Sept. 26, 1949-Feb. 9, 2019
Paul passed away peacefully on the evening of Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Billings, Montana.
Paul was born September 26, 1949 to Paul and Doris (Martin) Battaiola in Butte, MT. He was raised in Meaderville and McGlone Heights and attended local grade schools. During this time he was an active Boy Scout. Paul graduated from Butte High School in 1967. He attended Montana Tech, Western Montana College and graduated from Montana State University with a Master’s Degree in Education.
Paul married Darlene Murja on August 29, 1971. They continued to live in Butte, and Paul taught for Butte School District #1 until his retirement.
Paul and his wife Darlene purchased the Butte Academy of Beauty Culture Inc., in 1983, which they ran until its sale in 2015, allowing the couple to enjoy their retirement together.
Paul was an active member and officer of the Cristoforo Colombo Lodge, a fellowship dedicated to the members’ Italian heritage. Paul enjoyed fishing, hunting, and his new hobby driving his side-by-side, with Darlene, family members and good friends.
Surviving Paul are Darlene, his wife of 47 years; his sister, Catherine (Battaiola) Sorg; brothers and sisters, Dan Murja, Debbie and Don Milmine, David Murja and Nancy Lauch, John and Melody Mitchell, and Madelyn Williams. Paul was very close to his cousins, Pam Masker, Kris Duhame, Karen Sarti and good friend, Tim Ryan. He is also survived by his cousin, Mike Battaiola. Paul will be remembered and cherished by all of his many loved ones, especially his nieces and nephews, Darick, Mike, Kim, Heather, Kristi, Melanie, Will and Jan.
Duggan Dolan Mortuary is in charge of services. Cremation has taken place. Visitation with the family will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, the 15th in the Duggan Dolan Chapel. Memorial Services will be held Saturday, February 16th at 11 a.m. in the Duggan Dolan Chapel. Family visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Internment of Paul's ashes will take place at a later date. Immediately following, a reception will be held at Quality Inn and Suites, 2100 Cornell Ave, Butte, MT. In lieu of flowers, donations made be made to Spirit of Columbia Gardens Carousel, St Jude's or Shriner’s Children's Hospitals.