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Patrick William Laverty


1951 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Patrick William Laverty Obituary
May 22, 1951 - June 24, 2017 Patrick William Laverty died on June 24th in Los Angeles. He was 66. Pat was born in Santa Monica, CA, on May 22, 1951 to Roger Montgomery Laverty, Jr. and Joan Wright Laverty. He spent his childhood there and graduated from Santa Monica High School where he was an elite athlete who excelled in golf and other sports. Pat attended Menlo College and the University of Southern California. Pat married his lifelong companion Georgiana Smith in 1975. They were married for over 42 years, living in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. He is survived by Georgie, his sisters Jan and Mary, his brother Rocky, and his dogs Jack and Charlie. Pat began his business career working for Thriftimart Supermarkets and then Smart & Final. In 1986 he moved to Las Vegas to learn the car business as a salesman and store manager before he bought and successfully ran his own Mazda dealership there. When Pat turned 50 he decided that it was time at last to pursue his dream of becoming a professional golfer. Always an outstanding amateur golfer with a long track record of winning club championships at Los Angeles Country Club and Las Vegas Country Club as well as many other amateur tournaments, he sold his business and worked full time on getting his golf skills to a professional level. In a short period of time he realized his dream by qualifying for and competing in pro golf tournaments on the Senior PGA Tour, including three U.S. Senior Opens. Pat had that unique combination of good humor, determination and charisma that made him a cherished husband, son, brother and close friend. Even when physical issues slowed him down in recent years he relied on his strength of will to keep playing golf and doing all the things he loved. Pat was cremated and will be buried at sea. A memorial celebrating his life is to be announced. In lieu of flowers donations in Pat's memory can be made to The Animal Foundation in Las Vegas. http://animalfoundation.com
Published in the Los Angeles Times from July 13 to July 16, 2017
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