PAUL GERARD RABALAIS
Paul G. Rabalais, born November 26th, 1951, passed on to the next life on Wednesday, September 9th, 2020 in Iowa City, Iowa. He is preceded in death by his father and mother, Harold Paul Rabalais and Sadie Theresa Mayeux Rabalais, and his younger brother, Karl L. Rabalais. He is survived by his wife and two sons, Arla Marie Rabalais, Philip Andrew Rabalais and his partner Hilary Nelson, and Dominic Joseph Rabalais and his spouse Tabitha O'Neill, as well as many nieces and nephews. He is survived by his sister and four younger brothers: Marie T. Crowe and her husband Arthur L., Clifford J. Rabalais and his wife Michelle W., John E. Rabalais, Elizabeth Rabalais (sister-in-law), Martin D. Rabalais and his wife, Mardith E. Hammond, and Joseph F. Rabalais and his wife Carla C.
Paul lived, worked, and thrived, surrounded by family and friends in the community of Fairfield, Iowa, where he arrived in the late 1970s, and made a home. He grew up in East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, finished high school at Zachary High in 1970, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from Louisiana State University in 1975.
He was mechanically and electrically gifted and a craftsman of many talents. Within Fairfield and the surrounding community, Paul was known and loved both as a brilliant Master Electrician, and a joy to work with and be around.
Paul and his wife were spiritually and emotionally connected; their love for each other was unbounded. As a father, he raised his children with boundless love and generosity; they carry it in their hearts forever. His humor and joy was a guiding light for his children; he taught them how to work, how to make things, how to live with conviction. He was tremendously giving, and would give with joy. He sought inner peace with his life, and guided others to find it as well.
He was a mentor, a helper, and a loving man to so many of us - they count like the stars.
His family and community were caught by surprise at his sudden passing, and the family is humbled, overwhelmed, and forever grateful at the outpouring of love shown thus far.
A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, September 19th, 2 pm, outdoors at the Olson Family Amphitheater (located on the main lawn in front of the MIU Argiro Student Center). Masks and social distancing are required by MIU.