It is with much sadness to announce the passing of this much loved, sweet, decent and gentle man, who died of cancer in Portland, Ore., on Dec. 17, 2012. He was a husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend.
He was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa on April 14, 1952 to Bernie and Georgia Malone. The family moved to California and later to Price. Pat attended Notre Dame High school in Price, and moved to the Bay Area for many years where he honed his skill as a cook. He moved to Salt Lake City where he met his wife Judy in 1988. He and Judy moved to Portland in 1995 where he enjoyed the weirdness of the city and the beauty of the coast.
Everyone who ever met Pat will remember his sense of humor. He was always the first to see the lighter side of any situation and could make you laugh even when you felt like crying. His intellect was always guided by a keen sense of justice and his insight into what makes people tick. He wanted nothing more than for the world to be a better place than it is, and if he had any failing at all, it was that he could never understand why bad things happened to good people. He was a friend first, and although he had an opinion about everything, he would never alienate someone with a different opinion.
His life revolved around his intense love of music, all kinds, but he was deeply rooted in the music of the 60's and the counter revolution. He could name the members of obscure bands, and could always quote some appropriate lyric that fit nearly any situation. He cared deeply for his many friends, and could remember the names of their parents, kids and relatives. He would always ask after everyone and was genuinely interested in the problems of others and would never mention his own. He was a true child of the age of Aquarius, and remained so his entire life. He was a shining example of all that could be if the world would just learn to laugh a little more. For many of us the music has stopped but only for awhile.
He will remain a dear soul to all of us who knew him for the peaceful and generous person he was. We will remember his unstoppable sense of humor, his soft voice and his laugh. And don't forget the sign that Pat hung on his front door, Think Good Thoughts.
He is survived by his wife Judy and best friend of 24 years, son Joshua, granddaughter Ruby (Portland, Ore.), sister Mollie Rogers (Salt Lake City), sister-in-law Jane Malone (Wilmington, N.C.), Judy's extended family and his longtime friends Cindy Basso Rogers and Scott MacKnight (Price). He was preceded in death by his mother, Georgia, father Bernie, brother Mike and nephew Jason.
Now cracks a noble heart. Goodnight, sweet prince; and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest. Until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hands and I'll see you when I get there my sweet, sweet man. Rest in peace, Paddy. Cremation has taken place. A graveside service will be held in June 2013 (a date to be determined) at Mt. Calvary, Salt Lake City Cemetery, followed by a celebration of his life at the home of Bob and Maryann Davis.
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