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Paul B. Nicholas

February 3, 1953 — June 19, 2023

Salt Lake City, Utah
Paul B. Nicholas, 70, passed away on June 19, 2023, in Salt Lake City. Paul was born on
February 3, 1953, at Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines to Paul and Barbara Nicholas.
Being part of a military family, Paul grew up in several foreign and domestic cities before his
father was assigned to Hill Air Force Base in Utah. There, Paul graduated from Ogden High
School and attended Weber State University. In the early 70’s, Paul split his time between
teaching skiing at Snow Basin in the winter and working in California or Alaska during the
summer.

As Paul’s passion for skiing grew, by the mid ‘70’s he had become an important fixture in the
world of Freestyle skiing and a permanent Salt Lake City resident. Paul’s devotion to the sport
led to a 35-year career in Freestyle skiing and Paul’s service as both a World Cup and Olympic
judge in the sport. In the early years, Paul helped pioneer the sport with his mix of teaching;
coaching; judging; and leadership, helping Freestyle skiing become an official Olympic event.

Paul impacted the sport again from a grass roots level all the way to an international level,
leading the effort to bring a global standard to the judging of the sport. Paul holds the
International Skiing Federation (F.I.S.) Judge’s Certification/Legitimation Card #1 and went on to
judge tour events including 20 years of World Cup events and the Olympic Games in 1988 &
1994. Paul retired from active judging in 2006. In 2020, Paul was nominated for induction into
the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame.

In conjunction with his skiing career, Paul worked at Mills Publishing as a Senior Account
Executive from 1982 to his death. Paul worked to promote the Arts as well as Sports and he
valued all the relationships he enjoyed with many special event venues and trade organizations
throughout central Utah. Paul was a big supporter of the Utes (University of Utah) sports
programs. He loved the outdoors of Utah—happily fishing, hiking, golfing, skiing, and growing
his Koi fish, his turtles, and his garden. Paul enjoyed spending time with his family and many
friends.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Barbara Nicholas and brother Gary. He is
survived by his two sisters, Connie (Gary) Cline of Star, ID, and Teri Nicholas of Huber Heights,
OH and his two brothers, Michael (Claire) Nicholas of Columbus, OH and Patrick (Jae) Nicholas
of Las Vegas, NV. Paul is also survived by his niece Shae and nephews Brandon and Zane and
his very special companion Dana Chapman of Farmington, UT.

A “Celebration of Life” will be held for Paul on Saturday, July 29th, 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm at 4116
South 1615 East in Salt Lake Cit. Parking will be on the street. In memory of Paul and his
beloved Golden Retrievers, Bogie and Connor, the family asks that donations be made in Paul’s
name to the Utah Humane Society at this link https://www.utahhumane.org/ in lieu of cards
and flowers.

A Graveside Service will be held Friday, July 28, 2023 at 10 am at the Ogden City Cemetery, 1875 Monroe Blvd,

 Ogden, Utah.  

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Friday, July 28, 2023

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