Patrick Francis Martin, 64 of West Hartford, Conn., formerly of Cedar Rapids, died Sunday, May 13, 2018.
He was born in Dubuque, Iowa, to the late Joseph and Katie (Mary Catherine Rogers) Martin.
He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Shelly (Michele Kenna); and sons, Tim (West Hartford, Conn.) and Sean (Seattle, Wash.); his brothers, Dan (Patricia) of Cumming, Ga., and Jim (Jane) of Marion, Iowa; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and attended LaSalle High School. He went on to graduate from the University of Northern Iowa and was a fraternity brother of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. He completed his graduate degree at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Patrick began his career in higher education at SUNY Cortland. He was an associate registrar at Binghamton University and the registrar at Northern Arizona University and Northwestern University before retiring last August as registrar at the University of St. Joseph.
Pat will be remembered for his lifelong passion for family, friends, music, writing and collecting. His near-total recall of youthful escapades was legendary. He loved the outdoors, fishing, hiking and biking. He had a knack for growing a great beard. He loved classic westerns. Some people who knew Pat well even say that he was a cowboy in a former life.
Calling hours are 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 19, Molloy Funeral Home, 906 Farmington Ave., West Hartford, followed by a memorial service from noon to 1 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the American Cancer Society. Online expressions of sympathy may be made at www.molloyfuneralhome.com.
We wish to thank our family and friends for their love and support. We want to thank the entire staff at the UCONN Oncology Department, Hartford Health Care at Home Hospice Program, along with Companions For Living for their remarkable care.