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Paul A. Hughes

June 13, 1925 - January 20, 2018

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Paul A. Hughes
January 20, 2018 at 92 years old Paul A. Hughes beloved husband, father, grandfather, friend, horseman & business owner was called home.
Paul was borne on June 13, 1925 in Saint Louis, MO. the 11th of 12 children to William Clark Hughes (d. 1957) and Ethel Underwood (d. 1935). Paul spent his childhood in Fulton, MO and was raised by his sister Iva after losing his mother at 9 years old. In 1943 just before his 17th birthday he enlisted in the Navy and was deployed as a cook on PC-804,...

Paul A. Hughes
January 20, 2018 at 92 years old Paul A. Hughes beloved husband, father, grandfather, friend, horseman & business owner was called home.
Paul was borne on June 13, 1925 in Saint Louis, MO. the 11th of 12 children to William Clark Hughes (d. 1957) and Ethel Underwood (d. 1935). Paul spent his childhood in Fulton, MO and was raised by his sister Iva after losing his mother at 9 years old. In 1943 just before his 17th birthday he enlisted in the Navy and was deployed as a cook on PC-804, a submarine chaser in the south pacific, for the duration of the war. He took from his military service a skill that would serve him and hundreds of thousands of others, well over his life time.
Paul was devoted to his family and love them with his whole hert. He was father to two sons that proceeded him in death. Darrell Eugene Hughes, US ARMY veteran who passed away at the age of 21 after serving in Vietnam and Bradford Lee Hughes who passed away at the age of 25. Bradford gave Paul his first grandson, Shad Hughes. In 1977 Paul Married Donna Lee (Finney) Benham and became father to both of her sons Scott and Shawn Benham. Paul and Donna had purchased Flo's at the Chino Airport in 1974 and have spent the last 40+ years growing it into the iconic go-to for country style cooking that it has become in the Inland Empire. Flo's Airport Café located at the Chino Airport and Flo's #2 Family Restaurant in down town Chino.
Second only to his love of his family was Paul's love for horses, in particular the Tennessee Walking Horse. After the WWII Paul settled in the Los Angeles area bringing with him some of the first Tennessee Walking Horses to California and the west coast by train. He spent the next 30 years building not only his reputation as a trainer but acting as a driving force in establishing the Walking Horse breed here on the West Coast. Paul had stables in Long Beach and Whittier before coming to the Chino Valley's Carousel Ranch. It was not long before he opened Jubilee Ranch on the corner of Euclid Ave and Riverside Drive in Chino. When the family sold this property and moved to Ontario in 1978 Jubilee Ranch was closed and Golden West Farms was opened with his son Scott at the helm as head trainer. And as they say, the rest was history. Over the course of his almost 93 years here on earth Paul has been bless with more success in family, business and in his passions that most will ever dare to dream. He will be forever in our hearts and always by our side.
Paul is survived by his wife Donna, sons Scott and Shawn, their wives Adrianne and Heidi, grandchildren-Shad, Anna, Mac, Luke, JP and Torin and three great-grandchildren Corrina, Ava, and Hadley. Viewing will be held on Tuesday January 30th from 4 to 8 pm and funeral service will be on Wednesday January 31st at 1 pm Green Acres Memorial Park & Mortuary, Bloomington, CA. His family asks that in leu of flowers memorial donations be made in Paul's name to the City of Hope in Duarte, CA.