Paul Motanic Thickstun

Born: Fri., Mar. 30, 1962
Died: Sat., Jan. 12, 2019


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Paul was born on March 30, 1962 in Summit, New Jersey to parents Richard and Jo Motanic Lewis Thickstun. He graduated high school in New Jersey and enlisted in the Coast Guard. He was also a member of the Coast Guard Reserves.

He was previously married to Monique Taylor. Paul was the captain of a one-hundred-ton ocean-going vessel with the Merchant Marines in Florida. In 1994 Paul moved to Pendleton, Or, where he helped build the orginal Wildhorse Casino. He worked for Wildhorse Casino for sixteen years and eventually becoming assistant gaming inspector. Paul then went to work for CTUIR Tero, before becoming disabled. Paul's hobbies included, boating, fishing, Pendleton Men's league softball, working out, and playing golf. His most favorite time was spending time with his children. Paul's achievements where, he was the first Native American certified instructor for black jack and poker. He trained many people for Wildhorse Casino.

He is survived by his sons; Paul Motanic Sheoships of Pendleton, Or; Vincent Motanic Sheoships of Pendleton, Or; Rielly Jacob Butler of Walla Walla, Wa; Siblings, David and Linda Thickstun of Bricktown, NJ; Lisa and John Gabries of Ft. Pierce, FL. He was preceded in death by his infant son, Casey James Motanic and his parents. 

No Services are planned at this time. Private Interment will be held at a later date.

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Mona Yeager
   Posted Thu January 17, 2019
My deepest condolences to his family. He will be missed.

Monique Taylor
   Posted Tue April 23, 2019
He was a lovely husband to me , and we had a good life . He was an amazing Captain! I hope to meet his children one day.

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