Paul Kevin Fromdahl, 66, of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, passed away unexpectedly in February 2021. Born Oct. 8, 1954, in Tacoma, Wash., to Earl and Phyllis Fromdahl. It was there as a young boy that he discovered his love for aviation and speed.
Paul won numerous ski and motocross races in his teens, loved to scuba dive, became a licensed pilot at age 19, worked as an air traffic controller in Albany, Ore., for years and flew single and double prop planes until the 1980s, when his vision changed. When asked about airplanes, he would tell the story of how, as a little boy, he would climb the fence at the airfield near his home just so he could touch the tail of an airplane parked on the tarmac. Paul had a great career in the aviation world and then settled in Coeur d'Alene, working at the Coeur d’Alene Airport for AeroStar Aircraft Corp.
Paul enjoyed all four seasons after a lifetime abroad and was happy to call Coeur d'Alene home for the last 24 years. He often enjoyed the local ski slopes and boating on beautiful Coeur d’Alene Lake. Upon his retirement, he enjoyed tinkering in his garage with his son, Alex, often working on cars and bikes. He read the daily paper or a book from the local library with his cat, Minnie, and spent his evenings out enjoying time with friends downtown. Paul was also a decade-long member on the Fraternal Order of the Eagles CDA #486.
Paul is survived by his son, Alex Fromdahl and daughter, Laura Cogburn (Mark) and two grandchildren, Reagan and Ricky. He is also survived by his three sisters: Adrienne Hager, Shelley Ackley (Bill) and Gail Norvell (Larry). He is preceded in death by his daughter, Kaelan Ashley Fromdahl and parents, Earl and Phyllis Fromdahl.
English Funeral Chapel is entrusted with the final arrangements for the Fromdahl Family. In lieu of flowers, send donations in his name to Cd'A Eagles #486 or his grade school, St. Francis Cabrini, Lakewood, Wash.