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Paul Edward Mashburn
  • August 30, 1935
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  • July 01, 2018

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A TRIBUTE TO A LIFE WELL-LIVED

PAUL E. MASHBURN, JR.

AUGUST 30, 1935 – JULY 1, 2018

Paul E. Mashburn, Jr. passed away peacefully on July 1, 2018 at his home in Winter Park, Florida.  Paul was born in Orlando, Florida on August 30, 1935, and was a life-long resident of Central Florida, except for attending high school in Daytona Beach, Florida.  There he met Suzi, the love of his life, his soul-mate and ultimately, his wife of 63 years.

Paul graduated from Mainland High School in Daytona Beach, and attended the University of Florida.  He began his career in construction in the mid-1950’s, and soon acquired a broad range of experience, including serving as general superintendent for an international construction company, in charge of all of their projects in the Virgin Islands.  He was later President of a publicly-traded company involved in construction of residential and multi-family developments in Central Florida.  In 1964 Paul formed his own general contracting company, Su-Jak Enterprises (named after his wife Suzi, and daughters Jeri and Kathi).  He formed Viking Builders, Inc. in 1968.  Viking Builders was the Owner, Developer and General Contractor of numerous residential and commercial projects in Central Florida, ranging from affordable housing to high-end commercial projects.  Centurion Properties, Inc. formed in 1979 was the real estate broker for several of these projects.  Paul was state certified as a “Class A” general contractor, a licensed real estate broker, and realtor.  He also served eight years on the Orange County Building Advisory Board, four years as Chairman.

Paul believed it was important to give back to the industry that had given so much to him.  His involvement in leadership positions within the local, state and national Home Builders Associations began in 1976 when he served as Chairman of the Builders Council of the Mid-Florida HBA.   He was a two-time President of the HBA of Mid-Florida (in 1978 and 1992), and he received their “Builder of the Year” award in 1977 and 1979.  In 2014, Paul was inducted into the Greater Orlando Builders Association Inaugural Class Hall of Fame.

At the state level, he was Senior Officer of the Florida Home Builders Association (FHBA) from 1981–1983, and was President from 1983-1984.   In 1987 he was elected “Builder of the Year” by the Florida Home Builders Association.  Paul was inducted into the HBA Florida Housing Hall of Fame in 1993.  He was Chairman of the Hall of Fame Board of Governors in 1989 & 1990, and 1995 & 1996.

Paul’s involvement at the national level began in 1985, when he served as State Representative to the National Home Builders Association.  Over the next decade he served on numerous committees and held several chairmanships at the national level.  He served as Vice-President for Area V and as a member of the NAHB Executive Committee from 1986-1990 and from 1994-1996.

Paul’s love of his industry was surpassed only by his love for his family – his wife, Suzi, and his daughters Kathi and Jeri.  He often shared the podium with Suzi, and was always quick to credit her with helping him achieve most of his accomplishments.   Paul and Suzi were a dynamic duo in the industry, and their love for each other was evident to all.

Paul’s many speeches often included references to hard-fought “battles” – both business and political; but his toughest battle was a personal one – that he fought and won when he beat Stage IV cancer at the age of 71.  The next 11 years presented additional health challenges from the aftermath of aggressive radiation, but he continued to fight the good fight, always professing “I have no complaints.”

It was during this time that Paul’s career had entered a new chapter as teacher and instructor to realtors and superintendents.  It was a role he relished.  Always proudly wearing his “Cancer Sucks” button, his classes were as much inspirational as educational.  It was a fitting final chapter to an amazing career.

A note found taped to his desk reads as follows:

“For whatever reason, God has blessed me.  I am trying to keep my part of the bargain, by paying it forward.  Take what you have been given and be a positive influence on others.”

Paul was a humble, self-made man, whose legacy will live on.

Paul is survived by his wife, Suzi, daughter Kathi Fjelstad (son-in-law Scott), daughter Jeri Heileman (son-in-law Greg), brother James McNeill, cousin John Hanlon, grandson, Joel Rogers, granddaughter Kelsey Norris (grandson-in-law Trace), grandson Grant Heileman, granddaughter Delaney Heileman, great-granddaughter Brooke Homfeld, great-grandson Hunter Norris, great-granddaughter Riley Rogers, and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family expresses their deepest appreciation to Dr. Maureen Holasek for connecting Paul to M.D. Anderson in Houston in 2007, and for her support in the years that followed.  The family also sincerely thanks the doctors and nurses at Orlando Regional Medical Center, Florida Hospital, and Cornerstone Hospice, who cared for Paul over the years, during his last hospitalization, and during his final days at home.

