On Sunday, August 15, 2021, after a brief illness, our beloved “Chef” Paul C. Knott, loving husband, and father of 2 children left this world at the age of 54.
Paul was born December 29, 1966, in Midland, TX to C. M. “Tony” Knott, and Joyce Ann Wanoreck Knott. He graduated from Texas Tech University with his BS in Restaurant, Hotel & Institutional Management in 2003. While he only worked in the restaurant industry for a couple of years, he was continually using his skills for family, friends, and local community organizations. On November 4, 1989, he married Melissa Booth. They raised one son, Caleb and one daughter, Carson.
Paul had a passion for cooking long before he became a chef. He also loved his early days of racing for Black Cat 13, watching and discussing Texas Rangers Baseball and NASCAR as well as being an active community member. His volunteer efforts included his passion for cooking. He shared his skills during events and by teaching children the skills of cooking. While he was a quiet man, if you began to discuss food, he lit up and loved to share his knowledge. He is known for a big heart, gentle spirit, his pride in his children, community activism, and catering special occasion meals for family and friends.
Paul was preceded in death by his dad “Tony” and mother, Joyce. He is survived by his wife Melissa, his two children Caleb and Carson, his sister-in-law Pam Booth, niece Britney Coronel and nephew Mason May, several cousins and chosen family.
A rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m., Friday, August 20, 2021, at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral mass will be held at 12:00 p.m., Saturday, August 21, 2021, at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Midland, TX with interment following at Resthaven Memorial Park, Midland, TX.
In lieu of flowers, consider an honorarium in Paul’s name to SHARE- West Texas www.sharewesttx.org, 3500 North A St Suite 2500, Midland, TX 79705, or any charity of your choice.
Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Midland. Online condolences may be made at www.npwelch.com.