Paul Lawrence Dryden

Paul Lawrence Dryden

Beloved husband, father, brother and friend, Paul Lawrence Dryden passed away peacefully on January 24, 2018 at the Huntsman Cancer Institute surrounded by his family.

Paul was born in San Francisco on April 9, 1950 to Ines Ciani and Benjamin Frederick Dryden.  Paul spent much of his youth enjoying the outdoors on his bike, playing football with his brothers, and exploring nature.  His penchant for exploring extended into adulthood where he shared that love with his family.

Paul graduated from St. Ignatius High School in 1967 where he went on to get a B.A. in Biology (cum laude) from CSU San Francisco in 1972, and a Master’s in Plant Pathology in 1977 from UC Davis.  He moved to Logan, Utah and completed the required course work for a Ph.D. in Biology in 1982.  It is there where he fell in love with the snow-covered mountains and the ski slopes.  He moved to Salt Lake to work for the University of Utah as a Bioengineering IT Specialist and made Utah his permanent home.

When Paul met Lilia Becerril, he told that he would teach her English if she taught him Spanish. Paul was fluent in Italian and soon became fluent in Spanish.  In the spring of 1990, Paul and Lilia were married in Bountiful, Utah.  They are the parents of three children.

Throughout his life, Paul was devoted to family.  He assumed responsibility for his aging parents and the care of his Down syndrome brother while at the same time raising a family of his own.  He was compassionate and supportive of his family.  He spent time skiing with his kids and watching his daughter compete in figure skating competitions.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents Benjamin Dryden and Ines Ciani and a younger brother, Joe.  He is survived by his wife Lilia, sons David and Stefano, and daughter Daniela; sisters Julie Dryden-Brown, Marisa Bedford, Margaret Vangelisti; brothers Mike and Patrick, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Paul will be remembered for his warmth, kind nature, strong values, and for the enthusiasm he had for the outdoors.

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