Paul Adolph Muklewicz was born on March 20, 1950 in Steubenville, Ohio. He played offensive tackle for Steubenville High School, where he was a 3-year letterman for Coach Abe Bryan’s teams in 1966, 1967, and 1968.
After graduating from Steubenville High School in 1969, he and his lifelong friend, James Mavromatis, went to Glendale Community College in Arizona where they started on the Gauchos football team. In 1971, Paul planned on transferring to the University of Miami (Florida), which offered him a full scholarship to play football. Instead, he transferred to Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, Utah, where he played offensive tackle under Coaches Tom Hudspeth and Lavelle Edwards.
At BYU, Paul married Deborah Kay Ledbetter, with whom he had three children - Jacob Thomas Muklewicz (Alma) of Lehi, Utah; Jeremy Paul Muklewicz of Dallas, Texas; and Tara Vanessa Alexander (deceased).
Paul is preceded in death by his parents, Stanley Jacob Muklewicz and Wanda Edna Pick; his brother, Stanley Muklewicz; and daughter, Tara Vanessa Alexander.
Throughout his life, Paul helped his family, friends, and those in need. Every day after double shifts at Titanium Metals, where he worked for over 20 years in the tube mill and lab, he looked after his mother, the late Chief George Mavromatis, whom he regarded as a second father, and his family and friends.
In his later years, he enjoyed teaching his grandchildren - Mikaela, Agnieszka, Paulina, Jakub, and Jadwiga, how to swim and ride their bikes. He played with them in the park and took them on rides in his pickup truck.
As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Paul believed in the truth of eternal family. He often performed religious rites for his deceased ancestors in Holy Temples wherever he lived.
Paul rejoices in the blessed reunion with his beloved family members who greeted him when he passed. He will continue watching over and caring for those family members and friends whom he left behind.
Calling hours will be Monday from 4-6 pm at the Mosti Funeral Home, Sunset Chapel, 4435 Sunset Blvd., Steubenville. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home Tuesday at 10 am. Burial will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
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