Marian men’s soccer mourns the passing of Paul Sanchez

March 15, 2018

Alumni Paul SanchezWAUWATOSA, Wis. – Marian athletics and the Marian University men’s soccer program is sad to announce the passing of Paul Sanchez, a former student-athlete from 1989-93 (injury redshirt in 1992). Paul leaves behind his extraordinary wife, Jill, and four amazing children; Natalie, Dominic, Gabe, and Luke. Paul passed in the evening on Friday, March 9 at the age of 46.

Paul was the first of 4 other Sanchez’s to play for the Sabre men’s soccer program. Paul’s brothers, Andy, Eric, and Brian, all played for the men’s team and his sister, Abby, played for the women’s team. He was more than a big brother to all his siblings and he will be dearly missed by them.

Paul was an All-American player for the Sabres and had numerous Lake Michigan Conference honors, All-District accolades, and All-Area NAIA recognition during his playing career for the Sabres. He was an extremely versatile player who could play any position on the field because of his high soccer IQ. Combine his “soccer smarts” with his extremely focused work ethic and he became quite the formidable collegiate soccer player. He also captained many of the teams he played on. As a result of his playing prowess and leadership abilities, Paul was inducted into Marian’s inaugural Hall of Fame class in 2012.

Even though Paul was a standout on the soccer field, this was only a small part of who he was. He was an extremely well liked young man with an infectious smile and a disarming personality. When he had a passion for something, he was straight forward and ahead in pursuit of it. He could fast talk, give you a sales pitch, and a smile to convince you that his way was the direction to go in and you would.

Paul’s biggest passion was his family. He loved his wife and children dearly.  He held a few positions in his employment career, most recently with the Milwaukee Kickers, but his favorite job title was “Dad” He liked watching his kids grow up, being involved with their activities and just being an integral part of their lives.

Paul was a talented man and a jack of all trades. He had a knack for music and could play multiple instruments including drums, guitar, and trumpet. He also was known to do some DJing at times at weddings and at St Jude’s Church in Wauwatosa, Wis. He was also an avid magician and would put on magic shows at St. Jude’s as well.

People all around who knew Paul are saddened by his passing from the earthly world, but are encouraged that we are all better off have known him.

Visitation will be held on Friday, March 16, 2018 at Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral Home, 10121 W. North Avenue, Wauwatosa from 4 PM until 8 PM.  Visitation on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church, 734 Glenview Avenue, Wauwatosa from 9:30 AM until the time of Mass of Christian Burial at 11 AM.  Private burial at Wauwatosa Cemetery.

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