In addition to his impressive academic accomplishments, Paul was a dedicated musician. An accomplished classical pianist, Paul played piano and bass in orchestra. He developed a passion for chess that led him to regional competitions, and he was a lifelong athlete. He played baseball and soccer but connected most deeply with Kempo Karate where he earned a Black Belt at the Junior and the Adult levels. More recently Paul completed two half-triathlons in 2016 and was training for a third. His agility was not limited to physical competition. He competed at the City of Austin O’Henry Pun-Off in 2016, to applause and appreciation from audience and moderators. Philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau once said, “The person who has lived the most is not the one with the most years, but the one with the richest experience.” Although only 27 at the time of his death in 2017, Paul R. DeGregory had pursued his passions, served others and lived with a strong sense of purpose. A person who constantly pushed himself beyond his comfort zone in order to grow, he enjoyed many rich experiences. His family remembers that Paul, an only child, lived a good life. Understanding that character, integrity, and love are of the utmost importance, he lived those truths and brought love and joy to his family.
“We lost Paul far too soon, but we thank God for and are eternally grateful for the precious time we had with him,” Paul’s parents write. “Paul, we will always love you and we will miss you very much.”