Patrick Vaughan
Los Osos Valley Mortuary
2260 Los Osos Valley Road
Los Osos, CA
Patrick Vaughan James Patrick Vaughan, 68, ascended to a better life on February 6, 2015 after a six month struggle with lung cancer. Pat was born in Yuma, Arizona in May, 1946. His father was a locomotive engineer on the Southern Pacific Railroad, whose promotions caused the family to move to towns in Texas, California and Oregon. One of these was San Luis Obispo, which later became Pat's home. After serving in the Marine Corps for three years in the 1960s, Pat followed in his father's and grandfather's footsteps and became an engineer for Southern Pacific. For forty years he worked in that capacity or as a supervisor of engineers. After retiring in 2006, Pat enjoyed traveling to many foreign lands, as well as motorcycle touring on his Harley in the U.S. He was predeceased by his parents; his second wife, Gabrielle; daughter, Sacha and son, Patrick. Pat is survived by his daughter, Brianna; son, James; grandsons, Jacob and Jonathan; brother, Rich (Janie); sister-in-law, Tanya; nephew, Ren, and partner, Susan. He will be deeply missed by his family and by his many friends. Visitation will be from 1:00pm to 4:00pm on February 20 at Los Osos Valley Mortuary and Memorial Park in Los Osos, followed by a Memorial Service at 11:00am on February 21 at Mt. Carmel Lutheran Church in San Luis Obispo and a Graveside Service at 2:30pm at Los Osos Valley Memorial Park. Sign his guestbook at
Published by San Luis Obispo County Tribune on Feb. 15, 2015.
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In memory of a special guy. You would be 69yrs. This May 1st. Miss ya Pat..
Gail Borgman
April 30, 2015
Pat you were a kind and loving man.
Always willing to help anyone in need. Our prayers are with your family and loved ones.
Lyn & Darryl Whaley
February 18, 2015
I was a brakemen/conductor with the SP when Pat was an SP officer at West Colton and Yuma. In the days before cell phone and centralized dispatchers if a loved one wanted information about your location they would call you're a-way-from home terminal. One day my mom called Yuma yard office to inquire about me. Pat was the SP official at the time and answered the phone .. hence began a chat between my boss and my mom. From that day on whenever I saw Pat his first words were call your mom and my reply was she says hi. Rest in peace Pat.
Larry Lindgren
February 18, 2015
I worked with Pat's wife, Gabrielle, years ago when they were first married and living in San Luis Obispo. I will always remember both of them as wonderful people. They were a joy to be around.
Mary-Ann Maloof
February 17, 2015
One of the great Engineers that I had the pleasure to work and learn from with my Time at SLO with the UP. Pat was one of the best engineers from the GREAT SP of learning.
Rick Palato
February 17, 2015
Pat and I weren't close, but I learned what kind of guy he was. We went to dinner together at Gene's in Yuma. When we left, there was a guy asking for money. Pat ask him if he was hungry, then took him into the restaurant and bought him dinner. He was a wonderful Christian man. I'm glad I had a chance to know him.
Stephen Krage
February 17, 2015
Thank you for gifting me one of my best friends-Bri. I know you and Bri shared a very special father/daughter friendship that only one could hope for.
I will cherish our conversations, laughter and your positive outlook on life up to the moment we were able to say goodbye. YOU ARE DEEPLY MISSED AND LOVED!
Tara Pennington
February 17, 2015
What a sense of humor and fun to be around and smart too! Rest in peace Patrick in the arms of your Lord. Gail Lee Borgman
gail borgman
February 17, 2015
Pat we weren't good friends but you were a fair person as road foreman in Yuma. I am sorry you are gone. Rest in peace.
Cliff Titus
February 16, 2015
Pat, we ran around a lot together on the old San Joaquin Division and spoke to a lot of people, you were always kind, friendly and a teacher at heart. Semper Fidelis Jarhead, I'll be along for the change of guard at Heaven's gates.
Bill Deskin
February 16, 2015
We had conversations about Heaven last year. I didn't know then about the Serious health condition that took your life. WE both agreed we were "ready to go" and we're looking forward to reuniting with our families. We even described what we thought Heaven looked like. Now you know and I know you're no longer in chronic pain. Condolences to your family who will miss you so much!
Linda McLain
February 16, 2015
Pat so sorry for your suffering and departure from us, but we know you are in the presence of our Savior Jesus Christ and now you are experiencing what every believer craves to be after our short time on earth. Give Don Fauset a big hug for all us railroaders and we will see you on the other side!
kenny Clark
February 16, 2015
I've known you for over 38 years, you were one of the best, and you will be missed!
George Todd
February 16, 2015
Pat I met you, you were the RFE at Yuma. Became your friend there.You were one of the best RFE's I ever worked with in my 48 years on the RR. Always fair and honest in your dealings with people. I will miss you but now you are in a better place. RIP my friend.
Tom Kerby
February 16, 2015
I will always remember you as one of the good guys. A great engineer, smart, kind and funny. Working with you at SP was always a pleasure. Rest in peace, Pat.
Karen Monarch
February 16, 2015
Rick Bacon
February 15, 2015
RIP PAT FRED and dianne parrott retired train dispatchers eugene or.
February 15, 2015
Pat you were a long time friend and a role model. I will miss your presence and good natured attitude toward life. RIP and I hope we meet again on the other side of this life.
Peace and prayers to your family.
Jerry Keyser
February 15, 2015
I will always remember the guidance you provided me when I was a new engineer on the coast and the friendship in good times and bad. Peace my friend.
Tom Siembieda
February 15, 2015
I am at a loss for words. I literally grew up with him as a teenager starting on the railroad which was almost forty-eight years ago.
Palmer Hewlett
February 15, 2015
Pat, you are missed! You were a true friend to my Father and I as well, working on the railroad. Rest in peace Brother.
Larry Todd
February 15, 2015
You will live in mine and Randy's heart forever. Kind, fun and loving friends are hard to find. You will be missed by many.
Until we meet again.
Ruth Schneider
February 15, 2015
Goodbye Patrick. You were one helluva railroader and it was my great pleasure to be able to work with you for several years. I'm going to miss you and our periodic telephone chats.
William J. Neill
February 15, 2015
oh, pat, you were so very brave. rest in peace now.
cathy johnson
February 15, 2015
Pat lit the candle on his desk every morning.
Susan Hay
February 15, 2015
I didn't even know you were sick. Thank God for Susan and your travels. I'll miss you.

February 15, 2015
Pat my old friend, you will be missed, you were a true friend and I enjoyed each and every time we worked together.
I'm gonna miss your smile and good nature, rest in peace my friend.
Tommy Negrete
February 15, 2015
My love, I miss you and always will. Our good times together were a blessing. Until we meet again, rest in peace forever and ever.
Susan Hay
February 15, 2015
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