ForeverMissed
Paul Erik Frederiksen was born at Baylor Hospital in Dallas on October 4, 1967 and passed away on March 12, 2021.  The following can only provide a hint of the impact that he left on those that knew him in between those dates.
Paul was a 1986 graduate of Lake Highlands High School.  As soon as he discovered that knowledge was power (and would help him earn meaningful employment), he earned an undergraduate degree from Southern Methodist University and later dual masters degrees from the University of Texas at Arlington in City & Regional Planning and Public Administration.  
Paul dedicated his career to public service in municipal management roles for the City of Dallas, as City Administrator for Shenandoah, TX, Assistant City Manager of Colleyville, TX, Vice President for the Las Colinas Association, Town Manager of Argyle, TX, and Assistant City Manager and Interim City Manager for the City of Duncanville, TX.  He was active in professional organizations such as TCMA, TxAPA, APA and NASPAA, and held the AICP and CPM professional designations.
When not serving his community, Paul treasured spending time with Jackie and their three sons, raising them according to his beloved Danish heritage. He loved to compete at anything, from a game of Risk to a hand of Bjoerik.  He enjoyed working out with his friends at the Duncanville Fire Department, loved hunting, golfing, cycling and was a bourbon enthusiast.  He had an eclectic taste in music with a fondness for movie soundtracks, and was an amateur drummer himself.  While he enjoyed listening to stand up comedy, he was the one who made others laugh with the same dry, uproarious sense of humor he inherited from his dad.  Also inherited was his love of reading books (the thicker the better), with a penchant for history, politics, and biographies.  
Paul’s family took precedence above all.  In his official capacity as the country club head lifeguard/ pool manager, he once hired a smart, cute, and fun-loving girl to work on his team.  His greatest accomplishment in life was to convince that cute lifeguard to marry him so they could raise a team of lifeguards (who put their training into practice in Florida in 2015 by saving one boy’s life while Paul saved another).  Paul’s three boys were raised to have the same sense of values and tradition that Paul and Jackie learned from their families. It is impossible to overstate how much Paul loved his sons and the joy that they brought him.  
Everyone who knew Paul understood him to be a man of integrity, humility, wisdom and humor.   Paul will be incredibly missed.
Paul is survived by Jackie, his devoted wife of 28 years, and sons Erik Nicholas, Hayden Paul and Preston Brandt.  He is also survived by siblings Mark Frederiksen and wife Angela, Amy Pinney and husband Marc, Emily Frederiksen, Lars Frederiksen and wife Jordan. He is survived by his mother Susan Heer and stepfather Darvin, his stepmother Patsy Frederiksen, grandparents Harvey and Rila Ladd and grandmother Marj Frederiksen. He will be deeply missed by all of his immediate and greater family—an incredible collection of aunts, uncles, cousins, step-siblings, in-laws, nieces, nephews, and others too numerous to name here but just as cherished by Paul.
He is preceded in death by his father Jan Erik Frederiksen, grandparents Raymond and Sara Frederiksen, and grandmother Patricia Ladd.

An Expression of Gratitude.  Thank you to everyone that has joined us today for the plethora of support and loving remarks, both in person and virtually. Your words of comfort and expressions of kindness are deeply appreciated.--The Frederiksen Family

A memorial service will be held on Friday, March 19th at 1 pm at Northwood Church in Keller. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to The Wounded Warrior Project or a charity of your choice.


Posted by Maura Gast on March 24, 2021
My prayers for peace and comfort for the Frederiksen family, and all of Paul's extended families in the many cities he led. I had the opportunity to work with Paul while he was at The Las Colinas Association, and it was such a pleasure. So much so that there were a couple of occasions when I sic'ed a headhunter on him in hopes of luring him over to the "dark side" of CVB work, which he always graciously (and wisely) declined. He will be missed on so many levels, and I will keep all of you in prayer.
Posted by Manuel De La Rosa on March 22, 2021
My deepest condolences to the Frederiksen family. Paul, since working for you at Shenandoah, you went from a colleague to a dear friend and mentor. I will miss you.
Posted by Liana Lansing on March 19, 2021
My heartfelt sympathy and love go out to the Frederiksen family and all the "Texas Ladd (Ladof/Lansing) clan". I will never forget the family reunion at Texahoma. I brought my friend Hayden, and little Hayden was only a toddler then! 
Posted by Cynthia Williams on March 19, 2021
Matthew 5:4
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Thinking of you and wishing you hope in the midst of sorrow, comfort in the midst of pain.
Posted by Kenneth Govan on March 19, 2021
My thoughts and prayers are with the family. It was a joy to work with Paul. His smile, since of humor and how he had a way to be engaging as he used his talents and smarts at his job. I will never forget his professionalism and also his way of making you feel that you were talking to a friend. He will be missed.
Posted by Ken Smith on March 19, 2021
Wow. What a punch in the gut to hear of Paul’ passing. 

During my 22 year tenure on the City Council of Shenandoah there was never a City Administrator that I admired more than Paul  He brought his education and experience to our city and modernized our image and we became the envy of surrounding cities. He made it a point to involve all of the city council in his plans and progress.

