Memorial: Paul Edgar Best

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Paul Edgar Best was born in Whittier, California, on December 4, 1928. As a child he suffered a near fatal illness. He was an active member of the Whittier Church of the Nazarene. Upon graduation with honors from Whittier Union High School in 1946 Paul entered Pasadena College, studying religion and philosophy in preparation for the pastoral ministry he felt God leading him to. Paul was a good singer and toured with The Crusaders Quartet, a foretaste of God's desire to use his musical abilities in later ministry. During college days Paul met Marjorie Earlene Highley. After a year's courtship they were married on December 11, 1948, at the Chapel of Roses in Pasadena. The Crusaders Quartet served as Paul's groomsmen.

Paul graduated from Pasadena College (now Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego) in 1950 with high honors. He then pursued graduate studies in religion at Pasadena College while serving as minister of music for the Hawthorne and Bellflower Nazarene congregations. Two sons were born during these early days of ministry: David Michael in 1950, and Dale Warren in 1952. Robin Elizabeth completed their quiver two years later.

Paul enrolled at Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City in 1952 but soon had to postpone his studies to return to southern California to care for his growing family and his aging parents. He briefly pastored the Spring Valley Church of the Nazarene before taking graduate courses in business and accounting, which led to owning and operating a bookkeeping business in Monrovia. Paul returned to fulltime pastoring in Thousand Oaks in 1967. Later he took an associate position in Lompoc. …