William Paul Staats Jr., 60, passed away peacefully at home on October 13, 2020. Paul was born March 28 1960 to William and Catherine (McEnaney) Staats in Butte. Paul graduated from Butte High, attended Montana Tech and Montana State. Paul enjoyed fishing, rafting, skiing with his friends, baseball, and was an avid San Francisco Giants, 49ers, Lakers, and Blackhawks fan. Paul married his love Debbie Lafond on May 21, 1988 and had two children, Zach and Gabrielle.
Paul is survived by his wife Debbie Staats, son Zach Staats (Renee Stevens) , and daughter Gabrielle Staats (Steven Noble) .
Paul is preceded in death by his father William Staats, mother Catherine Zderick, and step father Joe Zderick.
Services are pending at this time because of COVID-19. Memorials may be made to the Chelsea Bailey animal shelter.
Please visit below to offer a condolence or share a memory of Paul. Axelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been privileged to care for Paul and his family.
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Debbie, Zach and Gabrielle. I am so sorry for your loss. Paul will be missed. May he rest in peace. I love you guys.
Jerry LaFond says
Sending condolences and love. Tawnya Jerry,and family.
John Lowney says
Sad beyond belief, Paul you were and are in my heart , I have no words, until we meet again brother! !❤️
William Navarro says
RIP Paul , so sad words are hard to come by. So sorry for the loss. Blessings to the family.
Mark Zora says
Paul was a great guy!! Had lots of good times with him. Very sad to see him leave us so soon. My deepest sympathy and condolences to his family.
Lloyd Cunniff says
Paul, You were my best friend thru our school years and beyond. I’ll miss you but will always have all the memories. Love you bud.
Joe Melvin says
I was so sorry to see this. We lost one of the great ones again. I’ll always remember Staatsy smiling and having a good time.
Ray Mclaughlin says
Paulie was a classmate,and neighbor in the Drives. He always cracked me up. He will be missed. God Bless his family.
Emily Tafoya says
My deepest condolences to Paul’s family. Paul was a classmate and always had a smile and deep sense of empathy/love towards others. May he RIP and May God grant you peace/love during your time of grieving❤️🙏🏽
Too young . Makes me sad , wish things could’ve been different . My Condolences, Paul RIP . Wish I could’ve helped.
Lorrie Andrene says
Debbie I am very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
Julie Bugni says
I am so saddened by the loss of Paul. My prayers are with you and your family at this very difficult time
Stubby Williams says
One of the best guys we got to hang around. Paul will be missed by many. Left us way too soon my friend. RIP, until we meet again. Thoughts and prayers to our Staats family.
Joe jangula says
I didn’t see him much after high school but when I did we always caught up. Always a great guy.RIP Paul.
Tim Kissock says
One of my first friends as my grandparents lived across the street from Paul. Paul, Jim Anderson and I had many games of baseball in his backyard. RIP Paul…
Bill Koetting says
I am so sad, Paul was the best guy around,till we meet again my friend!! Get the keg ready lol!