Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Owen Paul Doyle, Sr. January 14, 1925—August 10, 2007

I want to take a moment and remember our faithful parishioner, Paul Doyle. He died fortified with the sacraments of Holy Church, surrounded by his wife, Mary Lou, and his children.
Owen Paul Doyle, Sr. of El Dorado was born January 14, 1925 to Owen Paul and Laura Mulry Doyle in Sayre, Oklahoma and died August 10, 2007 of cancer at the Life Touch Hospice Facility of El Dorado, Arkansas. Paul is survived by his wife, Mary Lou Barber, and nine children. Paul was a beloved family man, church leader, and active in civic affairs and overnment. Paul retired from Murphy Oil Corporation in 1990 as Senior Vice President of Engineering after 30 years of service. Paul was a graduate of Notre Dame University at Southbend, Indiana in naval science (1946) and chemical engineering (1949). He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was honorably discharged. Paul has lived in El Dorado since 1968 after being promoted from Superintendent of the Murphy Oil Meraux refinery near New Orleans, Louisiana to become corporate vice-president. All nine children graduated from El Dorado High School and area colleges. Paul is remembered mostly for his humble and giving spirit that never knew a stranger and was a pillar of strength and support to family and friends. Paul was a faithful member of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church of El Dorado, Arkansas and served as extraordinary minister of Holy Communion. He was a founding member of the Holy Redeemer Knights of Columbus Council, and the Father Louis Janesko Assembly of the 4th degree Knights of Columbus.
The late Mr. Charles Murphy of Murphy Oil once told me something that the late Fr. Louis Janesko told him, that "The best thing that Murphy Oil ever did for Holy Redeemer Church was to transfer Paul Doyle from New Orleans to El Dorado." I think that it is still true.


mhuhner said...

What a nice tribute to Dad, thank you!! I believe when Dad entered heaven, he heard the words, "Well done, my child." He lived every day as a disciple of Christ. He truly loved his Church and was all about being the person Christ wants us all to be. As one of his children, I can't imagine what life is going to be like, without him. I feel so blessed and thankful God chose him to be my father. You're welcome to visit www.owenpauldoyle.net to see and read more about a wonderful man and a great father. Thanks again, Fr. Gregory, this truly touches my heart!!! :-)


Anonymous said...

A lovely and loving tribute to a deserving man. I count myself as fortunate to have known Paul and his family since they came to ElDorado in 1968. As one of his fellow parishioners I can testify as to the degree that he will be missed! Paul, intercede in our behalf. We thank you, we miss you, we love you! gerry t