Patricia Mercedes Wheeler Oct. 29, 1936 - July 8, 2013 Walnut Creek , CA Resident Patricia Wheeler passed away unexpectedly from a heart attack. She served as Principal of San Ramon Valley High School from 1989 to 1997. Previously she was a Vice Principal at Clayton Valley High School and Mt. Diablo High School, both in Concord. She is a Past President of the Danville/Sycamore Valley Rotary Club, and was active in AAUW. Pat was born in New York City, and was raised in Washington State and various locations in California as her father was a Prison vice Warden. She attended High School in Salem Oregon where her father was Warden of Oregon State Penitentiary. She attended College of Marin where she met and married David Wheeler in 1955. They were married for 57 years. Their first son, David Jr. was born after she finished her sophomore year at UC Berkeley. In the next four years John and Jim were born. After they were all in school she returned to Cal and received her BS in education. She began her career in education as a PE teacher at Concord High School, and attended St. Mary's and got her Masters Degree in Administration. Pat and David traveled extensively visiting 44 countries in all. They enjoyed sailing, going from Miami to Ottawa Canada via inland waterways in one boat, and traveling from Seattle to Xtapa Mexico in a beautiful 43' Motor Sailor. They were members of the Richmond Yacht Club for 42 years. They have lived in their home in Walnut Creek for 49 years and enjoyed a summer home at Silver Lake in Lassen County, built by David's father in the 30s. Pat is survived by her husband David, sons David Jr. (Marta), John, and Jim(Annette), 5 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild, and two more expecting. She was a wonderfully warm and generous lady, was well loved and will be missed by all. A celebration of her life will be held at the Danville Community Center at 2:00 PM, Sunday, July 21st. Donations to the Danville/Sycamore Valley Rotary Club, 696 San Ramon Valley Blvd. Box 332, Danville Ca 94526 for Student Activity Programs at San Ramon Valley High School.
Published in Contra Costa Times on July 14, 2013