MACOMB - Patrick Paul Clerkin, 34, formerly of Macomb, died on Sunday morning, Dec. 29, 2013, in Iowa City, Iowa.
He was born in Carthage, Ill., on March 7, 1979, to John and Beth Clerkin. He grew up in Macomb, where he graduated with honors from Macomb High School.
Patrick had the brightest future ahead of him. He was undeniably brilliant. His ability to fix anything mechanical or computerized was second to none. He was a percussionist in the Macomb High School, Western Illinois University and University of Illinois marching bands. Briefly, Patrick was the drummer for a garage band, GWONK, but he realized that engineering, physics, and medicine were a better fit. Not one to shy away from a challenge, Patrick received his B.S. in computer engineering from the University of Illinois in 2002, his Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Louisiana Tech in 2007 and his M.D. in medicine from Louisiana State University Medical School in 2012. At the time of his death, Patrick was a medical resident in radiation oncology at the University of Iowa.
His intellect, though, was just a part of what made Patrick so special. He was charismatic, handsome, brave and witty. He was capable of lighting up a crowded room with laughter. Patrick loved his family, and he was a strong source of support when times were difficult.
He married Jennifer, his "sensitive, supportive" wife, in 2012. He loved her deeply, and they made a wonderful team, composed of opposites and similarities. He did his best to take things one day at a time, with the help of his faithful golden retriever, Jack.
Patrick enjoyed taking walks at Lake Argyle State Park, working on mopeds and cars, playing golf and eating his wife's and mom's delicious meals.
Patrick is survived by his wife, Jennifer; his parents, John and Beth Clerkin; his siblings and their spouses, Elise and Josh, Darren and Kirsten, and Maggie; as well as his niece, Cora.
A memorial visitation will be held on Friday, Jan. 3, from 4 to 6 p.m. and a memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, Jan. 4 at 10:30 a.m., both at St. Paul Catholic Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the National Alliance of Mental Illness (www.nami.org/).
Patrick's death is an unbelievable tragedy and we will forever hold him in our hearts.
Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Please sign guestbook and leave condolences at www.dodsworthfh.com.
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