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Paul Carothers, 83

January 24, 2014

Paul Carothers, the last of seven children of Dr. Paul Carothers and
Maybelle Chase Carothers of Broken Bow, died Jan. 17 in Beatrice. He was 83.
An avid hunter and angler all of his life, Paul also was a high school teacher and football coach, by profession and a farmer by avocation. He farmed in Custer County early in his life and upon retirement in the 1990s, he and his wife, Donna, lived on their farm north of Broken Bow. He delighted in returning to his home town in retirement and enjoyed renewing old friendships there.
Paul loved teaching and coaching, especially football. He coached in high schools in Hooper, Anselmo-Merna, Gordon, Grand Island, Waverly and Stanton during his career, and was honored by being selected as one of the coaches in the 1971 Shrine Bowl game.
He was hard-working to a fault, had a good sense of humor, and was a patient coach to the student athletes he worked with. At one point in his career, he had a choice between teaching jobs in eastern Nebraska and the Panhandle. He chose the job in the Panhandle because of the opportunities to hunt and fish, and those were some of his happiest years.
He married Donna Joan McCandless, a dance teacher from Lincoln, in 1955, after graduating from Peru State College, where he played football.
Paul was a diligent worker for the Custer County Democratic Party in retirement. A populist at heart, he never gave up hope that he could persuade enough voters to elect a Democrat to state or county office.
Paul wrestled with the challenges of Alzheimer's disease for the last decade of his life and in 2009, he and Donna moved to Beatrice to be closer to their children.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughter, Anne Carothers-Kay of Des Moines, Iowa; sons, Paul of Bryan, Texas, Andrew (and wife Lynn) of Beatrice, and Alan (and wife Chris) of South Sioux City; grandchildren, Allison, Cate, Emily, Mallory and Sarah Carothers, and Evan and Meagan Kay.
A memorial service was held in Beatrice and Paul was buried in Custer County Cemetery next to his father, aunts, and several of his older sisters. A celebration of his life will be held in Broken Bow over Memor-ial Day weekend.
Memorials are established to the Custer County Pheasants Forever and the Alzheimer's Association with Harman-Wright Mortuary, 623 Elk Street, Beatrice, NE 68310 in charge.

Published in Custer County Chief, Jan. 23, 2014

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