Pat's first love was his family. He met the love of his life, Lt. Norma Rochetti, in 1945 at Camp Cook, Ca. They were married for 68 years. He is survived by his loving wife and his children Noreen Blonien, Patricia Sandbach (husband Matt), and Robert Malone (wife Jill). He was the loving grandfather to nine grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. Pat grew up in Kansas City, Missouri with one brother and two sisters. Upon graduation from high school, he bravely served in World War II. Corporal Patrick Malone fought his way into Dachau Concentration Camp on the morning of April 26, 1945. He was part of General Patton's 20th Armored, 27th Battalion, Company "C" leading a column of tanks toward liberation of over 32,000 prisoners who were saved from the hands of the Nazis. Pat was also a successful businessman with great entrepreneurial spirit. He founded, owned and operated Malone Hardware for 40 years. In 1982, Pat was diagnosed with macular degeneration and became blind. Instead of being disheartened, Pat became refocused and rejuvenated. He enrolled in junior college and attended classes. His passion for life served as an inspiration to so many others. Pat was constantly reaching out to others, inquiring what they needed and finding ways to help them. His compassion was limitless. Pat would say, "I always wanted to give people a hand up, not a hand out." He was an advocate for others. He served as Governor's Appointment on the California Rehabilitation Board, and as President of the Coddingtown Lions Club. As an active parishioner at St. Rose Catholic Church, he initiated the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry. He organized several reunions for those in his tank company, rekindling brotherhood. Pat Malone lived life to the fullest with humor, kindness and compassion. Funeral services will be held at St. Rose Catholic Church, 398 10th Street Santa Rosa, CA on Thursday May 8 at 10:00 a.m. Private interment to follow reception. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the St. Rose St. Vincent de Paul 398 Tenth St. Santa Rosa, CA 95401 or to the Tijuana Ministry at 55 Norton Ave. San Jose, CA. 95126, a house will be built in Pat's honor. SANTA ROSA MORTURY EGGEN AND LANCE CHAPEL, 545-3747.
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