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The Passing of Paul Deesen, GM and Pontiac Designer


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It is with a sad heart that I announce the passing of Paul Deesen, former GM and Pontiac designer, on December 29, 2019. He was 89 years old. Paul had a heavy influence on the 66-67 GTO/Tempest/Lemans.

His passing hits me particularly hard. I was not only friends with Paul. Paul had personally designed the "The Jury" logo I have for Lucy. I had asked him to design the logo as if Pontiac where actually going to build the "The Jury" as a sister car to the Judge. Paul even gave me a CD with a copy of a lot of his art work on it. 

 

Paul's Obituary: 

http://m.lynchandsonslapeer.com/obituaries/events?obituaryId=10254592&fbclid=IwAR0nwuDEexvwMMXZ4gzj2jtngMJ72DTaCVGHo2cIE6XbNNTioJAY0Xd4uZ0

Paul's History:

http://www.deansgarage.com/2012/gm-designer-paul-deesen-the-pontiac-strato-star-and-sebring-1957/

Paul's original design for the Jury logo, 2-25-2013.

2_25_13_jury.tif

 

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Huh. Didn't realize someone of his magnitude lived in, of all places, Lapeer (I lived there for over 27 yrs.). Interesting timing because I'm going to be to Muir Brother's (Lapeer) Thursday for a funeral myself.

Also, the above link didn't didn't work for me - this one, however, did https://www.lynchandsonslapeer.com/obituaries/Paul-Deesen-Sr?obId=10254592#/obituaryInfo

Hrm. The plot thickens. Reading more, turns out he was stationed at the same fort (Knox) as my dad. The small world keeps getting smaller...

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Sad to hear. Losing legends left and right. Love that Jury logo and lots of what he designed

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17 minutes ago, Frosty said:

Here is a picture of Paul standing next to Lucy. This was the first time he ever saw the Jury logo on the car. I had had both headrests embroidered.

This was March 26, 2016. It was a sad day that day too. It was the day of Eric White's funeral. This picture was taken right after the funeral service for Eric. Eric's gold '67 GTO is in the background.

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My condolences Frosty! Nice though to put a face with the work/logo. May the new year bring you and yours a great & happy year!

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Thank you Last Indian. 

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