Paul James Desautel, 63, of Baudette, passed away peacefully of natural causes Nov. 5, 2020, at Vibra Hospital in Fargo. 

A celebration of life will be held for family and close friends in spring 2021 in Graceton. 

Paul was born in Alexandria Aug. 31, 1957, to James and Louise (Hesch) Desautel. He was a 1975 graduate of Albany High School and attended the University of Minnesota Crookston’s Conservation Sciences Program.

Paul is best known for working as a hunting and fishing guide in the Lake of the Woods area for 35 years. He had an adventurous spirit and a passion for the outdoors. In his younger years he worked as a hotshot firefighter for the U.S. Forestry Service in Idaho. In recent years, he spent time fishing, hunting and traveling throughout the United States, but his heart was always with his Baudette/Lake of the Woods “family” who were always there for him.

He is survived by his children, Mariah Desautel of Baudette, and Tyler (Amber) Morris of St. Maries, Idaho; siblings Denise Desautel (Mike “Rocco” Theisen) of St. Cloud, Peter (Janet) Desautel of Albany, Jane (Mike “Monk”) Montgomery of  St. Cloud, Laurie (Roger) Kjar-Reiss of Mission Viejo, California, and Harold (Angie) Desautel of Albany; grandchildren; nieces, great-nieces and nephews, great-nephews; and aunts, cousins and friends.

Paul was preceded in death by his father in 1978 and his mother in 2015, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Services provided by West Funeral Home in Fargo, N.D. Phone: 701-282-6699.

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