Gerald Arca Paular Sr.

Jun 10, 1931 - Jan 19, 2011


Born on June 10, 1931 in Los Angeles, CA passed away peacefully on January 19, 2011, in Sacramento, CA surrounded by family at the age of 79 from complications following heart surgery in December 2010. Jerry was the son of Isaias Z. Paular and Felicidad A. Paular and a proud member of Vibrant Life Ministries of Sacramento. He was the second of four sons, Raymond Paular (late wife Josephine) of Sacramento, Paul Paular Jr. (wife Rebecca) of Torrance, CA and Cornelio Paular of Sacramento. Jerry was married to his childhood sweetheart, Eleanor Santillan Engkabo for over 60 years. In 1943, at age 12, Jerry met ‘Ellie’, age 11, at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Stockton, CA. They were married seven years later in 1950. Jerry was the proud father of Debra Aban, Jerry Paular Jr. (wife Nephtali), and Mike Paular (wife Doreen), all residents of Sacramento. Jerry was loving ‘Papa’ to 8 grandchildren: Angela Rodriguez, Myisha Aban, Alana Paular, Andre Paular, Mikey Paular, Tiffany Aban, Nathan Paular and Janelle Paular. He also has four great-grandchildren: Alyssa, Eynell and Esteban Rodriguez and Aisea Jaymes Aban Martinez.

Jerry’s first job after high school was as an Engineering Aid Surveyor with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and was assigned to the building of the Folsom Dam. However, his dream was to become a lawyer. He pursued a law degree at Humphrey’s College in Stockton, CA until financial realities of raising a young family put law school tuition out of his reach.

Jerry attended Stockton College (San Joaquin Delta) and majored in Criminology at CSU Sacramento and attained certified training in executive leadership from the University of Southern California.

In 1954, Jerry moved his family to Sacramento, CA and began a string of professional accomplishments. Jerry was known as the first Filipino private investigator in the United States and operated Paular Service Bureau for over 35 years. He paired his professional dedication to justice with community volunteerism. He was appointed the Director of Civil Defense Communication for the City of Sacramento during the Cuban Missile Crisis and trained 120 radio mobile volunteers. He was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to an eight-year term on the Northern California Selective Service Board. He also headed the Sacramento Unified School District Police Science Internship Program and served as an organizational lobbyist on law enforcement issues for two decades.

Jerry served as Executive Director for the Philippine American General Association of Sacramento during its 10-year building phase of the Jose Rizal Community Center. He served two terms as President for the South Sacramento Optimist Club, and a member of the NAACP where he investigated civil rights and equal employment opportunity cases voluntarily for 30 years. He served as President for two terms for the Filipino American National Historical Society of Sacramento and was the current Chairman of the Board for Vibrant Life Ministries. It was Jerry’s tireless dedication to community service that has earned him the admiration and respect of so many people throughout his lifetime.

There will be a viewing from 10:00am – 8:00pm with a Memorial Service from 6:00pm – 8:00pm on Thursday, January 27, 2011, at East Lawn Elk Grove Memorial Park, 9189 E. Stockton Blvd. Elk Grove, CA 95624. A funeral service will take place in the mortuary chapel on Friday, January 28, 2011 at 10:00 a.m.

Funeral Home:
East Lawn Elk Grove Mortuary
9189 E. Stockton Blvd
Elk Grove, CA
US 95624


  • Dexter Labonog says:

    My deepest sympathies to Jay Jr and family. Jay JR has been my friend a long time and I see how his Dad was a huge influence of what JR is today. My condolences, we will miss another great honorable man that was an icon to the Filipino community. Dexter

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