Paul R. Hotz of Acworth, N.H., died surrounded by his wife and three children on Friday, August 15, after a long illness. He was 75.

Paul was born and raised in Lakeville, Mass., by his parents Paul and Olga Hotz with his brother Walter Hotz. After high school he joined the Air Force and married his wife Carol.

In the late 1960s he became a Mass. Environmental Police Officer and moved to Martha’s Vineyard. While on the Island he became a pilot and a spotter pilot for swordfish boats. After retiring, he ran the Long Point Wildlife Refuge for the Trustees of Reservations.

In 1994 he left Martha’s Vineyard and moved to Sandwich, where he became an active member of the Republican Committee. Later he moved to Acworth, N.H., to farm. Paul was passionate in all his endeavors. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish. His travels took him all over the country and the Bahamas. Paul always had the next great plan in the works.

Paul was survived by his wife of 54 years, Carol; oldest son John Hotz of Huntersville, N.C., and his wife Michelle and two children Casey and Emily; daughter Donna Hotz of Milford, N.H., and her daughter Sarah; and youngest son, Brian Hotz, of Warner, N.H., and his wife Jennifer and their three children Maggie, Alexandra and Will. He was also survived by his brother, Walter Hotz, of Lakeville, and his wife, Gail, as well as many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers please send contributions to the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD), N.H., or the Wounded Warriors Project in his name.