George Matthew Patrick was born March 16, 1933 in Centralia Washington, to John T. and Eunice M. (Bland) Patrick. The family moved to the city of Hoquiam and later moved to a small farm on the East Hoquiam Road. George attended school in Hoquiam and graduated from Wishkah and Hoquiam High School. George was a member of the Boy Scouts where he attained Eagle Scout status on April 12th, 1949. On February 6th, 1954 George married the love of his life Pearl Locke. They were married from this date to the time of her passing in March 2004. George served in the Navy (1951-1955) where the couple spent the early part of their marriage stationed in Hawaii. Their first son, George Jr. was born in Honolulu.
After serving his time in the Navy they returned to Aberdeen, and civilian life, George worked at Blagen’s sawmill (1955-1961) in Hoquiam and Pearl worked in various Chinese restaurants. During those years they bore three more children, daughter Kim, and twin sons, Michael and Edward.
In 1961 George joined the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Department and together they began the dream of building a new home. That home became a reality in Central Park in 1969. George spent his entire Law Enforcement career serving the citizens of Grays Harbor County, retiring in 1999 from the Sheriff’s Office after 38 years.
In George’s earlier years with the department; he was a member of the departments dive team, Search and Rescue and worked bloodhounds to search for lost people. George was the first Lieutenant for the Sheriff’s Office when the rank was established. In June of 1975 George was appointed as the Chief Criminal Deputy and later returned to his rank of Lieutenant. During his time as the Lieutenant many of his subordinates respected his position, but respected the man behind the Lieutenant badge. He gained this respect by the way he treated people with the same respect they deserved. My father may have shared a few of the stories of his early career in Law Enforcement, which were unbelievable.
In 1979 George and Pearl lost their son Michael to cancer but that same year they were blessed with their youngest son, Kevin, bringing new energy to where sadness had been because of Michael’s passing. George had to drum up the energy for this new found adventure. After retirement George went to work part time with the Coroner’s Office as a Deputy Coroner retiring January 2015.
In August 2009 George left the family home in Central Park and moved out the Wishkah Valley to Man Mountain placing his tiny house on Patrick’s Peak where he passed away March 4th, 2017. George claimed that from this peak, he had the best view of the Valley. Truly his best view was watching his treasured western and war movies.
George was a member of numerous organizations: Elks, Eagles, LEOFF I Coalition, Washington Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners, Life member Olympic Peninsula Law Enforcement Association, International Foot Printers.
George is survived by a brother Bert Patrick his children, Kim Cruchon, Edward (Anna) Patrick, Kevin (Angie) Patrick, (8) Grandchildren, Kelsey, Marissa, Courtney, Michaela, Jaiden, Jerzy, Shyanna and Brennan. (4) Great Grandchildren, Taylor, Carson, Brayden and Leon.
George was preceded in life by his parents John and Eunice Patrick, brother, Tommy, wife, Pearl and sons, George Jr. and Michael.
There will be a gathering to share memories after the ceremony at the Aberdeen Elks on Boone Street, in South Aberdeen.
George had a great appreciation of many things and his wished to have donations made to the following:
Harbor Home Health & Hospice
201 7th Street, Hoquiam WA 98550
American Cancer Walk
P.O. Box 202, Aberdeen WA 98520