When Paul decided to return to the Dallas area I did my best to try to talk him into staying but Paul put his family first which was the right thing to do.

When our City had an opening for a new City Administrator a few year’s ago I contacted Paul to consider coming back but he respectfully declined.

Paul will truly be missed. I am so glad I had an opportunity to know him.
Posted by David Coursey on March 19, 2021
Paul was one of our first MCRP/MPA dual degree graduates at UTA and a strong, active supporter of the programs. Last year, he graciously volunteered to help judge the Batten Simulation competition and had been working with us on establishing a MPA cohort for his city.

Paul exemplified the finest dedication and values in public service and, on behalf of all our faculty and staff, we cherish his life and contributions and wish to offer our prayers and thoughts to all of his friends and family.

Dr. David Coursey
Interim Chair and MPA Director
Dept of Public Affairs and Planning
Univ Texas Arlington
Posted by Susan Hensley on March 19, 2021
Paul was such a brilliant and talented leader for the City of Shenandoah. I learned so much about zoning and planning while working with Paul. He always wanted the best for the City. Paul dearly loved his family and was so proud of all of them. His sense of humor was truly one of his greatest gifts. You will be missed and fondly remembered. My thoughts and prayers are with Jackie and the boys and all of the family. 
Posted by Claudia Cardenas on March 19, 2021
It was such an honor to have worked with a man of great knowledge, dedication and love for his job. May my condolences bring you comfort and may my prayers ease the pain of this loss.
Posted by Wanda Kelly on March 19, 2021
Paul, My heart is broken. You taught me so many things while in Shenandoah. I will always remember the fun times we had and also the times being called into your office...”Ms. Kelly, come to my office”. You always put your best foot forward and worked tirelessly for the city of Shenandoah . I will always be indebted to you for giving me the chance to excel and expand my horizons. I will miss you dearly my friend. I am praying for your family that God will bring peace and comfort.
Posted by Pete Haas on March 19, 2021
For the family of Paul, I offer my deepest condolences. I enjoyed working with Paul while he was at LCA. He was truly one of the good guys on a team of good people there. 
I hope the memories of all the great times spent with him not only help to sustain you through your grief but remain with you always.
Posted by Vicky De Los Santos on March 19, 2021
Paul, I will remember you with a smile, the humor you spread throughout City Hall, and your leadership. I will miss our OSU conservations. You always made time to give me a tip or something for my son to research about the university. You were quick to share a story about your sons and OSU, always so proud. Today, we grieve for you and even smile because of you. You are gone in some ways but forever in our minds and hearts.

Continued prayers for the Frederiksen family. May you find comfort and peace.
Posted by Matt Bryant on March 18, 2021
News of your passing was such a punch to the gut for so many people. Paul, I can't begin to tell you how much you were cherished and looked up to by your co-workers. I have never worked with someone who was anything near the leader, motivator, and friend like you were. You treated people like people, and you did it in such a rare and unique way that drew everyone towards you. I'm grateful for what you have done for this city, and for what you have taught me. Peace and healing wishes to his family, we're with you.

Cheers bud.
Posted by Kristin Downs on March 18, 2021
I am going to miss you my friend! You were my boss, mentor, and friend. You became part of my day and we would always make each other laugh. Every time I start to get emotional and cry I hear your voice saying "there's no crying in government" then I start laughing. You will forever be in my heart and I thank you for helping me grow and for always having my back!

Until next time - Kristin Downs
Posted by Cheryl and Joe Goldwater on March 18, 2021
Joe and I were both shocked and saddened to learn of Paul’s passing today. Our hearts are broken for Jackie, Erik, Hayden, Preston and the wonderful Frederiksen family. Paul’s accomplishments were many and are to be admired. We send our love and deepest condolences. May he rest in peace.
Posted by Frederic Johnson on March 18, 2021
Resolution of Respect:

for Mr. Paul Frederiksen 

We are today comforted by the words of Our Lord in Revelations 21:4 which says:

"And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more

death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the

former things are passed away."

Whereas, it has pleased Almighty God to take unto Himself our brother

Paul Frederiksen, too soon by our measure but in the providence of the Allknowing Divine, and

Whereas, in God's holy wisdom, He has called home Paul Frederiksen to dwell

with Him in the glories of Paradise, the officers and members of The L.E. Marshal’s Service 

offer their sincere condolences to the family. Your sorrow is our sorrow; your loss

is magnified by the loss of a dear soul, and


Therefore, be it resolved that we embrace this bereaved family, in our common

bond of grief and remembrance of a beloved soul.

And therefore, be it resolved that we bow in acceptance of the perfection of God's

plan to gather each of us into His merciful arms when we have fulfilled our task on

this earth.

In the words of John, Chapter 14, verses 1 - 3:

"Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.

"In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go

to prepare a place for you.

"And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself,

that where I am you may be also."

Be at peace in the everlasting love of the Lord.

