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Paul Alan Pinkston

July 26, 1959 ~ June 16, 2019 (age 59)

Paul Alan Pinkston, 59 , son, brother, uncle, and friend, of American Fork passed away suddenly June 16, 2019.

Paul was born in Los Angeles, California, on July 26, 1959, the oldest child of Alan and Patricia Pinkston.  Paul grew up in Westchester, California, then, in 1974, the family moved to La Crescenta, just in time for Paul to begin high school at Crescenta Valley High.  He graduated from “CV” in 1977 and remained a loyal “Falcon” his whole life.

Paul loved music and was a great cellist.  He began playing cello at a young age, studying first with his mother, then with Joseph DiTullio.  Paul won several music awards while in high school, and one of his greatest joys, since moving to Utah, was playing with the American Fork Symphony, under Shauna Smith.  He was recently recognized by the orchestra for his dedication and contribution over the last five years. 

Paul also loved family history and teaching others about it.  He served faithfully as a ward family history consultant and was always encouraging family members to write their own histories and post stories and pictures on Family Search.  He was a great advocate for gathering Israel on the other side of the veil. 

Paul also served for several years in the Sunday School presidency in the Grandview 10th Ward--a ward that showered him with love and blessed his life with their goodness and friendship.

Paul was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  He served a full-time mission in Japan Tokyo South from 1979 to 1981.  He loved his mission and loved to share mission stories with his family.  

Paul loved his family and family gatherings.  He is survived by his brother, David, and his sweet sister-in-law, Katherine, as well as nieces and nephews Sydney and Parker Salmans (and Jack, Holly, and Duke), Ally and Dallin Preece (and McKay), Kyle Pinkston, Scott Pinkston, and Brigham Pinkston.  He was welcomed on the other side by his parents, Alan and Patie, his grandparents, LeRoy and Vera Thomsen and Myron and Marion Pinkston, and his nephew, Chad Pinkston.

Funeral services will be held Friday, June 21, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. in the Grandview Stake Center, 1600 N. 1880 W., Provo, Utah. Family and friends may call at the church from 11:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. prior to the services. Interment will be in the Orem City Cemetery. Condolences may be expressed at


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