Patrick Blaine Cleary, 26, of Idaho Falls, Idaho, passed away Jan. 3, 2013, in Idaho Falls. Patrick was born Sept. 18, 1986, in Idaho Falls to Keith and Debra Cleary. He attended Taylorview Junior High and Idaho Falls High School. He recently completed Law Enforcement studies at Idaho State University. As a military child growing up, he lived with his family in Idaho Falls, Idaho, San Francisco, Calif., Hampton, Va., and Oviedo, Fla. Pat married Lexie Faye Wood Cleary, Aug. 6, 2005, in San Diego, Calif. He was a U.S Marine sergeant, serving four years in the special forces in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. After leaving the military, Pat served as a security police officer at the Idaho National Lab.
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Patrick was a Christian. He was very passionate about life, his country and his family. He lived life to the fullest and loved his two boys, Colin and Kade, more than life itself!
Survivors include his wife, Lexie Cleary of Idaho Falls; sons, Collin and Kade Cleary of Idaho Falls; parents, Keith and Debra Cleary of Crystal River; brother, Ben Cleary of Tallahassee; sister, Emily Helton of Asheville, N.C.; grandparents, Peter and Jean Cleary of Sarasota; and grandmother, Lela Fleming of Dittmer, Miss.
Memorial services will be 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at Crystal River United Methodist Church, 4801 N. Citrus Ave., Crystal River. Immediately following the service, we will move to Meadowcrest in Crystal River (just off Hwy. 44) for a military rites tribute at the lake. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Wounded Warrior Project.
The flag still stands for freedom, and they can't take that away…..
Published in Citrus County Chronicle on Jan. 10, 2013