Paul Welling Horsley died peacefully surrounded by his family on Sunday November 12, 2017. He lived a full life and had an inspiring influence on those with whom he knew.
Paul was born on March 2, 1925 in Brigham City, Utah, the son of John Wesley and Emma Irene Welling Horsley. After several moves to California and Oregon as part of his father's tenure in the Army, he too served during World War II in the Pacific. An Engineering graduate of Stanford University, he began his career as an insurance analyst in the Northwest where he met and married his adoring wife of 64 years, Fornia.
The two moved to Northern California and set off on a new life. Paul took night classes to learn accounting and found that he was quite good with numbers and business. He passed the CPA exam on his first attempt, and earned the Forbes award for scoring the highest score possible all the while taking the exam in INK, something that became quite the discussion point amongst his colleagues for decades to come. Paul became a Partner with Ernst & Ernst (now EY) in 1960 after four short years with the Firm and continued there until his retirement in 1985 as a Senior Leader of the Firm. His career didn’t end with retirement from EY, as he continued to consult with organizations and governments around the world.
Though having a very successful career where he was known as a quiet, humble, witty, highly intelligent leader and mentor, he was best known for his love and dedication to family. He had a tremendous influence on his brothers and sisters, wife, son and grandchildren. To his final days he was happiest when hearing how each was faring and being reminded of stories of guiding each to be independent, budget, write, read, be kind and most of all to wear socks.
He is survived by his devoted wife Fornia; his son Robert and his family, Roberts wife Laura, grandchildren Robert Jr (RJ), Hunter, Blake and Madison; his sister Janet and her husband Norman; and his sister-in-law Ellene Parr. Funeral services will be held for family and friends on Monday November 20 at 10am at the Saratoga Ward of the Church of Latter Day Saints, 19100 Allendale Ave, Saratoga, CA 95070. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the SRC Living Legacy Fund at the Saratoga Retirement Center, a scholarship that Paul founded to benefit furthering the education of those caring for the residents of the retirement center.