Rev. Paul Danielson Obituary
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Rev. Paul Everett Danielson
Rev. Paul Everett Danielson
A resident of the Monterey Bay area for nearly fifty years, Paul
life to serving others and exploring and protecting the Monterey environment.
Paul was born on August 18, 1938 in Santa Barbara, CA to Paul & Katharine Danielson.
Ordained as an Episcopal deacon in 1964 and a priest in 1965, Paul began his pastoral career as assistant rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Endicott, NY, serving under the Rev. George Entwisle.
Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Paul
and his future father-in-law went to Selma, Alabama in 1965, to join fellow clergy in registering voters and standing with civil right leaders to protest racial injustice occurring in the South.
In 1969, Paul
became Pastor at theâ,¯Church of the Good Shepherd in Corral de Tierra, Salinas, CA - moving into Toro Park the very day their first son, John, was born in Santa Cruz.
and Margaret helped grow Good Shepherd, a small mission church, into a dynamic Christian community with more than 200 active members.
Another highlight was an extended sabbatical Paul
took to the Holy Land.
But best by far was the 16 years of sharing life with his
Paul also served periodically as a part-time chaplain at York School in Monterey, CA. for over 40 years.
In 1984, Paul left Good Shepherd to become chaplain, teacher, coach and pastor at All Saints' Day School in Carmel Valley, CA. During his 17 years at All Saints', he nurtured, entertained, and inspired hundreds of young people, their parents, and the school's staff.
For many, Paul
became the "heart" of the school, and went on to perform numerous marriage and baptism ceremonies for grateful alumni.
Paul retired in 2001 and began his "third career" focusing on conservation, hiking, his spiritual life and continued service to others.
concentrated on preserving the wild beauty of the Big Sur Coast, the Ventana Wilderness
, and Marks Ranch.
He was a Board Member of The Big Sur Land Trust and was especially committed to the Ventana Wilderness Alliance conservation organization.
explored the Ventana Wilderness
extensively and connected with many longtime residents to discover its history.
passion for hiking the Ventana
led him to publish two comprehensive books describing abandoned trails and camps of this rugged area: "Lost Camps of the Ventana
" and "Invisible Camps of the Ventana.
will be remembered as a Ventana Legend.
Though officially retiring in 2001, Paul
continued to serve his community by ministering to the residents and staff of Carmel Valley Manor and Madonna Manor; delivering donations for Nancy's Project; and preaching and leading studies at St. Joseph's Church
loved sports, music, hiking, camping, traveling, reading and exploring.
was always inquisitive; loved learning and challenging his
was a kind and gentle serving soul, full of curiosity, caring, humor, and love, which he
shared generously with others.
Known as "Father Paul
" to hundreds in the Monterey Bay area, Paul had a unique ability to form meaningful personal connections.
will live on in the hearts and the good deeds of the many people whose lives he
will be greatly missed.
Paul is survived by his wife Margaret; his three sons John, Mark, and David; his daughters-in-law Kristen and Margaret; and his three grandchildren Kai, Ruby, and Madelyn.