Patricia Ruth Bartz "Pat" Sheya
1928 - 2019
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Patricia 'Pat' Ruth Bartz Sheya
1928 ~ 2019
Pat passed away Jan 31, 2019 in Davis, California after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Pat was born November 25th, 1928 in Honolulu, Hawaii to a military family. Her childhood was filled with many travels to the next army base with her sister Barbie and mother Anita where her father Frederick Ralph Bartz was going to be stationed. These moves involved two trips through the Panama Canal, ferries to Chilkoot Barraks in Haines Alaska, and several cross country drives to forts in Plattsburgh NY, San Diego CA and Salt Lake City, UT among others.
Pat met her future husband, Leon R. Sheya, while skiing at Brighton Ski Resort, Utah. Leon and Pat married in 1950. Those two managed hunting and fishing trips, boating, water skiing, whitewater rafting, motorcycling on dirt roads into back country, and camping trips all while their family grew from 2 to 5 children. They just bought more sleeping bags, and a bigger boat.
Pat pursued her own passions as well - as an artist, a seamstress, and an activist to name a few.
Pat and Leon built a house in Mexico in 1985 overlooking San Carlos Bay after Leon retired. There they lived Fall through Spring, returning to SLC, to their beloved canyon home of 60 years for the summer months. They loved Mexico. The people and the adventures it held. Pat would scuba dive solo while Leon fished off their boat waiting for her to bring up dinner on her spear, or in her "goody bag"-- which could contain beautiful shells or old anchors and fishing tackle she scavenged from the bottom.
They were happily married for 55 years until Leon's passing in 2005.
After Leon's death Pat continued her journey to Mexico on her own and learned how to manage the boat and continue their lifestyle.
Amazingly independent, she continued her adventures well into her 80's including scuba diving (age 84), river running (age 86), ocean fishing (catching her biggest fish at age 86), hiking and off-roading.
She is survived by her children - Richard, Sharon, Paul, Sue Anne and Cynthia - 8 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, and her younger sister Barbie, survive Pat. There will be a private gathering of family and friends April 13th, 2019, 10:00am at Cemetery followed by a celebration of Pat's life at Salt Lake Culinary Education, 2233 South 300 East from 11:00am to 2:00pm.
Pat Sheya - A Remarkable Woman. You truly made a difference in many lives and made something happen every day. You will be remembered.

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Published in Deseret News from Mar. 31 to Apr. 11, 2019.
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March 26, 2020
I will miss her forever! This morning I picked up her metal recipe box, stuffed full of newspaper recipes, her hand written recipes, recipes from boxes and recipes from friends. They're all faded now. I removed one typed for chippy franks, hot dogs, coated in mayonnaise, rolled in potato chips and grilled. I can't throw the recipe box out! Maybe later, not today. Sorry Mom, not today.
Sheri Sheya
March 25, 2020
A year may have past, but you have never been forgotten! Everyday I want to call or send an email! You were and always will be a special lady and most of all a very special friend!! I know you are looking down at all those ladies down in San Carlos as they do their weekly hikes wishing you could be there! Love you always
Barb and Kia
Barb Kroll
May 21, 2019
I'm upset to learn of Pat's passing. She was my neighbor in Emigration Canyon for Several years. My family always looked forward to her return from Mexico. My husband would help her unload her truck and she would reward us with fish she caught. She was one of the nicest people I've ever met. I cannot put it into words.
Valerie Moody
April 11, 2019
Dear Pat,

One of the things I will always remember is your smile and laugh - even during the very last hours of your life.

Your determination and perseverance inspired me to continue the fight for the place you loved.

Your legacy will continue.

- Mark Christopher Tracy
Mark Tracy
April 10, 2019
Laurie Nelson-Barker
April 9, 2019
Dear Pat ...May God bless you on your new journey. We touched each other lives even though it wasn't often . Now only one Bartz left (me) ! I hope to reach 90 but the cancers are hard to beat. My best wishes to the family . Your sister, Barb
Barbara Dickinson
April 3, 2019
Pat and Sheri in San Carlos - Lunch together!
Sheri Sheya
April 1, 2019
A wonderful lady who knew how to live life to the fullest, we will miss her here in San Carlos.
Ali Boyle
March 31, 2019
Pat and dorothy Long time good friends miss them both
Mickey Uhlman
March 31, 2019
Having lunch in San Carlos
Mickey Uhlman
March 30, 2019
Pat was an inspiration to all of us in mexico
Meryl Lingard
March 30, 2019
My past husband and I met Pat in San Carlos, where we rented a house just down the street . Never did we think we would meet such a vibrant, athletic, social person like Pat. Such a wonderful charsimatic person. Many times her and my husband dove together, and he always said you don't mess with Pat, she means business.
Many Christmas eves on her deck watching the boat parade!
Pat you are a legend in your time. I will never forget your trip up Tetakawi for your 80 birthday. Pushed you up the last bit, sorry for getting so personal pushing on your butt, we made it with several ladies and shared champagne !
You are one of a kind and will never be forgotten. San Carlos has lost a icon! Safe travels my friend and hope you meet Rip up there and reminisce the good days!!!
Condolences to your family.
Barb Kroll and our dog Kia
Barb Kroll
March 30, 2019
My only memories of Pat are from Mexico and they are unforgettable. My Mexico experience was so enhanced having Pat in my life.
Toni Boyer
Bellfountain, OR.
Toni Boyer
March 30, 2019
For several years a visit to San Carlos, Mexico wasn't complete until seeing Pat, whether it be at her home, somewhere for breakfast, or at the home of a mutual friend. Three years ago I traveled with Pat, Ann Reynolds and two of her friends from WA to the Copper Canyon. We did the train and had five nights on this trip and I have some wonderful photos, several of Pat. I won't soon forget this fantastic lady with that wonderful smile. From observation she lived life to the fullest and will be missed.
John Brooks
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