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June 18, 2018
I've known the Welch Family for a long, long time (well over 60 years)! As children, in the early 1950s, we grew up together and lived on the same street in San Jose, California. My Paternal Grandparents (The Bryants) owned several acres adjoining Coyote Creek, east Santa Clara Street, and Calhoun Court (off of South 19th). Grandpa, grandma, many aunts, uncles, and cousins all lived on this propertyjust two houses from the Welch's. Around that era Our Gang, and The Little Rascals. The kids on Calhoun Court grew up together and played together. Much later, we called ourselves the Calhoun Court Gang! I believe it may have been Patrick that coined the phrase.

There was always something to do or experience on that property. Patrick, his brother Terry, myself, my brother Terry, my cousins, and neighbors played tag, hide-and-seek, rode our bikes, and played in Coyote Creek. At the creek, we caught fish but mostly craw dads with kernels of corn. Sometimes we would slide down the old creek bank on cardboard--many times almost landing in the creek! What a great childhood we all enjoyed together. I remember our parents (mostly our mothers) taking turns to make us sandwiches and snacks to eat outdoors. Sometimes Patrick being the eldest made us all sandwiches.

Our friendship has lasted well over 60 years, and we have stayed connected! Many times Patrick and Terry would join in, whether it be a Christmas Holiday family breakfast, a funeral, or a birthday celebration. When Patrick met and married Deborah, we were so happy for them. Sometimes Deborah joined us for family celebrations and at times Angela and Evan (step children).

On Saturday, June 16th, I along with some of my family, attended the Celebration of Life for Patrick. It was a beautiful celebration in his honor. I met many of his coworkers, friends and relatives.

As I knew Patrick, he was always a kind and a gentle soul. My family and I have been blessed to know him, and will miss him dearly.

Heartfelt and deepest sympathy to his wife Deborah, step children Angela and Evan, and brother Terrence.

Denelle, Terry, Edna Mae and family
June 16, 2018
How well I remember rooming with you at UCSB long ago, first as a Kappa Sigma Bro, and later as, simply, good friends. Such nice memories I have of you when we served together at UCSB's ROTC Program. You were always a fine mentor! And then, many years later, having the wonderful opportunities to reflect together on our time and experiences in Vietnam. Bro, these are memories I'll never forget and will gratefully take to my grave. Your time, Pat, was too bloody early. You will, forever, rest in His peace in my soul. AEKDB, Jerry
June 13, 2018
I know Patrick from Gateway church. I met him about 3 years ago at a men's get-together and I remembered thinking he was someone I wanted to get to know. A while later, I was helping facilitate a men's Bible study which Patrick attended. In short order I found myself striking up a friendship with him. He didn't speak a lot, but when he did it was full of truth and zeal for the things of God, bundled in a humility that was rare and disarming.

Whenever I ran into him, he always asked how I was and offered to pray for me. I could always see in his eyes that he was one of the few who really meant it. Reading about his life, I find myself wishing that I would have shut my mouth and listened more, and just spent some more time with him and getting to know him.

He was always so passionate for the things of God, and wanting to make the most of what he had to serve God and help other people. His desire was to serve Jesus, and to do whatever He told him in his Word, no matter the cost.

Many wonder whether and how much of an impact they have made in this world. Patrick should have no such worries. I have cried a lot this week for a lost friend, although I'll see him again. He will continue to be an inspiration to me until that day, and I consider myself blessed to have been able to call him my friend.
June 12, 2018
Pat was one of my best friends in high school at Bellarmine. I kept in touch with him and his brother, Terry, all through the years even though life took us in different directions and to different places. The bottom line is that Pat was truly an upstanding person and an all-around good guy to everyone. Our Deepest Sympathy goes out to his entire Family.