Paul O. Begnoche

  • Born: September 18, 1963
  • Died: April 23, 2020
  • Location: Bulverde, Texas

Porter Loring Mortuary North

2102 North Loop 1604 East
San Antonio, TX 78232
Tel. (210) 495-8221

Tribute & Message From The Family

Paul O. Begnoche, age 56, passed away on Thursday, April 23, 2020 at his home in Bulverde, Texas. He was born September 18, 1963 in Saint Albans, Vermont to Lorraine Scott and Bernard Begnoche. One of four children and the youngest of his brothers, Paul enjoyed playing sports including hockey and soccer. Graduating from Park College, he served in the United States Air Force for almost 22 years before retiring in 2005. During that time, he also completed his Masters in Health Administration from Baylor University which helped him to continue public healthcare in the years to follow. In his leisure, Paul was a Miata enthusiast and enjoyed the fellowship of others: visiting hill country wineries, exploring Utah state parks, and retreating on various cruise ships.

He was preceded in death by his father and brother, Normand. Paul is survived by his wife of 19 years, Wanda Velez-Begnoche; sons, Justin Begnoche and wife Katharine and Trevor Begnoche; stepson, Loren Bustos; grandchildren, Weston and Lily; mother, Lorraine; sister, Anne Marie Martin and husband Terry; brother, Marc Begnoche and wife Mary; as well as many extended family members and a lifetime of friends.

A memorial service was held Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at Porter Loring Mortuary North beginning at 3:00 P.M. Due to current restrictions resulting from COVID-19 this service will be private, however please
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In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that any donations be made directly to the American Cancer Society.

Condolence & Memory Journal

Wanda, Justin, Trevor & the Begnoche family: Please accept my sincere condolences on Paul's passing and appreciation for making his service available on-line. Paul and I became friends in 1996 when we both became Medical Service Corps (MSC) officers; I was fortunate to have a geographic assignment (San Antonio) with him and then unit assignment later (Eglin AFB). Based on those years and assignments, I was truly blessed and honored to call him my friend. With an immense sense of responsibility and integrity beyond reproach, it appears his legacy will live on with his sons as it is clear the apple didn't fall far from the tree. During our time together, it also abundantly evident he was overwhelmingly proud of his sons and had found the love of his life in Wanda. Please know he will live on in your hearts and memories - you will have an angel with you through this valley of mourning and forever at your side.

Posted by Lou Ferrucci - Valrico, FL - Friend   May 25, 2020

Wanda, We are so sorry and in complete shock after receiving the news about Paul tonight. Over the past few weeks I have been trying to get in touch with my Godmother Lorraine during this lockdown to see how she was doing. However I only had her home number and not her cell. Just like a miracle tonight she called us on her cell and gave us the news of Paul and about herself. Our hearts are breaking about Paul and what Godmother is going through now. Our families go back many, many years. Paul's Mom and my Mom were lifelong best friends. Please know that you and your family, along with Marc and his family, Annemarie and her family and my wonderful and caring Godmother will always be in our prayers. May God keep and watch over you all.

Posted by PIERRE AND TIANA PION - Conroe, TX - Family Friend   May 04, 2020

Please accept my deepest condolences. I am so saddened to hear of Pauls passing. I had the pleasure of attending Baylor with Paul. He was always so willing to share his knowledge, help a classmate, or provide a laugh at a stressful moment. He was a wonderful, supportive classmate, a kind friend and a good man. He touched the lives of all those he came in contact with and will be missed by many. Sending prayers and support as you grieve this great loss.

