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From:  The Williamson County Sun



The Rev. Paul J. Blom


The Rev. Paul J. Blom of Georgetown, Texas, passed away on June 5, 2023, at the age of 82. Paul was born January 19, 1941 in Green Bay, Wisconsin to the Rev. Axel Blom and Naomi Blom, née Hougaard. After graduating from Memorial High School, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Paul attended St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota, from which he graduated in 1963.

Following college, Paul graduated from Luther Theological Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota, and was ordained as a Lutheran pastor in 1967. He served congregations in California and Texas for 25 years before being elected Bishop of the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He served in that office for 16 years, providing leadership through the immediate aftermaths and recoveries of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, expanding cooperation among and between other religious denominations, and investing in ministries for youth and young adults.

After retiring to Georgetown in 2007, Paul continued pursuing his passion of life-long learning by teaching and participating in courses at Senior University. He was an avid sports fan, especially rooting for the Green Bay Packers, Houston Astros, and Texas Longhorns. He enjoyed reading mystery and suspense novels and volunteering at local charities like Georgetown Backpack Buddies.

Most importantly, Paul was a man who deeply understood the meaning and implications of God’s merciful grace for all of creation, which inspired in him a compassionate conviction to love and defend the forgotten, marginalized, and rejected. It also inspired in him a sense of humor that he deeply enjoyed sharing with all those around him.

Paul is survived by his wife of 55 years, Marie Blom, and his daughter, Sara Slaughter (Brad) of Cedar Park, Texas and son, Nathan Blom (Liza) of Parker, Colorado. He is also survived by his sister, Connie Blom of St. Louis Park, Minnesota and stepmother, Ruth Blom of Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Paul’s greatest joy and deepest pride were his five grandchildren, Luke, Jacob, and Grace Slaughter and Abigail and Noah Blom, who he loved to cheer on from the sidelines both near and far.

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m July 8 at at Christ Lutheran Church, Georgetown.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Christ Lutheran Church, Georgetown, Texas (https://clcgtn.org/give), Lutheran Disaster Response (https://elca.org/Our-Work/Relief-and-Development/Lutheran-Disaster-Response), or Live On Endowment Fund of the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod, ELCA

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