Patrick Lanctot passed away on Dec. 25, 2013, at his home in Chiloquin, Ore., where he had lived for over 14 years.
Pat was born in 1940 in Eureka, Calif., and later lived and attended school in Bakersfield, Calif.
He was a veteran of the Vietnam War
, serving as a hospital corpsman. After his service, he located to Southern California, where he became a private pilot and instructor. Over the years, Pat worked in the aerospace industry, for a carpet manufacturer, and in retail sales before he started his own computer sales and service business.
When he moved to Chiloquin with his wife, Carol, he used his computer skills to help his friends and neighbors. In addition, he used his talents to design and manage the Chiloquin website and designed a camera security system for the town.
Pat was an inveterate volunteer for the community. He worked at Train Mountain, assisting in the design and building of structures for the train line in addition to whatever else was needed. He also volunteered for the Chiloquin Volunteer Ambulance Service, acting as a driver and responder and using his corpsman's training.
In addition to his volunteer work, he did woodworking and made wonderful candles. All of his efforts were done with precision and care.
After he began his cancer treatment, he and his dog, Shasta, trained to be a handler and therapy dog as members of Pet Partners. He and Shasta visited patients at Sky Lakes Medical Center and the Cancer Treatment Center. They also worked with kids at the Juvenile Treatment Facility. He and Shasta continued as long as his health permitted.
Pat is survived by his wife, Carol Lanctot, and his step-children, Kathryn and Geoffrey Odell. His neighbors join with Carol, Kathryn and Geoffrey in mourning his passing while also celebrating his life.
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