Patrick Sheridan passed away peacefully at his home on July 8, 2011. He was 61 years old.
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Born in San Francisco and raised in Southern California, Patrick was an alumnus of Mater Dei High School, Class of 1968.
Upon graduating from high school, Patrick enlisted in the United States Army and proudly served our country in Vietnam. His distinctive service was recognized by being awarded a Bronze Star for meritorious achievement.
After his military service, Patrick attended the University of Idaho where he received a degree in environmental law. He went on to pass the bar exam and used his knowledge to serve as a water law judge, as well as to help the environment in several different ways. Patrick had many other interests and later on used his abilities to work in the areas of construction and carpentry.
He volunteered his time to several causes near and dear to his heart. He had a keen interest and love for horses and military veterans. He assisted in the equestrian program at Eagle Mount for several years and in 2010 began volunteering with "Operation Never Forgotten." Because of his service in Vietnam, Patrick had a special connection with today's younger war veterans and all the wounded warriors who visited Montana this past January.
Patrick was preceded in death by his mother and father, Betty Lou Bateman of Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Philip Edward Sheridan of Marshalltown, Iowa; as well as three sisters, Mary Elizabeth, Amy Ann, and Eileen Marie.
He is survived by one nephew, Matthew Philip Vasquez of Anaheim, Calif.; and his dear friends in California and Montana.
Patrick searched for many years to find a place he could call "home." He found that place in Bozeman. Here he fell in love with the people and the lifestyle. He found his way into many people's hearts and became a friend who will be missed by all. Patrick was a man who loved carpentry, horses, his beloved dogs, and just being a cowboy.
Services will be held Friday, July 29, at Fort Harrison in Helena. A gathering in the chapel will begin at 1 p.m., followed by military burial at 2 p.m. An evening reception will be held at 7 p.m. at the Eagles Lodge in Bozeman.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on July 26, 2011