Paul Thill

Paul Thill, a thrill-seeking adventurer who loved to dance and who thrived after the birth of his daughter nearly four years ago, died June 21 of a cancerous brain tumor. He was 47.

Paul Anthony Thill, born on June 3, 1966, in Santa Rosa, was one of Tina and Les Thill's 11 children.

As the youngest boy, he was a born thrill seeker and adventurer, said his sister, Sarah Stevenson of Bend, Ore.

"He lived life at 150 miles per hour," she said. "If there was a day, he was living it to the fullest."

Thill attended Bellevue Elementary School, Cook Junior High and Montgomery High School. After graduating in 1984, Thill studied at Santa Rosa Junior College and eventually went to work for Hewlett-Packard.

After nearly a decade working with computers, Thill turned to plastering and worked for a number of companies. He also worked as a surveyor.

An avid athlete and outdoors enthusiast, Thill made regular trip to Vail, Colo. to ski the toughest slopes. He rode his bike frequently and long told anyone who would listen that he would never settle down and marry a woman unless she was able to ride to the top of Skyline Wilderness Park in Napa without walking her bike.

Monika Ederova passed the test.

The pair met while ballroom dancing and were married Aug. 9, 2003, in Tahoe.

Nearly four years ago, the couple welcomed their daughter, Klara.

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