Funeral: 1 p.m. May 1, at Adams Funeral Home, Nixa. A visitation was held one hour prior to service. Burial followed at Eisenhour Cemetery, Spokane.
Donald Eugene Patrick went to be with the Lord, Sunday, April 28, 2019, two hours after his 89th birthday. He was born April 27, 1930, in Spokane, the oldest of four boys born to James and Evelyn Davis Patrick.
Donald worked in Rocky Ford, Colorado at the sugar beet factory before he and Evelyn June Abbey married Jan. 26, 1951. He then worked seasonally with the Missouri Conservation Commission. Later, he, Evelyn and the three oldest of their five children traveled to the mountains near Granby, Colorado, where they lived in a cabin on the mountain where he logged for a time. He spent another part of two years working in the sugar beet factory, before coming home to Missouri to work full-time with the Missouri Conservation Commission. He worked over 40 years in the Forestry Department driving a bulldozer, fighting fires and traveling to fight fires in other states. Don retired in 1995. He was caretaker and on the board of the Eisenhour Cemetery for 40 plus years until health caused him to pass his duties onto a younger generation.
After retirement, Don and Evelyn traveled visiting most of the states. In the western states, he loved to explore. In the eastern states, he researched family genealogy of his great-grandfather, John Patrick, who came from Virginia and homesteaded the land where he lived. He and Evelyn spent a few winters in McAllen, Texas, occasionally taking short trips to Mexico, before age and health demanded he stay closer to home. Donald accepted the Lord as his Savior and was a member of the Spokane First Baptist Church.
Donald is survived by his wife, Evelyn; five children, Pam Cope (O.D.), Mike Patrick (Linda), Tracy Maples (Gene), Kelly Patrick (Gwen) and Karen Baker. He is also survived by eleven grandchildren; Glen, David and Matthew Cope, Michael and Daniel Patrick, Tina Malinowski, Lee Maples, Jeremiah Patrick, Tyra Boice, Randa Willis and Ashley Cutbirth; 17 great-grandchildren; and his brother, Junior Patrick (Mary Jane).
Donald was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Danny Lee and Bob; an infant sister; and his son-in-law, Randy Baker.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM Wednesday, May 1, in Adams Funeral Home, Nixa. A visitation will be held from 12:00 noon to 1:00 PM prior to the service in the funeral home.