2010-12-02 / Obituaries

Patrick Joseph Thistle

Patrick died on Nov. 22. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, JoAnn Thistle; two children, David and Ann; and grandchildren, Hanna, Beau, Carter, Avery, and Elle.

Patrick was born in Los Angeles on Sept. 4, 1940, and attended grammar and high schools in that area. After graduation from St. Francis High School in La Canada, Patrick enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served four years in the submarine service aboard the U.S.S. Ronquil and U.S.S. Archerfish, until his honorable discharge in May, 1963.

Patrick and JoAnn, then a nurse in Pasadena, were married on Aug. 3, 1963, and over the succeeding years, lived in La Canada, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Mariposa.

After his four year stint in the Navy submarine service, Pat was employed as a police officer for ten years in the City of Pasadena. In 1972, he took and passed the California State Bar Exam, whereupon he practiced law, maintaining law offices in Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange, Imperial, Mariposa, and Stanislaus Counties. Most recently, Pat worked with Operating Engineers Local 3 Union.

He recently retired in Mariposa and had the opportunity to spend time and enjoy many of his closest friends and family.

Pat was an amazing husband, father, friend, and colleague. He lived with conviction and always supported those that he loved. He was the constant defender of the underdog and had a sense of humor second to none. He was the ultimate storyteller and he fulfilled his dreams.

Pat lived an admirable, amazing life, full of adventure. He enjoyed helping others, living passionately, spending time with JoAnn and his family, traveling and being surrounded by friends.

Pat was up for anything, and for 50 years, he never turned JoAnn down for the next dance.

Pat taught his loved ones how to live and take the time to embrace life.

Memorial contributions may be sent to: John C. Fremont Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 1093 Mariposa, CA 95338.

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I tried to call Pat this

I tried to call Pat this morning and got a different voice on the phone. I was then told of the bad news. Wow...ruined my day. Pat was a good person and will be missed. My condolences to the family.

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