Paul David Navar
(September 27, 1956 - February 21, 2009)
Paul David Navar St. George, UT - Paul David Navar, M.D. was a young 52 when he passed away in St. George, Utah on Saturday, February 21st. Paul passed away enjoying an activity he loved, bicycling. He was found at the top of Chuck-walla Trail, surrounded by beautiful red rocks, with the view of Pine Valley Mountain in the background. Paul did not die in an accident; he rode to the top of the mountain, dismounted his bicycle, grabbed his water bottle, and laid back to take in the view. This was where Paul went peacefully, and if he could have chosen how he would go, this would have been it. Paul was born September 27, 1956 in El Paso, Texas to Macedonio and Julianne Navar. The oldest of seven, his favorite phrase was "Mom and Dad have loved me the longest." As his five younger sisters grew into beautiful women, Paul became the protective, older brother. He was a star athlete at his high school, and it is there where he met his future wife, Marsha Sales. Paul went on to Stanford University where he played football his freshman and sophomore year. He graduated in three years on January 5, 1978, with a Bachelor of Science. Paul was then accepted to Southwestern Medical School. While in medical school, he married his wonderful wife, Marsha, on June 20, 1980. He graduated in the top 10%, and was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. In 1982, he and his wife moved to Salt Lake City to complete his residency at the University of Utah, where he received the outstanding intern award. It was there that his first son, Jon Paul, was born. When Paul completed his residency, he moved back to El Paso where he became the director of two major emergency rooms. While in El Paso he welcomed his second son, Kirk, and his little angel, Allison. In 1999, Paul moved his family to St. George, Utah where he opened his own practice in Age Management Medicine. Paul had many hobbies. He would strive to become the best at one and then would move on to the next. He was an expert golfer, tennis player, hiker, pilot, heli-skier, rappeller, dirt biker, geocacher, and mountain biker. He was the best husband, father, son and brother. Paul was also a bit of a nerd. He enjoyed coin and rock collecting, chess and reading. Paul was a brilliant, athletic, healthy, handsome, happy man. Just like Clark Kent, my daddy was "Superman!" Paul is survived by his wife Marsha, and his three children Jon Paul, Kirk, and Alli, as well as his parents, Macedonio and Julianne Navar, his five sisters, Julie Navar, Becky Rash (Steve), Laurie Gill (Doug), Emily Navar (Alfred Rordame), and Amanda Farias (Paco). His surviving in-laws include Kim Sales, John Sales, Jack and Carol Sales, Merry and Pat Cherry, Kirk and Lorraine Sales, Debbie and Tom Galvin as well as many other loving aunts and uncles, cousins, nephews and nieces. Paul is preceded in death by his younger brother Louis Patrick Navar. A service will be held Thursday, February 26th at 1:00 pm at Metcalf Mortuary, 288 West St. George Blvd. Arrangements under the direction of Metcalf Mortuary, 435-673-4221. See Metcalf’s website at www.metcalfmortuary.com for condolences and full obituary and funeral listings. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Paul Navar Fund at Zions Bank . A fund set up to help with the Medical School Tuition of Jon Paul Navar. Dr. Navar was very proud that his eldest son will be attending Medical School at Ohio State this fall.