Paul Emery Atkinson

October 26, 1938 - January 20, 2022

Paul Emery Atkinson passed away peacefully in the presence of his loving family on January 20th, 2022 at the age of 83. His battle with serious medical issues in recent years showed his courage in facing life challenges with a smile. Despite the discomfort, Paul came out a hero and stayed strong until the end.


Paul was born in Dallas, Texas on October 26th, 1938. He was the firstborn of Bud and LaFrance Atkinson. He attended school in the Park Cities, where he graduated from Highland Park High School in 1958. From there, he attended the Naval Academy Preparatory School (NAPS) and the University of Colorado. Sports were very important in Paul’s life.  He played football in high school and college, enjoyed coaching, and participating directly in sports like soccer throughout his life. He made his way back to Dallas and married Yolanda Bautista in 1964.


Paul was a career salesman and worked for companies that included Xerox, Siemens, Inwood Business Machines and The where he developed lifelong friendships. Paul was a huge Dallas Cowboy fan.  He loved going to the games and watching them play every Sunday.  He had a deep love for photography he won several awards for his photos. His favorite was shooting his grandchildren’s sporting games on the weekends. 


Paul was devoted to his family. He is survived by his wife Yolanda, sister Sara Blocker, son Paul M. Atkinson, wife Cathy, daughter Melissa Dours, husband Gene and son David C. Atkinson, wife Tuesday. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren who he considered “his pride and joy’. Morgan Allen, husband Carl, Mitchell Dours, Avery Atkinson, and Claire and Abigail Atkinson. 

His love for his family was clearly visible. 


Friends and family are cordially invited to attend the recitation of the Holy Rosary which will commence Monday, February 7th 10:30AM at Mary Immaculate Catholic Church.  A Mass of Christian Burial is to follow the Rosary at 11:00AM. 


In lieu of customary remembrances, contributions in Paul’s memory may be directed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 

6 replies on “Paul Emery Atkinson”

Georgia Clarke Youngs says:

I am deeply sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Atkinson. The many childhood memories of the Atkinson home are some of my very favorites. I will remember him as the handsome, funny, and strong patriarch of the beautiful Atkinson family. My love and deepest condolences to Yolanda, Missy, David, Paul, and to all that loved him.

Heather Knittig says:

Tim and I are so sorry for you loss. He was a wonderful man. I know how much he loved you all.

Coach Adrain Hayes says:

He was always there for the kids i’m going to miss that man. He had so much wisdom he passed on to me. He would always say hay BIG MAN stay true to the kids that you coach they will never for get you.
Love Paul (RIP)

Cynthia Lee says:

Missy, I’m so sorry for your loss of your father. He sounds like a wonderful man. In sympathy, Cynthia Lee

Dirk Baumann says:

The quality of Pauls personality shined brightest when he displayed his love and caring for his family and friends.
Character, caring and love are within a person and it showed every time you were in Paul’s presence.
We were so fortunate to have known him.
Anne,Mark and Dirk Baumann

Jeni on behalf of The Logan Family says:

Paul was so cool. I remember how he was devoted to family and country above all else. I loved seeing him at my mom’s best friend, Connie’s, funeral because he was like Batman, the original. He absolutely showed up no matter how he felt. I am so grateful I got to see him that day. What a family. I love you all. Yolanda, you are an angel on earth.

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