Patricio "Patrick" E. Zamarripa, passed away Thursday, July 7, 2016, in Dallas. Funeral: 11 a.m. Saturday at Wilkerson Greines Athletic Center, 5201 Ca Roberson Blvd., Fort Worth. Interment: Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery. Rosary: 6 p.m. Friday at Wilkerson Greines Athletic Center. Patricio "Patrick" E. Zamarripa was born to Enrique and Valerie Zamarripa on Aug. 15, 1983, in Fort Worth, where he was also raised. He is the second child of three. Patrick graduated from R.L. Paschal High School where he played baseball and played the trumpet in the band. After high school, he joined the U.S. Navy and served his Country valiantly. After three tours in Iraq, he returned home to Fort Worth and answered his calling to law enforcement as a police officer. In 2010, he graduated from the police academy and joined the ranks of the Dallas Police Department. In 2013, he and his soul-mate Kristy, welcomed their beautiful baby girl Lyncoln Rae Zamarripa, to whom Patrick referred to as his "new reason for life." He also loved his stepson, Dylan, whom he called his "Little Buddy." Patrick was an extreme patriot of community, state and country. He had a passion for all things sports and loved to represent his favorite teams. He was so much to so many: a loving father, spouse, son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin, godfather and friend to all. He loved his family and friends with all he had. His passion for life and the love he always gave will live through all who knew him and his legacy will forever carry on in all of our hearts. He was always a protector to many here on earth and will now be our protector in the heavens. Patrick, you are our hero, fly high and soar with the doves. "Remember kid, there are heroes and there are legends. Heroes get remembered, but legends never die, follow your heart kid, and you'll never go wrong..." Patrick was preceded in death by his uncle, Larry "Bebe" Martinez; and grandparents, Agapito Zamarripa and Larry R. Martinez. Survivors: Soul-mate, Kristy Villasenor; daughter, Lyncoln Rae Zamarripa; stepson, Dylan Hoover; parents, Enrique Zamarripa and Valerie Zamarripa; stepmother, Maria Zamarripa; siblings, Laura Zamarripa and Carlos Zamarripa; step-brothers; stepsister; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Published in Star-Telegram on Jul. 14, 2016.