Paul Fairchild, a journalist and 12-year resident of Edmond, Okla., died Sept. 25, 2017, at the age of 46.
Paul is survived by his parents, Pete and Patricia; his sister, Sarah; his former wife, Rachel; and his children, Cole and Mikayla.
Paul was born Nov. 14, 1970, in Tulsa, Okla. He spent his childhood and teenage years in Denton, Texas, and San Bernardino, Calif. He graduated in 1989 from San Gorgonio High School, where he was an honors student and champion debater. In 1993, Paul graduated from Pomona College as a Philosophy major. Among his many achievements was his tenure as student body president his junior year.
Comic books were a lifelong passion for Paul, the Green Lantern being his favorite superhero. After graduation, he dedicated his career to publishing comics, hoping to create the first socially conscious superhero. In 1996, he married Rachel and, in August 2001 and October 2004, he welcomed his beautiful son and daughter, who were the lights of his life. In his early 30s, Paul's career focus shifted to journalism. He published more than 250 articles in Oklahoma magazines and garnered attention among comic book scholars for an iconoclastic history of Superman in The Atlantic, entitled Kryptonite is Crap.
Paul struggled with mental health issues for most of his adult life and was much admired by the psychiatric medical community for his article on the Oklahoma mental health insurance crisis.
Paul is remembered by friends and family for his mischievous grin, many pranks, sarcastic wit and willingness to go above and beyond for the people he loved. He could quote every line in any 80s pop culture movie. He loved baseball and was a voracious reader. He loved to tell stories and make people laugh.
A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017 at Matthews Funeral Home, 601 S. Kelly Ave., Edmond.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly suggests contributions be made to the National Alliance on Mental Illness or to a scholarship fund for Paul's children. Please contact the funeral home for more information.
Published on October 3, 2017