Happy Guy
Patrick J Moroney
  • 75 years old
  • Date of birth: Feb 9, 1940
  • Date of passing: Jan 26, 2016
God saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be. So,he put his arms around you and whispered "Come to me." A golden heart stopped, hard working hands at rest. God broke our hearts to prove to us, he only takes the best.

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Patrick Moroney, 75, born on February 9, 1940 and passed away on January 26, 2016. Pat was a beloved Son, Brother, Husband, Father, Grandfather and Great Grandfather. He was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in 2010, fought the good fight, but unfortunately lost his battle after 5 years. For those that knew him, he was truly a kind soul with a quest for learning and unfaltering love and caring for those around him. 

Pat was born in Ansley, Nebraska to John and Hannah (Reyner) Moroney and was one of 9 children. Pat spent his school years between Willamina and Sheridan, Oregon.  After serving in the Air Force (1959-1962), he returned home to Oregon, got married and had two wonderful children, John and Christine. He had many a career but for the most part he drove a truck for 25 years and then later went into real-estate, selling vacant land. He loved hiking and gardening. He was also an avid boater and continued his love of the water and it's ever changing landscapes.

He met Jeanne (Larkin) Moroney in 1992 and married her on November 25, 1997. As part of this relationship, he inherited a family that loved and cared for him, and we are each better individually and collectively for having him as part of our lives. To know Pat, has truly been a blessing. Pat was always passionate about his beliefs, values, and his desire to learn.  He made a lasting impact to all that knew and spent time with him. It is truly a shame to have someone with so much energy and passion leave us this soon, but he has left an impression on each of us that will always live on.  

We will never forget what he brought to each of us. (Just wish he could have been with us longer.) We all will definitely miss his infectious smile with a little chuckle, and will never stop loving him. This man for sure will be remembered.

Pat’s Family:

Sisters: Virginia Coulter, Jean Elvin, Joyce Dean, Marilyn Williams, Carol Payson, Helen

Brothers: Dick Moroney, Joe Moroney

Children: Christine Poitra, John Moroney, Peggy Nelson, Donna Smith, Rae Ann Taylor, Pete Larkin, Dan Larkin 

Grandchildren: Angela, Kimberly, Justin, Randy, Jaime, Cheryl, Dennis, Jenny, Kathy, Alex, Matt, Josh, Cassidy, Brigitte

Great Grandchildren: Theresa, Sienna, Autumn, Claire, Cate, Connor


In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Navigating the Future Scholarship. Donations can be mailed to:  Des Moines Yacht Club, Navigating the Future, P.O. Box 13004, Des Moines, WA 98188

Des Moines Yacht Club

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Rae Ann Taylor on 26th January 2017

"Miss you, love you and always thinking about and remembering you. I'm sure you know we had cornbread for Thanksgiving with cornmeal from the mill. And we all talked about you and missed you greatly. You are, and will always be loved and appreciated by us."

This tribute was added by Dan Larkin on 27th February 2016

"Pat came into my family's life when I was an adult and did so as gracefully as anyone could. He was a loving husband to my mom and wonderful grandfather to my children. He never tried to be my "dad" but he felt like my father and my friend at the same time. I am so grateful for what he brought to our family. He was always such a calming spirit. Well, almost always...there were exceptions when we talked politics. I admired him and I feel lucky to have been a part of his life."

This tribute was added by Jeanne Moroney on 27th February 2016

"So overwhelming looking through all these pictures, however I have to
say for the last 23 years we have led an incredible, adventuress life.  So many places, so much we saw and so many friends and family we were fortunate enough to share these memories with.  How fun to look back and see how our Children and Grandchildren grew and most of all finding out we were so much a part of that growing up. You taught us all so much. It's been a full life, full of love and laughter and oh how blessed I was the day I found you.  You will always be in my heart.  I will never stop loving you...."

