Stayton – Patrick
was born to Edna Blake Tabor and Arthur E. Tabor in Los
Angeles, CA on August 5, 1936. He died March 6, 2017 in Salem
at the age of 80. Following the death of his father, he was
raised by his mother, Edna and his aunt Margaret in Portland.
He graduated from
St. Patrick’s elementary school, Central Catholic High
School, Multnomah Junior College, and Portland State College
from which he earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in
History and Physical Education. As
a young man, Patrick enjoyed all sports and that led to
teaching various sports fitness programs for the Portland
Parks and Recreation Department. It also led to coaching
football, basketball, and baseball at the high school and
junior college level.
his interest in history at age 10. He earned a Master’s
Degree in History from Southern Oregon College. He taught in a
number of Catholic high schools and enjoyed a 30-year career
teaching history at Chemeketa Community College in Salem.
October 17 was a significant date in his life. On that date in
1954 he joined the United States Naval Reserve and served 8
years as a yeoman. On October 17, 1959, he married Carol
Helene O’Brien in Portland. They shared their love for each
other and their Catholic faith, resulting in 57 years of
marriage. They enjoyed many common activities but encouraged
each other to pursue their individual interests.
Their marriage was
blessed with 7 children: Michael, Patrick, Richard, Ann,
James, Stephen, and Edward. He loved his children’s spouses
and delighted in his many grandchildren and
A Vigil service will
be held on Thursday, March 9 at 5:30 pm and Mass of Christian
Burial will be Friday, March 10 at 11:30 am both at Immaculate
Conception Church in Stayton. Interment will be in St. Mary
Cemetery, Stayton. Serving the family, North
Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.