|Birth: ||May 1, 1952|
|Death: ||Apr. 19, 1995|
Victim of the Oklahoma City bombing. He had spent nearly half of his 43 years in government service work. Employed by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Paul Broxterman was working as a criminal investigator through the inspector general's office when the April 19 bombing occurred. Broxterman served in the Navy from 1971 to 1977 and spent part of that time in Vietnam as a radio man on the USS Enterprise. He later worked as a tax examiner for the Internal Revenue Service, as a criminal investigator for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and as a special agent for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Broxterman was a member of the Potawatomi Tribe and was active in American Indian activities. He is survived by his wife, Cammy; sons Aaron and Jerod; and daughter Cassandra.
Published in the Oklahoma Today magazine, Winter 1996 issue:
Paul G Broxterman, 42, of Edmond; husband of Cammy Broxterman, father of Aaron, Jared, and Casandra Broxterman of Peoria, AZ; son of David and Peggy Boxterman of las Vegas, NV; brother of Mark, David, and Janna Broxterman; criminal investigator, Office of Inspector General, HUD.
April 19, 1995, was Paul Broxterman's third day on the job at the OKC office (his family had been in Edmond just a week), yet Paul, a graduate of the FBI academy, was already enjoying his new post, said his mother, Peggy Broxterman.
A former undercover agent and special investigator with the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the IRS and a one-time private investigator, Paul transferred to HUD shortly after he and his son were approached by a drug dealer in a Phoenix store (Paul's undercover disguises were so authentic, he often had to apologize for his appearance at church, said his mother).
A devout Mormon, Paul was a genealogist who had traced his maternal and paternal roots back to the Deliverance (a ship that pre-dates the Mayflower) on one side and to an Indian princess and a French fur trapper on the other. His Potawatomi and Scottish heritage shaped his life. (He had been active in Potawatomi tribal activities in California, Arizona, and Oklahoma; bagpipes played "Amazing Grace" at his funeral.)
The family-oriented outdoorsman hiked, picnicked, and toured the country with family. Two years ago, he took them on a 7-state trip identical to one of his grandfather had taken him on as a boy. When the family reached Topeka, Kansas, (Paul considered it home, having spent a few childhood years there), he took everyone to visit his grandmother's grave; the experience moved Paul to buy his own plot there shortly thereafter.
Before Paul left Phoenix, said his mother, her son told a Native American friend he was "coming home" to Oklahoma, though he had never lived there in his life.
(bio by: Ms. Clyde)
Oklahoma City National Memorial
Created by: JL
Record added: Feb 15, 2007
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