Following is the synopsis of the life of our husband, father, grandfather, and friend as penned by Paul himself. Paul Filla was born Feb 4, 1947 in St Louis, Mo., to Dennis and Margaret Filla. He graduated from Augustinian Academy in St Louis in 1965, attended Southern Illinois University, and graduated from National University in San Diego, Calif. Paul married the love of his life, Lynne, in 1978 who endured over three years of separation due to deployments in the Marine Corps and long-term temporary assignments for the Department of Defense. She was the rock in the family and was instrumental in all Paul’s successes both military, civilian, and ultimately in law enforcement in Linn County. Together they have one son, Dr. Michael Filla and his wife Lori, and granddaughter Nikki.