Paul Bolton Sonntag

Paul Bolton Sonntag

Birth
Angleton, Brazoria County, Texas, USA
Death 1 Aug 1966 (aged 18)
Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA
Burial Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 19868488 · View Source
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Shooting Victim in the University of Texas Massacre in 1966. An 18-year old graduate of Stephen F. Austin High, Paul Sonntag had been accepted to University of Colorado for the upcoming term, and was working as a lifeguard at the local pool. Initially out with his fiancée Claudia Marilyn Rutt and their friend Carla to pick up his paycheck and get Claudia a polio vaccine, when the shooting started the three of them had taken cover behind construction barriers in front of the Snyder-Chenards dress shop. At one point Paul stood up exclaiming "Carla! Come look, I can see him. This is for real!" and was shot in the mouth. His grandfather, KTBC anchor Paul Bolton, learned of his death when he asked reporter Joe Roddy to read out a list of casualties on-air. He was survived by his parents Jim Frederick Sonntag and Beverly Jane Bolton Sonntag, brothers James Bernard "Barney" Sonntag and George Christopher Sonntag.


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  • Maintained by: Nancy Leshikar Hébert
  • Originally Created by: Tracy Powell
  • Added: 13 Jun 2007
  • Find a Grave Memorial 19868488
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Paul Bolton Sonntag (2 May 1948–1 Aug 1966), Find a Grave Memorial no. 19868488, citing Austin Memorial Park Cemetery, Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Nancy Leshikar Hébert (contributor 47194409) .