden family at the is most difficult time. Patrice and Vern King

  20. Pam & Al Fehn June 15, 2020 at 9:43 am - Reply

    Our deepest sympathy to you Gail and your family. We cherish the many fun times we’ve had over the past 56 years. So sad —. Keep in touch.

    Pam & Al

  21. Molly Evans June 15, 2020 at 3:12 pm - Reply

    Dear Gail, Jill, Steve and Julie- our hearts are with you today. We have especially fond memories of Paul being the kindest and most generous soul. What a lovely man he was. We are holding you close.

    The Evans family

  22. ALLAN ROY June 17, 2020 at 4:27 pm - Reply

    Loved Paul…what a great guy! Always cheerful, never one to complain , even when the golf course was winning. I never knew that he taught at the USNA, As a 1970 grad, it would have been interesting to swap ‘boat school’ stories with him. I will miss his warm smile.

    Al Roy

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