January 16 1946 - March 21 2014
On March 21, 2014 our beloved father, grandfather, husband and friend - Patrick Major, passed in the arms of his family at age 68 at his home in West Salem, Oregon.
Patrick was born January 16th, 1946 in Berkeley California to Virgil and Marjorie Major. He is survived by his wife Karla, his children: Dan & Kristy (and their Kids Jake, Molly & Ben), Jeff, Abe & Shawna (and their kids Kayla, Jenayah, and Brenden), Jordan & Camey (and their kids Jace & Cayden), his brothers Mike, Dave, and Bill, and his first wife, Susan.
Patrick spent 2 years in the army before being honorably discharged, where he earned a National Defense Service Medal, and his Sharpshooter Badge with Rifle bar. He became a substance abuse counselor in California, and made a great difference in the lives of many. Eventually, he was sought out to come to Oregon to become a founding member of the Yamhill County treatment and diversion program, and met his wife Karla of 13 years.
He spent his entire career trying to help those suffering with addiction issues to get the help they needed to get their lives back as he had done. He did not believe in giving up on anyone, and he was able to use his unique and disarming sense of humor to reach people who were considered unreachable.
He was a drummer, and motorcycle rider, and loved flight and flying. While he was never able to become a pilot, for years he built and flew model airplanes as a hobby with his kids and grandkids. He was always trying to bring laughs to everyone around him, and he had a wonderful sense of humor (including his dreaded puns).
He taught us to always love your family and never let them forget it - to always remember to laugh - that you CAN change anything about yourself if you want to badly enough - and that no one is ever beyond saving. We have lost someone wonderful, but all of us are richer for having had him in our lives. He will be greatly missed.
A small graveside service for friends and family will be held at 11am on Saturday March 29th at the Dallas Cemetery in Dallas Oregon. A Celebration Of Life service will be held later this year - on July 12th at 11 am in the Dallas City Park Gazebo in Dallas Oregon.