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Obituary of Patrick Dean Morris

The Life of Patrick Dean Morris Sept. 24th, 1940 to Feb. 11th, 2020 Patrick was born in White Salmon WA on Sept. 24th, 1940 to George Morris & Peggy Tripplet. He was the eldest of 4 brothers & one sister. Patrick lived in White Salmon until he was 15, then moved to Trout Lake to help on George Pearson’s dairy farm, and eventually, Rupert Jennings dairy farm. At age 19 he moved to Chelan WA to work on his Aunt & Uncle’s sheep ranch. His time at the ranch was one of Patrick’s fondest memories. Patrick returned to Trout Lake when he was 21, and eventually married Joyce Jennings. They had 2 daughters. Cindy was born in May,1964 & Lisa, in Nov. of 1967. In 1972 Patrick had a son, Noah, born to Joan Fisher. Throughout their marriage, Patrick worked in Seattle in the winter months, where he learned the construction trade, and spent the summers back in Trout Lake managing 40 + cows at Jennings dairy farm. He even grew all the winter feed himself, right on the property. Patrick ran Jennings farm throughout the 70’s. & in 1978 he was able to buy it. In 1979 Patrick married Mary Marzillo. They had 2 daughters. Their 1st daughter, Sarah was born in 1980 but sadly lived only a couple of days. Rachael was born in Dec. of 81’. Throughout the 80’s Patrick & Mary ran the farm and managed a huge garden of assorted vegetables. Patrick closed the dairy in the early 90’s and began Morris Construction with son Noah, building homes, apartments, and out-buildings in the surrounding area. Patrick’s true love was music. He mastered the drums & harmonica at a young age. Patrick played in bands throughout the Gorge every weekend from the early 70’s till 2001. After 2001, Patrick’s passion for his music led to weekend gatherings. Patrick & Mary’s farm became so popular with friends & family that they eventually turned it into a wedding & party venue, and named the property “Trailhead B&B” the following year, later shortening it to “Trailhead”. Patrick remodeled the hayloft into a stage and dancehall. He mostly enjoyed setting up the sound systems for planned events. Patrick’s meticulous landscaping talents turned the property into a magical fairytale land, creating a beautiful spot for weddings. Over the years, Patrick was a mentor to many young adults & teens alike. His gentle, wise & generous personality encouraged everyone to become a better person. Patrick had a warm & comforting presence that welcomed those who passed through like family. He was highly revered among both friends & neighbors and would be the first to lend a helping hand to anyone that needed it. In 2015 Patrick was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. He put up a good fight and was declared cancer free in 2017. Patrick struggled with heart ailments for many years. In 2017 his struggle took a turn for the worse. The numerous surgeries & lengthy hospital stays took a toll on his body. Patrick was released from hospital care to go home on Feb. 11th where he could be surrounded by those he loved. Once home, Patrick peacefully passed away surrounded by everything & everyone dearest to him that same day. Patrick is survived by his wife Mary of 40 years, daughter’s Cindy, Lisa, & Rachael, son Noah & many grandchildren, including one great grandson. Patrick’s life will be celebrated this summer at the annual Hootenanny on Sat. August 15th 2020. Condolences and memories left on this website will be compiled into a memory book by the family.
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