Raymond Dean Patrick, 64, passed away at the Veterans’ Home in Yountville on May 4, 2020. Born on July 15, 1955, he was a third-generation Auburn native. He spent most of his 64 years in Placer County where he leaves many family members and friends.
Raymond was preceded in death by his parents, John and Margaret Patrick, and brother Charles Patrick. His father, John, a Korean War veteran, joined Raymond at the Veterans’ Home in 2014 where they continued their strong bond until John’s death in June of 2018.
For five years following his graduation from Placer High School in 1974, Ray served as a firefighter for the California Department of Forestry. He then entered the United States Army and served for six years, becoming a Combat Engineer/Demolition Expert. For ten years following his Army discharge, he did landscape work. Ray was then employed as a Machine Operator, making precision metal components for a number of companies in the Loomis area. While a Machine Operator, he took a number of extended leaves to travel, with his friend and a dog, to pan gold in wilderness areas. It should be noted that he really liked dogs. When he learned that the could not bring his dog to Yountville, it was almost a deal-breaker.
Ray moved to the Veterans’ Home in November of 2012 where he remained until his death.
Raymond was a thoughtful and cordial man. He enjoyed the solitude he found in the outdoors. He found bureaucratic processes to be somewhat overwhelming. He liked medical doctors as people, but did not like to see them for his own medical needs. For years, Raymond had a seriously disabling hernia that he did not address. During the year prior to his coming to Yountville, he finally signed up for veterans’ medical benefits and had the hernia treated. He had not visited a dentist in years and was down to a very limited number of teeth. He had dentures made and the man, once regarded as solemn, began to smile a lot.
During his later years at the Veterans’ Home, Ray was responsible for administering the residents’ garden program. When residents became unable to maintain their plot, he would perform the heavier work that allowed them to enjoy their gardens for another year or two. He warm and generous nature touched many Home residents and staff.
The Yountville Veteran’s Home has been a paradise for Raymond. It greatly reduced the stress that he had experienced for years prior to entry. There was a supportive brotherhood of veterans and he could engage in activities he truly loved. Each day he was thankful for the warm support of residents and staff.
Friends are invited to attend a Ceremony of Remembrance in honor of Raymond at the Yountville Veterans Home in Yountville. Date and time to be decided when pandemic sanctions have been lifted. To honor his wishes, Raymond will be inurned at the Yountville Veterans Home Cemetery located in Yountville. Inquires can be made to Windsor Healdsburg Mortuary at 707.838.6000 or by visiting whcmortaury.com.
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