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Paul Wiley

Paul R. Wiley

Saturday, October 4th, 1941 - Sunday, February 23rd, 2020
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Obituary

Paul Richard Wiley “Wiley” died at home on Sunday February 23, 2020, in Ketchum, Idaho. His loving wife Fran was with him.

Wiley grew up in Seattle, and attended Franklin H.S.

He started making beautiful wood waterskis in his garage in 1965. He eventually quit his day job and opened the still successful shop in South Park, in Seattle, that his son Darren now owns. Wiley was the heart and soul of Wiley’s Water Skis – a Seattle institution since 1965.

As one of the first water ski manufacturers, Wiley helped to make Seattle a thriving center of hand-crafted skis.
He mentored many budding entrepreneurs through his business, and employed hundreds of young water ski enthusiasts over the years.

He donated many of his vast water and snow ski collection to various museums, and numerous others are still on display at the Wiley’s Ski Shop.

Wiley was a passionate snow skier, and enjoyed singing and yodeling, and had a wealth of inappropriate jokes.

In his early years he was a ski instructor at Steven’s Pass with Audett Ski School, where he made life-long friends in the Skykomish ski community.

In summers, he could be seen driving around Seattle in his ’65 Cadillac Convertible, often with his beloved granddaughter Quinn, who even had the honor of driving it!

Later Wiley bought a home in Ketchum, where he skied Baldy Mountain every winter, and was a proud member of “Ancient Skiers”.

He also spent several months a year thawing out in Kihei on Maui.

Wiley will be missed. He was a wonderful, stubborn, ridiculously funny, and generous man!

Wiley is survived by his wife Fran, son Darren (Kristin), granddaughter Quinn, and his brother Roger.
He was preceded in death by his son Brian.

Family and friends are invited to celebrate Wiley’s life from 4-7 p.m., Friday March 6, 2020, at
The American Legion Hall, 220 Cottonwood St., Ketchum, Idaho 83340.

Wiley’s family suggests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made in his name to:
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, 825 Eastlake Ave. E., Seattle, WA 98109.
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    Friday, March 6th, 2020 | 4:00pm
    When
    Friday, March 6th, 2020 4:00pm
    Location
    American Legion Hall Post 115
    Address
    220 Cottonwood St.
    KETCHUM, ID 83340
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    Notes
    Celebration of Life from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

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Pat Berg

Posted at 01:12pm
Paul was a gregarious, funny fellow who was always interested in people. Our family met him when we built out cabin in Skykomish. He was interested from the get-go if we had any ski equipment needs and would show up with his arms full of parkas, sweaters and skiis the following weekend. He was a "happenin" kind of guy and knew everyone where ever he showed up. Many is the time while skiing Baldy, or Stevens, Paul would see you and yodel his greeting. We always knew when he was around. He could turn a mediocre day into a great one simply by virtue of his presence. I want to add my voice to the many others who knew and loved Paul and say that I too will miss him. He was "one of a kind" who could charm and lift the spirits of all of us. In loving memory, Pat Berg
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Lyn Stallard

Posted at 12:11pm
Wiley was an incredible friend and I'm sure he's still telling his best jokes to the angels! I think some of them even made it onstage with Mike Murphy. Many years ago, I had the honor of riding around with him in San Francisco in his beloved convertible and skiing with him and enjoying his company one Halloween in Seattle and his many parties in Sun Valley. He will be missed by many!
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