Max Everett Paschall was born in Puryear, TN on August 23, 1936, to Bailey “Peyton” Paschall and Thelma Jackson Paschall. One of his favorite pursuits, working on cars, took hold early on and never let go.
He moved to Denver in 1954 and lived with his brother and family. It was there that he met Marilyn Joan Sayer while working part-time at a filling station in 1956; that year he left Union Pacific to accept an entry level position at Sundstrand Aviation. Max and Marilyn married on September 6, 1957, at St. Catherine’s and welcomed the first of four daughters, Teresa, in 1958. Jenifer arrived in 1960, then Jodie in 1967, and Kendra in 1970; he always strived to teach his girls skills that would serve them later in life.
In Denver, they met lifelong friends, explored the mountains, and learned to ski. They bought a lot in Breckenridge that had a view of Peak 9 and proceeded to build a double A-frame of Max’s design from the ground up. An opportunity arose to advance within the company as QA Manager in Singapore; the whole clan, including their toy poodle Touche, relocated there in 1975. The next three years were rich in cultural experiences, world travel, and lasting friendships.
In 1978, the family moved back to the US when Max accepted a job at the plant in Rockford, IL where the family enjoyed adventures in boating and the attractions of the Windy City and Lake Geneva. A transfer to Grand Junction brought them back to the state they loved; the high desert climate and joys of Lake Powell served as the backdrop for the next 6 years.
A move to Wilsonville OR offered the next new discoveries. Max and Marilyn were able to be near adult children and grandchildren while exploring the Oregon Coast, Portland, and Victoria, BC. They returned to Denver in 2008 where they enjoyed an urban lifestyle and met more terrific friends. They also embarked on another project in the mountains - the renovation of a circa 1874 church.
In 2019 they opted to move back to the Pacific Northwest, landing at Mary’s Woods in Lake Oswego. There were more good times with their extended family of 5 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Max’s diagnosis with Alzheimer’s Disease led to his decline over the ensuing 4 years; Marilyn cared for him in their home during this challenging phase. He was in Memory Care for several months where she would visit daily and advocate for both Max and the other residents.
Max passed away on November 8, 2023. He will be remembered for his devotion to family, his quick sense of humor, his ever-present work ethic, his surprising ingenuity, and his ability to fix anything. His adventurous spirit, loving heart, and skillful hands will be remembered always. His family would appreciate any contributions in his memory to be made to Alzheimer’s research.