Obituary: Patrick George Rathbun
Ryan Summerlin April 2, 2014
Patrick George Rathbun, passed away after a lengthy struggle through Parkinson’s. After a valiant fight, Patrick eventually lost his battle and will be missed dearly by all those who had the privilege of knowing and loving him. “Our Patrick” was taken too soon from us all but is finally at peace.
Patrick’s brave journey leaves behind Deloris, the love of his life and three, much loved wonderful sons: Vincent, Steven and Todd, and Grandchildren Tahna, Patrick, and Magnus Rathbun. He was born on September 12, 1939 to father Norman Haig Rathbun and mother Rose Gladys Landis in Oakland, California and was a beloved brother to his sister Kathy and brother Skip. Patrick married Deloris Swank in 1958 who was his High School sweetheart. Their marriage of over 55 years was a beautiful journey that began when Patrick worked as a young man in his father’s produce business.
He went on to train and receive his certification as a firefighter in 1968 and began his career first with Compton, Ca, then on to Los Angeles County Fire Department belonging to Firefighters 1014 IAFF Los Angeles County, and one of the first firefighters certified as a paramedic, and finally Captain of LACFD.
During Patrick’s dedicated career, he raised his family in Southern California while all the time finding a great love for life and adventure, whether it was competitive sailing a 40 ft. Catamaran or teaching his sons to love the Pacific Ocean on a 16 ft. Hobie Cat, to speeding around Lake Tahoe in his Donzi. Parlaying his love for skiing, he gave his service on the National Ski Patrol and was a Ski Instructor for Diamond Peak and Heavenly Valley.
Patrick always gave his best in life; from loving his family, keeping Los Angeles County safe from fire, and enjoying the great outdoors. He was an avid golfer, getting his first and last hole-in-one at Dayton Valley Golf Course in 2011. He was a lover of wildlife, and enjoyed a good hunt.
Among the many gifts that Patrick shared with this world, his contribution as an accomplished artist is remarkable. His forte was drawing and painting. Patrick’s notable talent was shown in representation of classic automobiles, boats and mechanics. While his distinguished artistry was well received, Patrick was always the first to donate his works for charities and fund raisers.
Patrick George Rathbun retired as Captain of LACFD in 1995. He then moved to Incline Village with his wife Deloris and eventually settled in Dayton, Nevada. Our beloved “Patrick” will forever remain in our hearts.
With him, we share all the love, laughter and deep remembrance as he leaves with us, a beautiful wife, three sons, three grandchildren, brother and sister, sister-in-laws, brother-in-laws, nieces and nephews. We will all miss him dearly.
His family will be planning a gathering in the near future to celebrate his life.