Paul Gregory Hodel

1960 ~ 2023

Paul Gregory Hodel (Greg), 62, sadly left us on March 4, 2023, after a valiant battle with a lingering illness.

Greg was foremost a loving husband and father. He was quick with a joke and knew how to share his sense of humor to make everyone laugh. His commitment to family was unwavering.

Greg was born in Oakland, California, and grew up in various locations throughout the Bay Area. He enjoyed sports, especially playing baseball, fishing, and playing all kinds of card games. He graduated from Shelley High School.

Greg enlisted in the Navy at age 19 and served his country with service aboard the submarine USS Chicago (SSN-721) and at various bases around the world as an electronics technician. After retiring from the Navy, ETC (SS), he and his family returned to the Idaho Falls area to reside close to family. Greg was employed at Curtiss Wright, working with instrumentation for nuclear power plants.

Greg was an avid loyal football fan and continuously followed the Las Vegas Raiders. He couldn’t wait for the new season to pick his fantasy football players. He enjoyed competing in the local cornhole league where he made many lifelong friends.

Greg leaves behind his beloved wife, Tracy, and sons, Paul, and Jason. He is also survived by his mother, Beth Hoffman (Rich), his brother, Mike Hodel (Kathleen), and sister, Darcie Flood (Mike).

He was preceded in death by his father, Paul Fredrick Hodel.

In lieu of flowers, you may send a condolence through Larkin Mortuary in Salt Lake City.


Greg is one of the good ones! He is a friend and I enjoyed working with him. Great guy with lots of integrity. He will be missed in many ways.

- Kent Davies

I'm so sorry for your loss. Greg was one of the first people I became friends with when I started working at Curtiss-Wright. He was always so helpful when I came to him with questions.

- Nancy Lynn Hayes

I remember babysitting You, Mike and Darcie when you lived down the street Grandma and Grandpa in Concord CA. From there you moved to Livermore CA just a couple of blocks from Grandma, Grandpa and me. Then to Castro Valley CA and then to Idaho. You always were fun to be around and a great and caring guy. May you rest in peace Greg. Love you always.

- Cindy Hodel Freitas

God Bless Greg may he be in a better place! Thank you for being a good friend to me and my father Stepehen Rhead and thank you for the fun years playing fantasy football. You'll be missed.

- Brent Rhead

I had the opportunity to work with Greg for several years at Curtiss-Wright. I knew him too be a man of integrity who took pride in a job well done. He not only knew how to work, but also how to laugh, and make others laugh too. He introduced me to the game of cornhole and I had the privilege of partnering up with him for my first community tournament. He was always supportive and I will remember him with admiration and respect.

- Scott Baker

Tracy - So sorry to hear the news. Greg was always an outstanding employee and I saw him as a good friend. My prayers are with you and the family.

- Bob Queenan

Greg was a great guy. I had the pleasure of playing cornhole with him over the last few years. He will be missed.

- Dave

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Tracy.
I will truly miss Greg (my friend). He was and always will be an awesome person.

- Joyce Roberts

I didn't know Greg personally, but after seeing his picture on this obituary I do remember seeing him around the office and during cornhole tournaments at work. When I asked some coworkers about him, they had nothing but great things to say and how he was great to work along side with. My deepest condolences go out to all his family and close friends as I am sure beyond a shadow of a doubt they are all grieving his loss at this time. May the Lord bring comfort to them all during this time of sorrow.

- Stephen Pardini

I've had the pleasure of working with Greg for almost 11 years. I always loved his sense of humor and no-nonsense approach to things. He will be missed by all here at Curtiss Wright. He was part of our family.
There are no words I can say to ease your pain. I'm sending love, hugs and prayers to Tracy and the entire family!

- Corrina Lyn Byron

Just found out about Greg's passing, loved the man , truly sorry to hear this news,, great times at Curtis Wright working with him, funny guy and a pretty damn good pool player, hope you and the boys are ok Tracy ...

- Mike Croft

So deeply saddened of Greg's passing. I always really liked Greg. Such a fun and pleasant person to work with. My condolences and prayers for the family.

- Shauna Boyack

The Buckley SFB military Retiree Activities Office (RAO) would like to offer our sincere condolences and our gratitude for Mr. Hodel’s service to our country in the Navy. If you would like help with any matters related to casualty assistance, Defense Finance & Accounting Service, Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP), Veterans Affairs (VA), etc. you can contact our office on Buckley SFB (Denver, CO) at 720-847-6693 or The RAO is staffed by volunteers, all military retirees themselves, and our sole purpose is to provide assistance to any military retirees and surviving spouses/family members with anything related to their military service and/or benefits, in particular during difficult times such as this. We are deeply sorry for your loss.

Steve Young
Lt Col, USAF, Ret
Director, Buckley SFB RAO

- Steve Young

Tracy so sorry for your loss. It is extra hard when a life is cut short unexpectedly from a terrible disease that there is no help for. We will miss his fun loving spirit.

- Shellie

Greg was my husband’s best friend. They served together in the military. We were neighbors in Navy housing in San Diego and when they moved to Idaho we continued our friendship. Tracy and I became great friends and the 4 of us always enjoyed our time together. Greg had a great sense of humor and always played the best music. He doted on Tracy and treated her like a princess. We will miss him! We pray for comfort and strength for Tracy and the rest of his family during this difficult time 💗

- Susan and Mike Hand

Very sad to come across this. Really got a kick out of working with Greg back in the day at Scientech. He had great taste in music! Almost made me overlook the fact that he was a Raiders fan, almost. Had many good laughs with Greg. Sending my heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones.

- Rebecca Baumgartner