In Loving Memory
Patrick J. McMahon, M.D.
April 12, 1955 - July 22, 2020
Beloved Patrick McMahon died in his sleep Wednesday, July 22, 2020. The kindest and gentlest of men, he was loved by many. Pat decided to leave on his terms in a place he wanted to be – not in a hospital or operating room. His wish was respected. The cause was cardiac complications.
Patrick was born April 12, 1955 in Portland to Fred and Marian McMahon. The youngest of five children, Pat shared this special bond with his identical twin brother, Mark. He often noted he was the youngest (by 5 minutes). Raised first in the Alameda District in Portland, the family moved to Raleigh Hills in the early 60's, where he attended parochial schools through Jesuit High School. Patrick attended the University of Oregon, graduating Phi Beta Kappa in 1977. Pat received his MD from Oregon Health Sciences University in 1981 and completed his residency at the University of Connecticut Health Sciences in Otorhinolaryngology (ENT) in 1986. With an opportunity to move back to Oregon, he jumped at the chance and began his career in medicine as a Physician/Surgeon with Northwest Permanente. Pat briefly went into private practice at the Broadway Clinic in 1988-89 before returning to Kaiser Permanente, admiring this medical model of practice for his specialty of ENT. Pat often commented that the root of the moniker 'physician' is "to teach" – and he loved to teach and inform all willing to listen and learn. His knowledge extended well beyond medicine and science, into economics, culture, and politics. And of course, the proverbial 'fun fact'.
Patrick met the love of his life Cindy Slater at the University of Oregon. They married in 1979 and had three amazing children: Melissa (Tom), Tessa (Casey) and Conor. Pat loved his family fiercely and forever had their backs. He made them better, made them laugh, and made them just. Pat was always present with a story or words of wisdom. He had so many stories that they became numbered as they had been repeated throughout the years. Pat had a tremendous humor and a great ability to turn a phrase succinctly spoken with gentle glee as only the Irish may do. His stories were often accompanied with a good glass of whiskey. Pat was a man you could trust with confidences you could not share with anyone else. A dispenser of heartfelt care and advise.
Pat McMahon loved the outdoors and found his happy place at the family ranch near Trout Lake, Wash. He was as skilled at manual labor as he was with the refined finesse of a surgeon. Pat was persistent and always game. He enjoyed the frustration and delight of golf at Portland Golf Club, a place he grew up caddying at and ultimately becoming a member. He was an amazingly beautiful water skier and snow skier – dancing on water in any form. Pat loved boating and through the forty years of marriage, Pat and Cindy always had a boat. With great times on the Connecticut River and continuing on waterways throughout the Pacific Northwest.
A celebration of Pat's great life will be held at a later date when COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.
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