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Paul Wiley

Paul R. Wiley

Saturday, October 4th, 1941 - Sunday, February 23rd, 2020
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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
    Friday, March 6th, 2020 4:00pm
    American Legion Hall Post 115
    220 Cottonwood St.
    KETCHUM, ID 83340
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    Celebration of Life from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.


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Posted at 12:51am
I have a furniture shop, Steiner Services and stopped by Wiley's shop one day years ago to see if he might be interested in trading for a slalom ski? He didn't hesitate, handing me three demo skis and said go try them! It told me a lot about him right away, that he would trust me having just met. We continued to exchanged stories about Wally Burr and how so many ski builders including himself were influenced by Wally.
Wally had invented the "tunnel" ski.
The three demo's that Paul gave me to try all had generic tops so you didn't know what brand ski you were trying.
I was out on Lake Tapps where we grew up skiing. I had never competed much in water skiing but could run a slalom course about where the pros would start. I tried the first two skis, they were okay, but nothing that grabbed me. I didn't have much left in the tank, but tried the third one anyway, thinking I needed to at least try all three.
When I first started turning it, it didn't feel like anything special, but stable and quiet. So I pushed it a bit more and more of the same, smooth, stable and quiet, tracking very well. So I started laying it over even harder and more of the same!

When I went back to Paul's shop, I exclaimed that this one ski with the candy stripe top, (Ugly as heck!) was really kind of incredible! His comment was that it was the top selling ski, a Kidder Red Line! Later when I hooked up with a few friends to ski some different slalom courses around the sound, they were all on the Kidder!

I think I built Paul a small side table, maybe even out of some of the laminated pieces from his shop.
I didn't know Paul well, but that story is well etched in my mind, I've told it many times.
Thanks Paul for the great memory! ..... John Steiner

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

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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