Paul Parraguirre

A service for Paul C. Parraguirre, 82, longtime attorney and former district court judge, will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Palm Mortuary in Las Vegas.

A viewing will be from 4-7 p.m. today at Palm Mortuary.

A memorial service will be Jan. 3 in Bridgeport at a time to be announced. Graveside services will follow at the family plot in the Bridgeport Cemetery.

Judge Parraguirre died Dec. 26, 2005.

He was born Dec. 13, 1923, in Gardnerville, to Paul Martin and Bertha Jones Yparraguirre. He was descended from Basque sheepherders who emigrated from Extalar, Spain, to Northern California and Northern Nevada in the 1870s. The family established the Sweetwater Ranch, one of the largest sheep operations in Nevada.

He graduated from Douglas County High School in Gardnerville and attended the University of Nevada, Reno, where he served as student body president. He also attended the University of California, Berkeley, and earned his law degree from the University of Denver in 1954.

He served as Nevada deputy attorney general, chief deputy district attorney of Clark County, engaged in the private practices of law in Reno and Las Vegas for 35 years, and served as judge for the Fifth Judicial District Court of Nevada. He also served as president of the State Bar of Nevada, a trustee of the Nevada Law Foundation, a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and was inducted into the American Board of Trial Advocates.

He was a hunter, fisherman, pilot and cowboy.

He served as a captain in the Nevada National Guard until the early 1970s.

Among his survivors are his wife, Iris; son and daughter-in-law Ron and Leslie; son Paul R.; daughter, Kathy Parraguirre; and granddaughters Cali Hall, Jill Parraguirre and Wanda Jacobs.

Memorial contributions may be made to a scholarship fund that will be established at the University of Nevada, Reno in his memory.


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