It is with immense sadness that we announce the passing of Paul Dickason Helm on May 1, 2019. He left this world in comfort and peace surrounded by his family at home after a brief but courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 61 years old.
Paul was born in Fort Worth, TX to Emma John and Stafford Helm on November 24, 1957— the eighth of nine children. He graduated from Southwest High School in 1976 and later went on to earn his degree in Petroleum Land Management from the University of Texas. Paul began his career as a Landman with Pennzoil, working throughout the North and Northeastern United States. He forged many of his most cherished and lifelong relationships while working at Pennzoil.
He eventually moved to Shreveport, LA where he met the love of his life, Amie, through mutual friends; they were married on September 19, 1987. They later moved to Houston where they welcomed their two daughters, Bonnie and Melissa.
After working for years in corporate America, Paul decided to launch his own company, Dundee Properties, Inc., named for a town near the ancestral Helm family ranch. He spent many of his latter years working alongside colleagues who became treasured friends at Ventex Operating Corporation.
One of Paul’s greatest joys in life was watching his girls grow up and investing in their lives. He wore many hats as a father: story-teller, harp hauler, volleyball cheerleader, counselor, consoler, and investor. His charge to his daughters was to always “be bold,” an adage which will follow them throughout their lives.
Paul was a man of diligence, integrity, pragmatism, and charisma. He never met a stranger whom he couldn’t befriend and he was loved by all. He was never afraid to tell you his opinion, offer a helping hand, or even practice the art of simply listening.
Although his loss leaves a hole in the hearts of all who loved him, his spirit will be carried on through the affection and contagious joy he gave to all throughout his life.
He deeply loved his family, his faithful dog Duke, and his little slice of heaven at Redbird Ranch. He spent many happy hours at Redbird mowing the lands, fighting the great sticker bur wars, and just “checking on things.”
He is preceded in death by his parents, Stafford Grigsby Helm Jr. and Emma John Helm. He is survived by his wife Amelia (Amie) Tiedeman Helm, his daughters Bonnie Blake Helm and Melissa Laurel Helm, and his eight siblings: Stafford Grigsby Helm III and his wife Harriet, Emily Evelyn Helm, Dana Helm Davis, Mavon Helm Wall and her husband Jim, Nancy Helm Johnson, Wade Hawkins Helm, Mary Ann Helm Branum and her husband Dr. Gene Branum, and Melissa Helm Krikorian and her husband Larry.
A memorial service will be held at Bridgepoint Bible Church on June 10th at 11:00 a.m. One of Paul’s last wishes was for those who will miss him to be joyful; to honor this request, we are asking that all who attend dress in colorful attire. In lieu of flowers, we ask that you donate to the Pancreatic Cancer Research fund (www.pancan.org). We hope that through Paul’s battle, we can help fight this rare and devastating disease.
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