A ‘Sun Valley
a ‘terrible golfer’
Express Staff Writer
McKinnon is being remembered by many Sun Valley old-timers and learned
about by many Sun Valley newcomers after his sudden death on Dec. 31 at
his Hagerman, Idaho, home.
retired from the Sun Valley resort in July 1997 when this picture was
taken. Friends say he was small in stature, but big at heart. Express
photo by Jack Williams
70, once the senior bellman for the Sun Valley Resort, was witty, funny,
and a pro at making visitors to the Sun Valley Lodge feel at home. He
retired in 1999 after 41 years of service at the resort.
Huffman, the general manager of Sun Valley Resort, called McKinnon "a
Sun Valley institution."
almost 40 years Paul was the first person to greet the Sun Valley guests,
and he always had a smile and a joke for all of them. For many of them, he
was ‘Mr. Sun Valley.’"
old friend Archie Levitan used the word "imp" to describe him.
was a little imp of a guy with a wild sense of humor," Levitan
were bellhops together in 1957. He was a good hard worker. All who knew
him loved him, but he had a devilish sense of humor.
was the kind of guy who could say anything and get away with it."
longtime friend of McKinnon’s, Jack Flaherty, also met McKinnon in 1957.
Flaherty was a pastry chef for the Sun Valley Resort at the time.
Valley was smaller then," Flaherty said, "and everyone knew
everyone else. And Paul and I were both from New England."
example of McKinnon’s humor, Flaherty told the story about one of their
was talking with this guy, telling him how he had cut back on his smoking
during the trip because I wouldn’t let him smoke in the car.
the guy asked Paul why he didn’t drive his own car.
was my car!’ Paul said."
Levitan, Flaherty remembers McKinnon as "a terrible golfer."
he loved to golf," he said.
said that he would tell a story of McKinnon’s humor on the golf course
at a celebration of his life at the American Legion Hall in Ketchum on
Friday, Jan. 11. The memorial service is scheduled from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
McKinnon was "small of stature, but a real big man, big-hearted and a
time Flaherty saw his friend alive was at the Sun Valley employees dinner
He and his
wife Marryann sat with McKinnon and his wife Kelly.
And true to
the end, McKinnon "kept coming up with one joke after another."
obituary appears on Page A18 of the printed edition of the Idaho Mountain