Paul A. Kocka, a longtime resident of Santa Maria, passed away on December 23, 2017. Paul was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1943 to Andrew and Olga (Duda) Kocka. Paul graduated from Ohio University with a BS in Biology.

Paul served in the United States Air Force for 20 years, coming to Vandenberg Air Force Base in 1980 to complete his career. He then earned his teaching credentials to go on and teach 5th and 6th grade at Fairlawn Elementary School. He loved working with the students to help them grow, learn and prepare for further education and life. He taught at Fairlawn for 20 years, retiring in 2008. Paul loved to garden and play golf. He was a loving father, friend and brother.

Paul is survived by his two sons; Brian Kocka and his wife April of Fullerton, CA; Keith and his wife Tosha of Santa Clarita, CA; three grandchildren, Ella, Jacob and Lily, and his sister Linda Bokovitz of Ft. Collins, CO and a nephew. There will be a private memorial service held for family and friends. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Paul Kocka to