Paul Ray Gilmore

August 20, 1954June 18, 2020

Paul Ray Gilmore, P.E., resident of Mesa Arizona, passed away on June 18, 2020, in Gilbert, Arizona at the age of 65. Paul Gilmore was born August 20, 1954 in Columbus, NE. Paul graduated with a B.S. in civil engineering from University of Nebraska-Lincoln and went on to earn his M.B.A. from California Polytechnic State University. Paul followed in the footsteps of his father as an accomplished civil engineer, along with his two brothers. Paul was a successful registered professional engineer in the states of Arizona and California. He had more than 30 years of civil engineering and project management experience. Paul loved being a civil engineer. Paul moved from California to Arizona in 1997. He worked as a consultant for five years for W.C. Scoutten, a local municipal engineering firm. At W.C. Scoutten, Paul provided contract city engineering services for several cities throughout the state of Arizona. Prior to working for W.C. Scoutten, Paul was a principal and part owner of ASL Consulting Engineers and then a regional director for Tefra Tech following their acquisition of ASL. After being a consultant for seven years for the city of Tolleson, Paul became Tolleson’s City Engineer in 2009 and held that position until his untimely death. In addition to his role as City Engineer, Paul has also served as the chief Building Official for the city of Tolleson. His dedication to the city of Tolleson and knowledge of the industry contributed significantly to the city’s success, a source of pride for anyone affiliated with Tolleson. Paul lived his life with honor and integrity. He chose to be happy; he had a quick wit and a great sense of humor. Paul was a quiet, reserved, professional man, always appropriate. He had the kindest soul and a beautiful warm smile. Paul took great pride in his “nifty fifty” pick up, his F-150 (400k + miles), his Harley and his latest pride & joy, his Tesla. Paul enjoyed his Sea-do’s, road trips and traveling. Paul loved his dogs and had several throughout his life. Favorite move of all time was Tombstone from which he quoted lines frequently, and, of course, this native Nebraskan never missing a Huskers game. Paul was an expert “DIY” project master and an accomplished home renovator/remodeler. As Paul would say “there’s perfect and then there’s not”. Paul was a loving devoted husband to his wife Janet for 21 years. Sadly, she passed after a long struggle with cancer. Paul was at her side, loving and caring for her throughout her battle. Paul found happiness again with his forever love and wife, Theresa Snider Gilmore. He was preceded in death by his loving parents Bruce and Velma Gilmore. Paul leaves behind his wife, Theresa, and her family; his sister, Linda Slycord (Doug), West Des Moines, IA.; brothers, Keith Gilmore (Denise), David Gilmore (Joy), Columbus NE; sister-in-law Sandy and Bob Elliott, Rowland Heights, CA. He had 6 nieces and nephews and 7 grand nieces and nephews. He will be sadly missed by so many; loving family, great friends, esteemed colleagues. Paul’s memorial service will be held on October 20, 2020 at 2:00 pm at the Mariposa Gardens Memorial Park in Mesa, AZ followed by a celebration of life at Paul and Theresa’s home in Las Sendas, Mesa, AZ.


  • Celebration of Life

    Tuesday, October 20, 2020


Paul Ray Gilmore

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theresa snider

October 8, 2020

I would like to take this opportunity to Invite you and all of Paul's esteemed associates at The City of Telleson to his celebration of life. The service will be held at Mariposa Gardens Memorial Park, 400 S. Power Road, Mesa, AZ 85206 at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, October 20, 2020. I want to welcome all of you to Paul's home following the service to honor Paul in a celebration of his life .
Please respond, if possible, with an RSVP by text so that we may celebrate with dinner and drinks.

I would welcome any and all of you that would like to say a few words in celebration of Paul. I also welcome any pictures or special memorabilia you may want to share.

Warmest regards,

Theresa Snider Gilmore

Treasha Thomas

August 20, 2020

Uncle Paul, thinking of you today. Today is your birthday and I wish you could be here to celebrate with your family and friends. Although I know you're with loved ones in Heaven, we miss you. We will honor and celebrate the legacy you and Aunt Jan built. We will raise a galss in your honor tonight. Love, Treasha, Brian and Sheala

Linda Slycord

August 20, 2020

Happy Birthday, Paul. It seems strange to say that on the day your ashes will be buried. However I know you will probably have the greatest celebration ever. I picture you surrounded by so many loving family members. I will light a candle for you. We will do our best to carry out your wishes. Love, Your Sister.

Theresa Snider

August 10, 2020

Paul’s last visit with his Dad, Bruce.

Theresa Snider

August 10, 2020

I would personally like to thank all of Paul’s wonderful friends and family for all the beautiful memories of such a wonderful amazing man. It is true Paul was A hard worker, brilliant and had a great sense of humor and a quick wit. He was so loving and kind.
In regards to Paul’s father, Bruce, (who unfortunately passed away in January of this year). Paul Indeed had a great respect and admiration for his father. Bruce was also a successful engineer. I had the pleasure and honor of meeting this wonderful man, along with Paul’s siblings, when Paul and I went back to Nebraska in the fall for a huskers game. The one thing Paul’s father, Bruce said to me looking me straight in the eyes pointing his finger at Paul was, “I want him happy.” I can honestly say I did make him happy. Not a tough job/request he was the most easy-going man I have ever known.
Again, thanks to everyone for your kind words and sweet memories of this amazing man.
He will be missed by so many.
May he Rest In Peace ❤️

Harold & Andrene Wilson

August 9, 2020

We are Paul's northern friends from Canada. Our condolences to Paul's family. He was an intelligent and kind man who had a great sense of humour. We enjoyed our yearly visits and the discussions that ensued. It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to a friend that has left us with indelible memories. Paul, you will be missed by all who knew you and may your family cherish the memories.

Linda Slycord

August 8, 2020

Thank you , Woody, for your kind words and memories of our brother. He was very much like our Dad. Hard working and a man of his word. He planned to work til age 70 but his plan was cut short. You can take a man out of the MidWest but you can’t take the MidWest out of the man. He loved his family, his roots, and friends. We will keep his promises and memories close.

Woody Scoutten

August 8, 2020

I am very saddened to learn of Paul's passing. I first met Paul when he was a customer of the City of Tolleson representing a developer. I grew to respect him as a talented engineer who passionately served his client. Years later we became co-workers and, more importantly, friends. I hated to lose him when he became Tolleson's city engineer, but loved the way his career path took him back to the city we both had such a fondness for. We kept in touch, but not as often as we should have. We usually met for lunch at Black Angus where he would invariably have an undercooked steak sandwich. But, that was Paul, a Midwestern meat and potatoes guy with a heart as big as the country he came from. And, an easy way of making me laugh with his offbeat sense of humor. He would tell me stories about his father continuing to come to work every day long past the time when most people would have retired. Although I never knew Paul's father, I saw the same work ethic and devotion in Paul. Just an all around great guy, and I miss him.

Sandra Williams

July 8, 2020

So loved this witty smart guy though we didn’t see each other often! Gone too soon and pleased to know he contributed much to his communities! Rest easy cuz!! Sandy

Treasha Thomas

July 4, 2020

We were shocked and sadden to hear about Uncle Paul. Paul was a great guy and will be truly missed. Paul liked to have fun and there are so many great memories from golf in Palm Springs, Sea Doo fun in Lake Havasu to the famed Gilmore Olympics at the house in Mesa. Paul was a wonderful husband to my Aunt Jan. They had a great life together and are now both resting in peace. We were looking forward to seeing Paul more often as my parents planned to move to Las Sendas in the future. Our condolences to Paul’s family and his wife Theresa.

Treasha, Brian and Sheala


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