Lassen Retriever Club is proud to be able to present the Paul Alan Gianera Scholarship.  He loved hunting with his dogs and was an active member of our club.  If you are interested in also supporting the Scholarship program or other needs of the Lassen Retriever Club, please contact us.


Paul Alan Gianera Bibliography

Paul Alan Gianera was born May 18, 1952 in San Bernardino, CA. He grew up hunting and fishing in the mountains nearby.

At the age of 18, Paul began his career in fire service with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CDF) in San Bernardino. In 1972, at the age of 20, he moved to Redding and continued with the CDF in the Shasta Unit. Continuing over the years he worked in Lassen & Siskiyou Co as well. And eventually returned to the Shasta Unit where he completed a 32 year career as a Fire Captain. He attained a Fire Science, AA degree from Shasta College during that time. Paul retired in 2004.

He achieved a Professional Ski Instructors Level 3 credential in the early 80’s and eventually was the head coach of the Mt. Shasta Ski Team. Kids ranging from 6 – 18 years old came from across the north state where he coached. The kids learned, in addition to skiing, many life lessons about respect, discipline and leadership – the same qualities Paul displayed throughout his firefighting career.

Paul also loved to fish, traveling through the western U.S. from Alaska to the border of Mexico.

In the 1980’s he began raising and training hunting dogs. Paul was a passionate waterfowl and upland game hunter and spent most of the late fall and winter with his dogs on the hunting preserves. Paul became an active member of Lassen Retriever Club in the early 1990’s and eventually those hunting dogs became trained championship dogs with Paul’s patience, time and his love of the retriever’s breed. It takes a lot of members to put on our annual events and Paul worked hard for the sport. He had the highest standard of integrity. There was no doubt if Paul volunteered for something, it would be done. His leadership qualities, sense of humor and most of all his love for his dogs, and the sports he loved were remarkable.

Paul died in a skiing accident on March 31, 2006