Respectfully submitted on this 18th day of March 2021 

on behalf of the Officers and Members of L.E. Marshal Service,

Duncanville. Dallas County Texas 

Duncanville City Marshal: Frederic L. Johnson 
Posted by Gilbert Perales on March 17, 2021
Jackie, Erik, Hayden and Preston we love you and pray that the great memories with your husband and dad will help guide you through these difficult times.
Posted by Cassandra Wright on March 17, 2021
Paul, I will miss your sense of humor, smile and your unconditional Leadership which helped the Utility Billing department so much within the last three years. I will always remember how competitive we were to win the Biggest Loser contest, which we won "3 times in a Row" GO TEAM BLUE!!! Paul, Tia, Jill and Cassy.. It's so hard to say goodbye to yesterday.. We Will Miss You Paul!!!
Posted by Sharon Jones on March 17, 2021
May God be with your precious family during this time. You have a wonderful family that is greatly admired. Love you all & wish to send my condolence.
Posted by Cassandra Wright on March 17, 2021
My heartfelt condolences are with the Frederiksen family during this difficult time. May God keep you strong and united through this tough time for years to come.
Posted by Athena Seaton on March 17, 2021
Paul, you will be missed by your Planning Community family. You were a positive influence for me and many others. Thank you for being your loveable and true self. Keep smiling in heaven and thank you for shining your light upon this world...
Posted by Tia Pettis on March 17, 2021
Paul, you were an awesome leader who wholeheartedly supported and uplifted your staff. You pushed us, but only to move us to a higher level. I will miss your competitive spirit as you led our Biggest Loser Team to victory, shining star smile, sense of humor, witty comebacks, quotes from 80’s & 90’s movies, sound guidance, unwavering support, and your encouragement to always be the best version of myself.

My most sincere condolences to the Frederiksen Family. My prayers are for your peace and comfort.
Posted by Rila Ladd on March 17, 2021
Here's to Paul, always with a joke or quip. 
Always in a good humor, always brought a smile to everyone he met. We will love him and miss him always.  Grandpa & Noni.
Posted by Timothy Hamilton on March 16, 2021
Paul, you made a long and lasting impression on your racquetball partner (not from the ball only) and it was a true honor to work for such an inspiring leader. You will be missed deeply by us all. Prayers, condolences, and God's perfect comfort be upon the Frederiksen Family.
Posted by Sharon Fabrega on March 16, 2021
Paul, you are an absolute treasure and we will miss you so much. May you rest in light, surrounded by never ending laughter and joy. *big hug*
Posted by Wanda Brooks on March 16, 2021
With heartfelft sorrow, I send up prayers for comfort and strength! I will always remember Paul's smile and encouragement to be great at whatever I attempt! I will cherish the gold stars I received for meeting his expectations of going above and beyond the norm! 

Hold on to God's unchanging hands for the strength and comfort in the days to come! 

Respectfully submitted!
Posted by Sheila Baker on March 16, 2021
Paul, I will miss your bright smile, awesome facial expression, but most of all your continued support and encouragement that you gave me daily. I will forever be grateful for having a leader such as you Paul.

"Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no danger because you are with me. Your rod and staff-they protect me." Psalm 23:4
Posted by Pam McAllister on March 16, 2021
My deepest condolences to the Frederiksen family. Paul will be greatly missed. 
Posted by Marianne Mckinney on March 16, 2021
We will miss your spirit lighting up our work life.
Posted by Reagan Dunkin on March 15, 2021
Paul, you are and will always be our Ladd Cousin leader. The eldest! We love everything about you: your shining spirit, your easy & contagious laughter that warms us all from the inside, your dry sense of humor, your ability to call it like it is. The list goes on forever, and that’s how long we’ll miss you. Forever. Always & forever. I love you, cousin.

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Posted by Maura Gast on March 24, 2021
My prayers for peace and comfort for the Frederiksen family, and all of Paul's extended families in the many cities he led. I had the opportunity to work with Paul while he was at The Las Colinas Association, and it was such a pleasure. So much so that there were a couple of occasions when I sic'ed a headhunter on him in hopes of luring him over to the "dark side" of CVB work, which he always graciously (and wisely) declined. He will be missed on so many levels, and I will keep all of you in prayer.
Posted by Manuel De La Rosa on March 22, 2021
My deepest condolences to the Frederiksen family. Paul, since working for you at Shenandoah, you went from a colleague to a dear friend and mentor. I will miss you.
Posted by Liana Lansing on March 19, 2021
My heartfelt sympathy and love go out to the Frederiksen family and all the "Texas Ladd (Ladof/Lansing) clan". I will never forget the family reunion at Texahoma. I brought my friend Hayden, and little Hayden was only a toddler then! 
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Shared by Rila Ladd on March 17, 2021
Paul was our first grandchild - and what a blessing he was.  Even at at an early age he insisted on "helping" his grandfather with difficult tasks around the house - like climbing a two story ladder to install shutters on our home.  When he was around 7 years old and we were having a garage sale - he insisted that he had to help.  We brought him to our house and he immediately started rearranging all the stuff in an orderly manner so, according to him, it would "sell better".

He grew into a very fine man....and a wonderful father.  We were so proud of him, his caring nature, his great smile, and his wonderful sense of humor.  Rest in peace, sweet Paul.

Grandpa and Noni