Oman, Paul S. age 69 of Brooklyn Center passed away September 12, 2022, doing what he loved most, barefoot waterskiing. Paul was born on May 30, 1953, in Little Falls, MN to Ralph and Lois (Koehntopp) Oman who preceded him in death. He was the stepson of Roy Eastvold who also preceded him in death. He was a graduate of Minneapolis North High School and served in the US Air Force from 1972 to 1976 during the Vietnam War era. Mr. Oman was an electrician both during and immediately following his service in the Air Force. He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Science Degree in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota. Upon graduation from college, he held various positions as a Systems Engineer and Firmware Engineer for companies associated with medical devices including Medtronic, Smiths Medical and Boston Scientific Corporation. During Mr. Oman's professional career, he helped develop medical devices such as nerve stimulators, IV controllers, blood pumps and pacemaker/defibrillators for which he received several patents. After he retired, Paul spent his time serving as a volunteer for several nonprofit organizations. Paul's passion was his love for barefoot waterskiing. Since learning to barefoot in 1991 he collected 186 first place medals and currently holds the world record set in 2019 for barefoot jumping (7.8m) in the Men's 7 division. Paul shared his talents of barefooting with the Twin Cities River Rats Waterski Show Team for more than 25 years. He was training for the 2022 Masters World Barefoot Championship tournament in Texas just prior to his death. Paul will be missed by his many church friends, fellow waterskiing enthusiasts, and cousins. There will be a Celebration of Life on Wednesday, September 28, 2022, in the gym at St. Joan of Arc, beginning with a visitation at 5:00 PM followed by a mass at 6:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Paul's name to the general fund of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Community, the Twin Cities River Rats or Urban Homeworks.

Published on September 22, 2022