Patrick James Carlin

  • "We miss you but we know you're in a better place now."
    - Trisha Knaak
  • "Dad will be greatly missed by all his family and friends.I..."
    - carolina moreno
  • "Much memories being neighbors ! Thank you for always being..."
    - Lori Reynolds
  • "I love you Dad. Missing you lots."
    - Phylis Carlin
  • "Sorry for your loss. Will miss Pat and the computer..."
    - Eric Webb

He passed away peacefully at home with his wife and a son by his side on January 28, 2014 at the age of 83. He is survived by wife Erlinda, daughters Carolina Moreno, Phylis Buchner, and Susan; sons Alan and James; grandchildren Jade and Nicholas Moreno, Bre, Casey, Jacey, Julianna, and Jacob.

Patrick was born in Venice Beach, CA on March 17, 1930 and lived in Torrance for most of his youth. He served in the U.S. Army from 1948 through 1964 and was part of the Army intelligence. While studying at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center in Monterey, he chose to learn Vietnamese. When the Vietnam War began, he was one of the first Americans to be sent to Vietnam. Eventually, he was stationed in the Philippines (PI) where he met his future wife. After retiring from the Army, he and his wife purchased beach front property on Cabalitian Island in Luzon, PI and ran a small resort for a few years. On the island, three of his children were born. In 1974, he moved his family to California, eventually settling in Goleta in 1975. After he retired in 1993 as a Finance/Accounting Manager, he and his wife travelled to and from their island property, spending months at a time during the year there until 2011. In 1999, they moved from Goleta to Lakeside, CA.

Patrick was extraordinarily gifted in math and had a passion for solving complex puzzles and math problems. He spent many years during his spare time decoding the biggest puzzle he ever encountered-the one noted in the Revelation 13: 18 of the Bible. You can read about his findings online at and in book form in the near future.

He was a loving, brilliant, funny, giving, inspirational, and compassionate human being. He will be greatly missed by family and friends. His family wishes to extend a heartfelt thanks to his caregivers at Kaiser Hospice in San Diego for their exceptional care of Patrick during the last few months of his life. A private memorial service took place on Feb. 13 in Lakeside.

Published in The Santa Barbara News-Press Online Edition from Mar. 2 to Mar. 6, 2014
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