Will Rogers once said, “I never met a man I didn’t like.” Anyone who knew Donald Neal Patrick knew this summed up his approach to life. Like Will Rogers, he grew up in difficult times. And like Rogers, he was a self-made man.
Don was born in 1937 in Ponca City, Oklahoma. He was adopted and raised by John and Marie Patrick. Resiliency, persistence and enterprise were in his DNA from the beginning.
So was making friends. While studying at Oklahoma State University, he was a popular student and elected president of his fraternity, Lambda Chi.
He met the love of his life, Donna McFarlin, and they married in 1961. They went on to enjoy 60 years together.
Don’s career was in insurance sales. He won countless major awards and set new records. In a rare accomplishment for anyone, Don was top-ranked in sales for two different insurance companies and was featured on both companies’ national magazines covers the same month. He was a qualifying member of the insurance industry’s prestigious Million Dollar Round Table.
A longtime friend, Mo Anderson, became the CEO of Keller Williams Realty International. Because of their friendship, Don was an early investor and supporter.
On the home front, he was a devoted father who always found time to help coach his son’s baseball team or his daughter’s softball team
In 1984, Don and the family moved to Coronado. He began serving as a financial advisor helping clients set up their retirement and investment accounts. It was another form of teaching and coaching that he truly enjoyed. He had a gift for understanding what people needed. He always liked to say “ Not all of my friends are clients, but all of my clients are friends.” He simply loved to meet and get to know people, and help them if he could. Along the way, Don helped many people realize their dream of financial freedom.
He retired in August, 2019 at age 82. But it didn’t slow down Don too much. Don was deeply patriotic and believed in supporting those who serve our country. He was an enthusiastic fan of all things Irish and Native American. He loved baseball, American history and great jokes.
Nearly everyone in the Coronado Cays knew how much Don loved playing tennis with the “Geezers and Wheezers” group which involved tennis, jokes, war stories and coffee with everyone at the Calypso Café to solve the problems of the world. There he was always recruiting new players. And, of course, Don had never met a conversation he couldn’t enjoy.
He passed away in early March of complications from a second stroke. He will be remembered for his lifetime of kindnesses to many and by his family for his love and devotion to them. He listened with curiosity, he spoke honestly and he acted with integrity. He was a class act. He will be forever in the hearts of those who knew and loved him and will never be forgotten.
Don is survived by his wife Donna; son Douglas, daughter Debra; grandson Jackson; as well half-sisters Lani Carney and Cinda Gaynor. Services will be private.