Respecting Paul’s wishes, no service is planned.  The Paul E. Mashburn Memorial Fund has been established at United Legacy Bank, 2200 Aloma Avenue, Winter Park, Florida 32792, 407-671-4500.  Contributions will be made to charitable causes that Paul supported.

The family encourages friends and colleagues to share memories and anecdotes at the following link.   These reflections will allow them to more fully know the amazing man they knew primarily as their husband, dad and granddad.


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  1. 21 Jul 2018
    Paul M Joyal says:
    Dear Suzi & Family:
    Donna & I, as well as several members of our family and staff, past attendees to Paul's CEU Courses, all were very saddened to learn this past week of the passing of Paul. He was always willing to assist me, both business wise and my involvement at the various levels of the Home Builder Associations. He will be certainly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and family.
    Paul & Donna Joyal

  2. 20 Jul 2018
    David Rabaja says:
    It was my distinct privilege to meet and get to know Paul and you all. I always enjoyed his easy smile, sparkling eyes, and quick wit. It was an honor to be near him, and he will be missed.

    God Bless

  3. 16 Jul 2018
    sara jo sullivan says:
    Dear Sue,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. I will be in touch soon. Love you very much,
    Sara Jo and Payson

  4. 13 Jul 2018
    Jerry and Sandy Clark posted an image:
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  5. 12 Jul 2018
    Carl Kraiss says:
    Suzi, Kathi, and Jeri -- You 3 were always in Paul's thoughts and conversations with us. He truly was blessed as he said many, many times. What a wonderful man! I wish you well during this trying time. Anything at all that you can think of that I can do, please let me know - Carl Kraiss

  6. 11 Jul 2018
    Elese Sanford lit a candle:
    Lit since July 11, 2018 at 7:21:27 PM

  7. 11 Jul 2018
    Alex Hannigan says:
    Suzi and Family; we all have been blessed to have had Paul with us as long as we did!!Paul was an amazing man in many respects!
    First, He put up with Nolan for many years so that has to tell you something about the man!
    Paul was a leaders leader, he had a knack for knowing just what to say and when to say it! He truly was a "Giant" in our industry. I am grateful to have know him! I am grateful to you Suzi as you were a great partner and shared your husband with us all on many many occations!! Thank you Paul for advancing our industry and for your friendship!! You shall be missed!

  8. 11 Jul 2018
    Kelly Webb says:
    Rest in Peace Uncle Paul, with love........

  9. 10 Jul 2018
    Eileen & Tommy Clark lit a candle:
    Lit since July 10, 2018 at 7:44:32 PM

  10. 10 Jul 2018
    Eileen & Tommy Clark says:
    Aunt Suzi, Kathi, Jeri and families,
    We are so sad that Uncle Paul has passed away and are praying that there is comfort in all of the wonderful times had and memories made through the years. I have such fond memories of his big smile, twinkling eyes and great laugh. As I read this beautiful tribute, I am reminded of all the contributions that Paul made and how they’ve positively influenced our community. I am so glad that we were able to visit with the family in Cocoa Beach a couple of years ago. Paul was sporting his “ Cancer Sucks” pin and in great spirits as we all shared family stories. I am thankful for that day and truly inspired by his attitude of gratitude towards life. God Bless, Eileen & Tommy Clark

  11. 10 Jul 2018
    Beth McGee says:
    Suzi and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Paul was such a large personality and I know you will miss him terribly.
    I am grateful for all his many kindnesses to me during my tenures at the homebuilders associations in Volusia and Orlando. Paul was very supportive and "generous" with his advice! He was also responsible for many neat experiences at NAHB (e.g. taking me to see President George W. Bush speak or sharing his tickets to a fancy event).
    My favorite memories will be his teaching and classes for the industry and working so hard to get a program running in Orlando.
    He was an amazing leader and I am grateful to have known him.

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