Posted by Ellen Weelden - Served in Military together   May 03, 2020

Wanda May the Lord bless you and keep you in this time of tremendous grief. As little girls we would go to your parents house and hear of how proud they were of you. We would see your beautiful face in pictures. As we grew our parents kept in touch and we knew you married. The last time I saw your mom was when I was completing my Masters at the Army Baylor in Healthcare Administration program and I drove my parents Hector and Rosa Rivera to Killeen 1998. My parents live with me in Alaska and I will share this very sad news of your husbands passing. Know we send our deepest condolences, fondest memories, and tremendous love

Posted by Lourdes Rivera - Eagle River, AK - Family Friend   April 30, 2020

Sympathy to entire family Growing up with Paul helped make things more fun RIP Paul you will be missed

Posted by Laurie Rodgers - St Albans   April 29, 2020

Wanda, you and Paul touched my heart as I had the pleasure of having you as clients and helping you through your home buying process. You became much more than just clients to me and hold a special place in my heart. I will never forget Paul's humor, sweet spirit, and zest for life. I enjoyed watching his excitement when you did new things for your home. He was always so warm and welcoming. My deepest prayers and condolences to you and your family. I know he was welcomed by the Father in Heaven with open arms.

Posted by Thea Harrison - San Antonio, TX - Friend   April 29, 2020

I woke to this news that the man that mentored so many new officers and was dedicated to his family, his service and his country lost his earthly battle but gained his heavenly entrance. Words are never enough to express the deepest, heartfelt condolences to your family and I offer up prayers. No matter what the situation, we never seem to be prepared to handle to loss of those we love. My sincerest prayers of comfort and that the words of those who were impacted by Paul because of his humor, his gift to connect, and teach and his ability to see the gifts of others remind you of the incredible blessing that his time on earth was and that you are able to smile at the impact of his life of love and integrity had on others.

Posted by Leigh Ann Erdman, Lt Col, USAF, MSC, CEM, Ret - Smithfield, VA - Served in the Military together   April 29, 2020

I had the pleasure of having Paul as my colleague while at UT Health. Weve missed his presence, especially his sense of humor. My prayers and condolences to his family, may you all have peace in knowing he is in the most glorious place. -Misty Espinoza

Posted by A friend   April 28, 2020

Wanda, you and your family have our deepest condolences. You both always amazed us with your remarkable outlook. Paul fought a brave battle. We know he'll be missed by so many. Our prayers will be with you all.

Posted by Christine Graham - Fair Oaks Ranch, TX - Neighbor   April 28, 2020

We will remember Paul as a generous friend and devoted family man. His wry sense of humor and appreciation of life made him a delight to be around. We'll lovingly recall the special times he called the "Mag 7" together for impromptu wine and potluck. We wish we'd had him longer.

Posted by Geraldine and Bob Barton - Fair Oaks Ranch, TX - Friend   April 28, 2020

We didn't have time to spend some quality time together but we would have definitely enjoyed a Jeep trip together. RIP

Posted by Urb Naranjo - Bulverde, TX - Neighbor   April 28, 2020

Now at peace. No more pain. You will NEVER be forgotten.

Posted by Marc Begnoche - Served in the Military together   April 28, 2020

Really enjoyed getting to know Paul and Wanda last year before Katie and Justin's wedding. Enjoyed just sitting and talking at several gatherings. So sorry that we didn't have more time to grow that friendship.

Posted by Marc & Juli Gilbert - Austin, TX, TX - Family Friend   April 28, 2020

Paul mentored me several times as an LT in the Medical Service Corps. He was kind, very willing to share tips, and generous toward me. I've often though about our chats.

Posted by Preston Laslie - military   April 28, 2020

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Posted by Bobbie and Garry Byerly    April 28, 2020

Wanda our hearts are grieving in hearing the news about Paul. Swati and I have grown to be part of your extended familyever since I received a random introductory email from Maj Begnoche, as my new sponsor, while I PCSed to Eglin AFB in the summer of 2003. Paul touched our lives in so many wayshe had an amazing ability to connect and lift people up with his stories and sense of humor. We will always remember him for his genuine kindness and zest for life. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the rest of your family during this difficult time.

