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Paul Eugene Duke January 26, 1960 – November 14, 2021

Celebration of Life

Paul Eugene Duke, 61, passed away in his home Sunday evening, November 14, 2021. Paul was a resident of Tehachapi for 32 years.

Paul was raised by his loving parents Olga and Gene Duke, with his brother Dan in Bakersfield California. Growing up, he participated in Boy Scouts, and was involved in swimming through Junior College. He enjoyed annual family vacations to Yosemite.

He always had an interest in aviation and everything mechanical which led him to a fulfilling career in aerospace and motorcycles. Paul worked for Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, numerous motorcycle shops, and finally Loyds Aviation as Maintenance Manager, to round out his career.

Paul married the "Girl of His Dreams", Kristine in 1989. He lived in a lovely home on a hill with his wife in Tehachapi, California and the two were happily married for 32 years. There Paul and Kristine raised their two children, Amanda, and Jeremy. Paul was always involved with his children's sports, school, and church activities. Paul was also a two-time cancer survivor.

Paul was a valued member of the Knights of Columbus and Tehachapi High School Robotics Team. He had a long membership with the Knights and arrived at the rank of Grand Knight. He was their master tri-tip cook. Paul was very involved with the Robotics Team where he served as a mentor for over ten years. He loved dirt bike riding and had many outings with his family and the Jackrabbits Dirt Bike Club. Paul was an avid golf lover and would play annual Father's Day Golf with his brother Dan.

Paul's legacy lives on through his wife Kristine, two children, Amanda and Jeremy, his brother, Dan Duke, and close family members in Australia.

Paul was passionate about his family, faith and of course world problems. He is loved for all these things and more. Paul will be dearly missed.

The family would appreciate donations to the Knights of Columbus, and the Tehachapi High School Robotics Team.

Paul's Mass of Resurrection was held at St. Malachy's Church in Tehachapi, on December 17. He will be laid to rest at Tehachapi West Cemetery.

Wood Family Funeral Service has been entrusted with his care. For condolences, please visit http://www.woodmortuary.net. Wood Family Funeral Service requires guests to practice social distancing and face masks/covering are highly recommended.