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Pat O. Burns


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Pat O. Burns Obituary
Pat O. Burns was born March 17, 1925 in Mineral, Arkansas to Harrison Paul and Ida Rush Burns, eighth of nine children. He passed away on July 2, 2017 at The Mancos Valley Inn. Memorial services for Pat will be held Saturday, August 19th at the Dolores Community Center at 2pm. A potluck will be held after the services to allow friends and family to reminisce and visit.

Pat was raised by his sisters, Beulah and Josephine, after their mother passed away when Pat was only three years old. The family lived on a farm and worked a hard life. Pat joined the United States Army on March 22, 1943 and served until December 16, 1945. On March 21, 1944, Pat married Dean Wright while on leave from the service in Idabel, OK. Pat and Dean met in 1939 while in school. Six days after they were married, Pat was ordered and shipped to Europe where he fought in multiple campaigns during World War II. After the war, the couple moved to Albuquerque, NM where their first child was born. A few years later they moved to Jemez Springs, NM, where they welcomed their second child. Shortly after they moved to Gallup, NM, where they made many lifelong friends. In March of 1954, Pat and Dean moved their family to Dolores, CO, and began developing their lifetime home.

Pat started Pat's Cow and Sheep Taxi and moved livestock for the area ranchers. Pat also hauled hay, logging equipment and other farm commodities. Everyone knew they could stop by his shop to visit or get equipment worked on. Pat never knew a stranger and loved to spend time with people. The dining room table was his office and everyone was welcome into their home.

Pat was initiated into the Masonic Lodge at the Montezuma Lodge #145 AF & AM on March 24, 1955, and was a lifelong member for 62 years. Pat was also an active member of the Montezuma Chapter 145 Order of Eastern Star. He and Dean served as Worthy Patron and Worthy Matron during the 1968-1969 term when both of their daughters were initiated. Pat served many years as the Rainbow Dad for Dolores Rainbow Girls, Assembly #50, supporting his daughters.

After Pat lost his wife Dean of 56 years, he began getting involved in the Senior Community Center in Cortez, where he connected with his longtime friend, Harriet Shull of Cortez and they soon became soul mates. Pat and Harriet made a good team together and were very devoted to one another. They enjoyed gardening and canning together and especially enjoyed their time together in Mesa, AZ during the winter months. While in Mesa, they continued to dance three times a week, played shuffle board and bingo while making many friends.

Pat was lucky enough to spend 92 years in this world and had a great life. He will be missed by all who knew him and fondly remembered for his love of nicknames. He leaves behind his end of life companion Harriet of 12 years, from Cortez; sister Tollie Craner of Squim, WA; daughters Ida (Jack) Teague and Patrician (Doyle) Higgins of Dolores; grandchildren Shelley (Wade) Jordan; Rodney Rule; Lynnette (Kyle) Elledge; Mickey (Marsha) Rule, Russell Garner; Karissa (Dusty) Cotton; and Krystal Higgins; 11 great-grandchildren and 7 great-great-grandchildren.
Published in The Journal on Aug. 15, 2017
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