Paul Luke Sagaser was born on July 8, 1952, to Robert and Margaret (Lukach) Sagaser in Minot, North Dakota. He went home to be with his Lord and Savior on July 7, 2018, while enjoying an evening ride on his motorcycle.
Paul grew up on the family farm northwest of Tioga, ND, near the Big Meadow. As a boy, Paul was an avid reader and he developed a love of collecting rocks. His pockets were always full of rocks and this would one day lead to his life-long career as a geologist. He loved his life on the farm with his family. Summer days were spent playing in the trees with his brothers and sisters, swimming and rafting in the coulee, and herding cattle. The farm kids enjoyed winter days of sledding, ice skating, and building snow forts.
In high school, Paul participated in football, basketball, and track for the Tioga Pirates at Tioga High School. He graduated in 1970 and that year he was a state champion in track, setting the state record for high hurdles.
Paul was awarded a scholarship to North Dakota State University and he played tight end for the Bison for 2 years. He then deferred his higher education to serve his country in the US Navy Reserve. Following basic training, he was stationed in Jacksonville, Florida, where he spent two and one-half years of his Navy career as a Corpsman. He was a kind and caring provider who appreciated his experience in the Navy. He was a proud veteran.
Following his time in the service, Paul returned to NDSU to resume his education. In 1978 he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Geology. After gaining experience in oilfield geology, he purchased equipment to establish his own geological consulting business of PLS, Inc.
Paul had long dreamed of fixing up an old Plymouth car one day, and he did eventually realize that dream. After gaining substantial experience restoring classic cars, he expanded PLS, Inc. to include PLS Automotive and Restoration. His cars were regularly featured in local parades and car shows around the country. He was a member of the Dakota Cruiser car club. Paul’s last project was a 1970 Plymouth Super Bird.
Paul also loved motorcycles, purchasing his first in Florida during his Navy term. Upon returning to his home area, he purchased a 1964 Harley-Davidson Panhead. He enjoyed riding to the Sturgis Rally with his wife, Holly, and their friends; later he was joined by his sons. Paul was driving the Panhead on his last day here on earth.
Paul married his soul mate, Holly Binde, in Ambrose, ND, on November 28, 1987. They made their home near Epping, North Dakota, and they celebrated 30 years together last fall. They raised their 3 sons at their home near Epping. They lost their beloved daughter, Chantel, in 1999 and have continued to grieve her loss these 19 years.
Paul was a loving father who enjoyed cheering on his boys in their numerous activities of sports, scouting, music, hunting, fishing, and gardening. He instilled in them a love of cars and motorcycles: from driving and repairing them, and then guiding them in their own classic car restoration endeavors. Paul became a first-time grandfather in 2017. He loved being with his grandson, Haaken, showing him off and teaching him to love cars.
Paul loved music and acquired an extensive collection of vinyl albums, cassettes, and CD’s of all genres. Family and friends loved attending live concerts with him. He was an accomplished, self-taught harmonicist and he enjoyed playing along at family gatherings.
Paul had a deep personal faith in God and he exemplified a very peaceful manner in his life. With his great height, he was known as a kind and gentle giant. He was generous and helpful, never declining a need for help or a request for assistance. Along with his family, Paul was well-loved by his many nieces and nephews. He was a fun and caring, willing and available influence to all of them. He danced with all his nieces at weddings; he fished with all his nephews at the family reunions. Always ready to tease and share a chuckle, he may have been the only person who didn’t know he was everybody’s favorite uncle.
Paul will be sorely missed by his wife, Holly, of 30 years,; sons Luke, Quinn (Dani), and Laban, grandson Haaken, all of Epping, ND; brothers Mark (Lana) of Portland, Oregon, Tom (Sheila) of Bismarck, ND, Stevan (Patricia) of Grand Forks, ND, Samuel (Jodie) Tioga, ND; sisters Monica (Michael) Siggerud of Fargo, ND, Jeanne Sagaser Rassier of Mandan, ND, his many nieces and nephews, and appropriated son Guy Larabee of Epping, ND.
He was preceded in death by his cherished daughter, Chantel; his parents; infant brothers, John and Joseph; a sister-in-law, Judy Sagaser; a brother-in-law, Robert Rassier.