Gulbrand Paul Miranda Dec. 14, 1925 — Dec. 11, 2017
Paul was born at home at Laupahoehoe along the Hamakua Coast on the island of Hawaii. One week before his 16th birthday, he watched as the bombers flew over on the way to attack Pearl Harbor, thus many adventures in his world took on a new life. Paul joined the U.S. Navy and, before the age of 19, he had served in seven major battles in the Pacific Theater. His tales of war were legendary to all who knew him. After discharge, he came to live in California where he worked hard, married Jeanine George, and started a family.
Upon retiring, Paul moved to Sonora, where his dreams were further realized with a new chapter in life: a ranch, a circle of friends, and lodge brothers who enriched his life to the fullest. Paul was a gifted storyteller and delighted in transporting his audience to exciting places. His gift was put to use as a docent for Columbia State Park and also as a Shrine Clown. Paul lived to serve. He held many prestigious titles within the organizations to which he belonged. His accomplishments were numerous and admirable. At the time of his death he was the last crew member standing from the USS Hoel DD-533
Paul is survived by, and the hero of, his children, Paulette Berry, Sandra Miranda, Denise Leonor, Eric Miranda, Aaron Miranda (Linda), Tina Autry and Cyndi Kirk (Randy); and his brother, Dr. Thomas Miranda. He was also grandfather, great-grandfather, and great-great-grandfather to more than 60 children.
He was preceded into rest by his parents, Joseph and Olivia Miranda; siblings, Wallace, Eve, and Lorraine; a son and three grandchildren; and two wives, Beverly and Rosa.
Paul loved his life here, and the family wishes to express condolences to the people of Tuolumne County who also loved him.
Paul was lovingly cared for by family in the end and had a peaceful passing. He is sent off with eternal love and gratitude by family and friends.
Paul was passionate about being an active Shriner and helping children. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, friends consider a donation to Shriners Hospital in his memory.
Service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 18, at St Patrick’s Catholic Church, 116 Bradford St., Sonora. Burial to follow at Morgan Cemetery (Procession from church).