I have a sad and heavy heart while writing this email but on the other hand have nothing but good, fond memories of the time spent with Pat. Last night Pat passed away in his sleep. Lupe was at his bedside when Pat lost his fight with cancer. We all know what a courageous battle he fought for over 2 years. The average person would of gave up a long time ago. We all know how many friends he has make over the 40 plus years he lived in Las Vegas. I once told Pat he has touched and helped hundreds of people during the time I have known him, I am one those persons. In 1986 while coming back from Lake Powell, Donoho said “Ellis you are drinking too much, you need to take a good look at yourself”, so I decided to see if could quit drinking, a week turned into a month and guess what it has been over 25 years, Pat was definitely proud of my decision. If it wasn’t for Pat’s concern I probably would have been dead years ago or shot by Sandy.
Pat was called to Heaven to fish a bass tournament with Fred Kunkle, Oakie and Don Lee this way no one could be called “Grumpy”. Probably the first thing Pat said to the Lord was “he wasn’t on fish”, the Lord would respond by saying, he didn’t have to worry as he was in his hands now. We won’t know who won the tournament until we are with him ( some of us might not see him). One of Pat’s sayings was “Growing Old Is Not For Sissies” this was on a mirror at the Plush Horse, he said he finally understood what it met when he got sick.
I won’t be able to name and thank all of Pat’s friends but wanted to mention a few that helped Lupe and the family especially the last couple of months; JR Robinson, Don Iglinski, Hans, Mark Nicolette, Gary Dobyns, Lying Lenny, Vern Price, John Gibbs, Fred Ward there is countless others and you know who you are. Sorry if I missed your name.
A big thanks to Hank who was one of Pat’s oldest and closest friends since 1966, he and his wife would visit or call every day. I only met Hank a couple of times before Pat got sick but I have never met a person that shared his love for another person like he did. My friendship with Hank will continue (unless he tries to get me to take Pat’s place at his poker game). I have attached an email from Gary Dobyns sharing his memories and love for Pat. Our big tough hero is a bigger Teddy Bear than me.
Lupe wanted to thank everyone for their thoughts, prayer, emails, cards, phone calls and taking time to visit. Don’t feel bad or guilty if you didn’t get the chance to see Pat before he passed away, this is the way he wanted it.
We are planning an event at Callville Bay to visit with friends and share stories about Pat, I will let you know when we come up with a date. Randy and Kim Roundtree are working with the National Park Service to see if a tree can be planted in his memory. Bump Elliott has been kind enough to volunteer to say a few words at Pat’s celebration of life. We would of asked Lying Lenny but he might tell a lie. If you have a special memories you want to share please let me know or call Bump on his cell phone at 1.702.622.1616. There will be lunch served afterwards.
He will dearly be missed by all of us, John and Tammy Morrow said in an text: Pat is pain free, cancer free and in a better place. I want to close by thanking Lupe for putting up with all the years I fished with Pat. Betty, Maria, Mathew, Pat Jr. and Mike (Pat’s kids) gave all their love and attention during his illness.
Bob & Sandy Ellis