The Creator called Patrick J. Morin Sr. home on Monday, June 4, 2012. Pat fought a brief battle with cancer only to be diagnosed on May 28, 2012.
Pat was born on January 4, 1936, in Belcourt, N.D., to Zelda Gourneau and Joseph Morin. He was a member of the Turtle Mountain Chippewa Tribe and Catholic Church. Pat lived in North Dakota until he was seven years old. His parents divorced and his mother moved to Portland, Ore. Pat attended Chemawa Indian School and graduated from there in 1954. It was at Chemawa that Pat met the love of his life, Beverly Carlson. They were married on July 3, 1954. They made their home in Nespelem, Wash., and have lived there since.
Pat was a man of all trades. He worked at the Nespelem Indian Health Clinic; Biles-Coleman in Omak; Whitelaw Logging (16 years), Colville Tribal Logging and Tomco Construction. He retired in 1998.
Pat loved spending time with family and friends. He enjoyed hunting, golfing, camping, fishing and bowling. He always looked forward to friends and family stopping so he could share the dried deer/elk/moose meat and smoked salmon he prepared.
Pat is survived by his life-long sweetheart of over 58 years Bev; daughter, Jolene (Russ), daughter, Kelly (Greg), son, Patrick, Jr. Pat considered Rich Wippel, Jerry Wippel and Russ Marchand as his sons as well. Grandchildren: Stacie (D.J.), Rhonda (Duke), Rusty (Suzy), Ryan, Gaven (Paula), Katrina, Janessa (Roy), Rhandi, Patrick, III. Great-grandchildren: Jasmyne, Taren, Darius, Keyan, Kamiah, Quincy, Chasity, Gloria, Luke, Lola, Kaden, Zayda, Vika, Jorell and Lucy. Sisters-in-law: Sandy Whiteman and Patsy Sandlin . Brothers-in-law: Wayne Kensler, Jim Sandlin and Jim Gallaher, Sr.
Pat was predeceased by his mother Zelda; stepfather Sid; father Joseph; sister, Bev; son, Bobby; and grandson, Tyler.
A Rosary was held on Friday, June 8, , at 7 p.m. The memorial service was held on Saturday, June 9, at 9 a.m. Both services were held at the Nespelem Community Center. Precht-Harrison-Nearents Chapel and the Okanogan Co. Crematory LLC of Okanogan were in care of the arrangements.