Patrick John Thomason
"The man, the myth, the legend"
1952 – 2019
Patrick John Thomason was born in Nampa, Idaho, on November 2, 1952, to Charles and Carol Thomason, the third of four brothers. He passed away on October 25, 2019, from pulmonary fibrosis—16 months after being diagnosed.
Patrick graduated from Capital High School in 1970 where he played both baseball and football. He earned his B.A. in Communication from Boise State University where he served as Communications Director for the ASBSU student body. Together with his brother, Jim, he coached youth football for a decade. He continued his athletic passion to competitive softball, golf with his father and brothers, and most recently, ping pong. While Pat was a good golfer, he was a terrible bettor and unfortunately, all family members took advantage of that. Needless to say, Patrick bought many beers for his dad and brothers.
His early career experience included a stint with the Boise Area Chamber of Commerce. Following that he worked for 14 years with St. Luke's Hospital as the Director of Marketing. It was his fondest professional experience; in particular, working with Rita Ryan and Brenda Foster. In the mid-90's he shifted his professional focus and became a real estate appraiser working for over six years for Knipe and Knipe doing commercial appraisal of everything from farms to high rise office properties. In 2001, he suffered a major stroke that changed his life considerably. He spent nearly two years recovering and, through much hard work, regained all his strength and abilities. Following his recovery, he spent 12 years as an assessing appraiser at the Ada County Assessor's Office from which he retired in late 2018.
Patrick married Lynn Bowen in 1983 and they were married for many years. Pat welcomed Lynn’s young son, Seth Horwitz, and became Seth’s stepfather. In August of 1986, Patrick and Lynn welcomed their daughter, Cortney, into the world. For the last nine-plus years Patrick and his significant other, Ellen Jones, enjoyed a cozy and happy life together. Patrick and Ellen loved to travel and had many wonderful trips both in the states and abroad. One of his favorite trips was to Ireland with Ellen; he talked at length about how much that trip meant to him.
Patrick was a loving father, brother, grandpa, friend, and all-around great person. The type of guy that would not only give you the shirt off his back, but he'd ensure it was dry cleaned with extra money in the pocket. Someone who put everyone else around him above himself. His direction, wisdom, and ability to have the answers for any situation were second to none. From sporting events, choir concerts, to military promotions, Patrick was his family's biggest fan. He had an unwavering passion for helping his grandkids excel in anything they wanted to be—without reservation. From getting them extra lessons in whatever their hearts desired, to spending long, hot days at Roaring Springs, his devotion to leaving lasting memories with them will carry on forever. He attended every sporting event he could—even if it required flying across the country. He was the first in the stands, and often the loudest. His love for his granddaughters Mackenzie and Alexa is a mark that most grandparents will never touch, and his grandsons Teagen and Brayden had a coach on life; helping them grow as young men. They will cherish these memories always.
As the undisputed cribbage champion, Patrick taught his daughter and son-in-law many lessons in life. And while the simple game of cribbage seems small, his ability to take a small game and turn it into open conversations on life and problem solving will never be forgotten. Patrick was Cortney's biggest fan. He pushed her to better herself, picked her up when she was down, and would use his witty humor to cheer her up in the direst situations. He was her guiding light on life, education, parenting, and how to be a great human being. And seeing her graduate from his Alma Mater was a highlight in his life. Her husband, Andrew, was like a son to him. As Cortney would often jokingly say, Andrew is the son that she couldn't be. He took Andrew in like one of his own, taking solace in his unwavering love for his daughter. And one thing that brought peace to Patrick is knowing that Andrew would always take care of his little girl.
Patrick's love for Ellen was an unexpected gift. As he would say, "My Sweets," Ellen was his world. They were adventure companions, and even though Patrick had a rough side to the unexpected, Ellen was the person for him—taking his quirks and running with them. She was the balance that Patrick needed in life. From excursions deep in Mexico, to the pubs in Ireland, and the road to Hana, Ellen opened the world up to Patrick. She helped him explore and be adventurous. She was his battle buddy through his sickness—attending meetings, talking to doctors, and championing for him at every step in the road. He brought Ellen into everyone's lives, giving the kids a remarkable role model, grandma, and cheerleader that will continue Patrick's legacy of caring unremittingly for his family.
To say Patrick will be missed cannot be overstated. The good memories he blessed us with, and the character and quality of a man he instilled in his son-in-law and grandsons will guide them through life. He was a role model, mentor, and all-around good guy. Patrick had an absolutely unrelenting sense of humor; one of a kind. He never met a stranger. Patrick always insisted that his hair was a window into who he was. The style? was Patrick’s alone. He was a huge movie fan and loved music, attending concerts with Ellen, and turning anything in the fridge into a burrito. His mustache and his dimples were his trademarks and his charm. He was loyal, true and kind. He was a good man and he will be missed deeply, by many, for years to come.
He was preceded in death by his parents Charles and Carole. He is survived by his daughter, Cortney (Andy) Phillips, his stepson Seth (Kathryn) Horwitz, grandchildren Teagen, Mackenzie, Alexa, Brayden, Chris, and three brothers Tom (Sandy), Jeff (Christy), and Jim (Pam), and his companion, Ellen Jones.
Patrick's daughter, Cortney, said it best, “this rollercoaster of a journey over the past year has taught me one thing. That is if you are not a donor, please consider becoming one. So many people and their families are staring at the phone for days and weeks praying that their loved ones will be spared.”
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