Posted by Vineet Grover - Manassas, VA - friend   April 28, 2020

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Posted by Vineet Grover - Manassas, VA - friend   April 28, 2020

Paul helped me navigate my first year in the Corps as a new Lt at The 96 MDG. He was great to work with. My condolences to the family. Angela

Posted by Barrons- Moriarty - TX - Coworker   April 28, 2020

I was honored to have Paul as a classmate, colleague, fellow Air Force Medical Service Corps Officer, and most of all, friend. We spent a lot of hours studying all aspects of healthcare, drilling each other, learning from each other, and encouraging each other well beyond graduate school. It was my privilege to serve with Paul. Rest In Peace my dear friend.

Posted by Tom Stewart - Tampa, FL - Friend   April 28, 2020

Paul was my supervisor at Bergstrom AFB while we were both working on our bachelor's degree. He was not only my mentor, but a great friend over the years. He will be missed.

Posted by Mike Smith - Belgrade, MT - Served in the Military together   April 27, 2020

We ( MARC Medicine Specialty team) are truly sorry to hear the loss of your husband/father. Please accept our condolences and May the lord blesses and comforts you and your family in the time of grief. I had the pleasure to work with Paul from 2/2017 to 12/2019 on the financial and operation side for UTHSCSA /UT Health . Sharing a picture of his funny side prior to a clinic operation meeting.

Posted by Gricelda Cuevas - San Antonio, TX - coworker   April 27, 2020

It was a great pleasure to work with Paul during his time with Nephrology & Dermatology. His presences will be missed. My deepest condolences to his family. With many blessings, Crystal Jeffers

Posted by Crystal Jeffers - Coworker   April 27, 2020

Posted by Sabrina Alvord    April 27, 2020

Lorraine - My sincere thoughts and prayers for you and your family. May your memories always bring love, smiles and laughter.

Posted by Kris Robbins - San Antonio, TX   April 27, 2020

Marc, Patricia and I are so saddened by your loss. May God bless you with comfort and peace at this most difficult time.

Posted by Mary Begnoche - San Antonio, TX - Family   April 27, 2020

We were so fortunate when Paul joined our division as our clinic manager. He was such a great manager and such an amazing, caring and humorous man. We were so blessed to have him as long as we did. Loving Prayers for him and his wonderful family.

Posted by Sandra Osswald - San Antonio, TX   April 27, 2020

I hope Paul didn't suffer too much, but now his suffering is over and he is in the hands of the Lord. God Bless you Wanda, we, your friends, are here for you.

Posted by George Lucas - San Antonio, TX   April 27, 2020

For once, I am at a loss for words (which Paul would find incredible :). Paul is the reason my family and I moved to Texas in 2009, when he took a chance on an Ohioan and gave her a job. We were very different personalities but we worked so well together. He was my mentor and friend. I followed him from Austin to work for him again in Houston. The stories I could share on the how many gray hairs I am responsible for on his head. It never failed that when he went on vacation, something big would happen at work.
I owe him so much. I have my best friend, Jennifer, because he said she was right for the position. He saw things in people that they did not see in themselves. I am forever grateful for the friendship, mentor ship, and honesty that this man has shown move over years together. We didn't always see eye to eye but we were able to learn and grow from each other. I have never found another boss like him and I am constantly comparing them to him. Wanda, I am so sorry for your loss but I am grateful for the time I have had with him. I am glad you were there with us during our last lunch. I have so many great memories. RIP Paul.

Posted by Sabrina Alvord - Bandera, TX - Friend   April 27, 2020

I first met Paul 3 years ago though looking back it feels as if we knew each other for a lifetime. I always appreciated his sense of humor - how he could immediately diffuse a difficult conversation with a joke or funny comment. He was truly a unique personality and he will be missed by all of us at BAMC. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Posted by Joe Howells - Cibolo, TX - Friend   April 27, 2020

I remember back to when I met Paul as his sponsor when he replaced me in Aerovac at Howard AFB, Panama. I knew Paul and Wanda before they were Paul and Wanda. I am lucky to have such good friends. We became Miata owners about the same time. Military friends, especially ones you make overseas where they really replace your family stateside, are special. I will miss Paul and his special outlook on life. Good memories. I wish peace for Paul and for Wanda.

Posted by Christopher Alexander - Gulfport, MS - Friend   April 26, 2020

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