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Patrick E Flanigan

Born: 6/8/1949, Montrose, Colorado
Death: 9/9/2014, Moab, Utah
Service: 09/15/2914, 11:00 am, Moab First Baptist Church

Patrick E. Flanigan, 65, died September 9, 2014 due to an accident while hiking and taking pictures.

Patrick was born June 8, 1949 in Montrose, Colorado to Arthur and Leatha Fox Flanigan. He grew up in the Montrose area graduating from Montrose High School. He loved the outdoors and doing archeology work. He moved to Moab in 1985 and worked for the National Parks Service as an archeologist.

He is survived by 4 children Patrick (Mandy) Flanigan, Vinechio (Tanya) Vargas, Sharon (Branden) Miller, Paul Vargas; 7 grandchildren Trystin, Aiden, Gabriel Falnigan, Cherise Reavy, Mason Miller, Mariyah and Jordan Vargas; 2 great-grandchildren Makiyah and Brayden Reavy : a sister Gayle Kralicek.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A Celebration of his life was held on Monday September 15, 2014 at 11:00 am and the Moab First Baptist Church.

Tributes

9/27/2014 - My most heart whelming condolences to Patís family and friends. I first meet Pat way back in 1976 when we both worked for Steve Baker and Centuries Research. Over the next few years he invited me on numerous adventures into the San Juans and surrounding areas. The hike down into the depths of Black Canyon was just one well remember excursion of many. One winter when we both were unemployed, Pat got a job patching walls and took me along as a helper even though I couldn't hammer a nail straight. Remembered all the fire wood collecting trips to Simmís Mesa where for some reason I donít recall collecting any fire wood. While working up in Alaska I would often hear from newly arrived co-workers that Pat sent his greetings and I turn would send mine. While going through photos I have of Pat he was always smiling. Pat you made my life brighter for just hanging with you on the west slope. - Joe Bartolini

9/19/2014 - My heart goes out to all of Pat's family and friends. He was one of my ex-husband's best friends and that's how I came to know Pat. He was always smiling and quick with a joke. If he came over for dinner, he was always in the kitchen wanting to help out...and I'm sure he was the same way when out in the field with his co-workers...smiling and offering a hand to help. I remember... hiking with Pat and Karen when Patrick, Jr. was just a 'baby bump'... Lots of great times fishing on Morrow Point, camping at Curecanti Needle and salmon bakes back at our house... Late nights playing a board game called Dune - I think Jim Copeland might have been responsible for getting us addicted to it... Hours spent playing horseshoes. The list could go on and on - I'm just thankful for the chance to have met Pat and for all these wonderful memories. He will be missed tremendously by all who met him. - Janice (Cutler) Reynolds

9/18/2014 - I worked with Pat in 1979 and 1980 on the Old Dallas Historical Archaeological Project for the Dallas Dam near Ridgway, CO. We were a young enthusiastic, fun loving group in those days past. Pat played a number of practical jokes on crew members. He had an easy smile and was quick to laugh. I will most miss that smile. - Janet Weeth

9/18/2014 - I worked with Pat on the Old Dallas project near Ridgway, Colorado and rode to work with him every day for a good part of the summer of 1980. I worked with him again at Alpine Archaeology in the early 1990s, where we had a great time in the field at Hovenweep in SE Utah and SW Colorado and in Picketwire Canyon in SE Colorado. Pat loved archaeology and loved being outdoors. He was very knowledgeable yet completely unpretentious; he also had a great sense of humor. He was an ideal field colleague, hard working, cheerful, and always willing to do whatever was needed. He was one of the nicest people I've ever met. I haven't seen him a lot over the past 20 years, but I will miss him. - Rand Greubel

9/18/2014 - We new Pat during high school and college in Pueblo. LeRoy and Pat always went deer hunting together and shared some great times during those years. He was the best man in our wedding but lost touch after we moved to Boulder. We are so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all! - LeRoy & Joyce Willener

9/16/2014 - Pat and I were friends all the way through High School and we graduated together. I remember his great attitude his love for the outdoors. We will miss him. Danny and Deanna - Daniel Tyler

9/16/2014 - I worked with Pat during his Nickens & Associates days here in Montrose beginning in about 1984 and always enjoyed his sense of humor and gentle manner. He worked on the ruin's stabilization crew at Nickens, where he was given the nickname "Patio McGyver" when he slipped from the ladder at one of the towers in Hovenweep and swung by the rope to which he was attached across the face of the ruin and back onto the ladder. He later worked on projects with us at Alpine Archaeology in Montrose, and I remember a particularly fun project with him at Green Mask Ruin in Grand Gulch. He then went to work with the Park Service in Moab, where he spent the rest of his career recording and caring for the sites and ruins of Canyonlands. A trip deep into the Maze District with Pat is a fond memory for me. Condolences to his family and friends. A fine man who will be deeply missed. - Jon Horn

9/13/2014 - I and all of the local National Park Service are so saddened to hear of Pat's death. This week we have had a bouquet of flowers and a notice on our tables at the 50th Anniversary of Canyonlands events. Everyone is stunned and saddened, remembering Pat's wonderful open and accepting personality and his work in the National Parks of this area. Our hearts go out to Pat's family. - Audrey G.

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