This tribute was added by Jeanne Moroney on 25th February 2016

"We are so Thankful we have had the pleasure of knowing and calling you both our friends.  We will always remember Pat with his beautiful smile and giving heart. Love you, Barbara & Chuck Bragg"

This tribute was added by Patti Dahl on 24th February 2016

"Dearest Pat...It has been four weeks since you left earth and entered Heaven. Things are not the same here without you, but knowing you are free of pain and re-telling your stories to loved ones who passed before is a comforting vision. Keep watch over your beloved, amazing Jeanne and send her little signs that will bring her peace and make her smile.  Blessings to the Moroney family."

This tribute was added by kiara johnson on 16th February 2016

"Please accept my sympathy for the loss of your dear loved one.  Death was never part of God's original purpose. One of the clearest teachings of God's Word is that dead loved ones will return to life. The Bible guarantees that "all those in the memorial tombs will hear Jesus' voice and come out." (John 5: 28, 29) I hope that your meditating on this future miracle will bring you comfort."

This tribute was added by Virginia Coulter on 8th February 2016

"Pat was probably the sweetest man I have known, always aware of what others needed. As a brother he was the best, how i will miss our political conversations, what fun. I will miss most of all tho his smile and his hugs.happy birthday dear brother. I love you so much"

This tribute was added by Pat Divan on 6th February 2016

"Uncle Pat was such an amazing guy. He always saw the humor in whatever he was dealing with. It is an honor for me to have been named after him. I loved our discussions on the phone….an hour would go by in a snap!  I am so very glad that you two came out to South Dakota. What an amazing time we had! It wasn’t necessarily what we did ....it was doing it with you two that made it great."

This tribute was added by Grace Rhodes on 5th February 2016

"I had the pleasure of meeting Pat, as Jeanne is a good friend.  I remember when she met Pat and started dating him.  From the first time I met him and other times in his company, I remember and will never forget his infectious smile, laugh, and bright sparkling eyes.  Was a real gentlemen and very enjoyable to be around.  I am so sorry that he passed on; but, I know he suffered and held on for a time to no avail.  I know he is with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ; and that we will be together some day.  My deepest sympathy to Jeanne and the family.  May God bless you and give you peace and comfort during this difficult time.  With special thoughts and love, Grace"

This tribute was added by Marilyn Williams on 3rd February 2016

"Pat was a very loving brother and I will miss him so much. I,m so thankful he has such a wonderful family and wife. He loved you all so much and its obvious it was reciprocated in full. Thank you all for being there especially Jeanne, who has been so strong thru this long hard period. Love to you all."

This tribute was added by Linda Keese on 2nd February 2016

"Pat, we love you. This is a post for Patrick from Linda, Larry and Jeff Keese. Many great times are remembered with Pat and this crazy gardening, crab hunting, funny and gentle man. I will always love you and our time together. Thank you Jeanne for making this site possible and thank you for being my big sister and friend for 40 years.....to all the family, my love and thoughts are with you. Pat will live on in our memories forever."

This tribute was added by Alex Nelson on 2nd February 2016

"Grandpa Pat was truly one of the most loving, caring, and happy people to walk this earth. I remember in the 1st grade when I stood up in front of my class and told everyone that “one day I wanted to be just like my Grandpa because he is never too busy to play with me and he gives the best hugs and kisses.” That is still true to this day and he will remain to be my biggest role model for the rest of my life. I will always treasure the moments we had together, from teaching me to master the helm, to indulging in copious amounts of ice-cream and sweets, and of course driving Grandma crazy in the process. His infectious smile, his famous laugh, as well as the way his eyes would light up as I was telling him about my latest adventure will be greatly missed. Grandpa- May you rest in peace and I look forward to the day that I will be with you again!"

This tribute was added by Neil Kelly on 1st February 2016

"Pat, you were a very happy man. Always smiling, with great stories. One of my best memories of you happened at Longbranch one year. I was tied up to you and Jeannie. At the end of the weekend, when it was time to go, I started my boat to let it warm up. Meanwhile, I stepped into the head and closed the door. Next thing I knew, you had thrown my lines free and cast me adrift. I had to make a mad dash to the helm, barely avoiding tripping on my pants to get there. What a memory. Thank you very much!"

This tribute was added by Jaime Martinez on 1st February 2016

"Grandpa...I hope you know how much you impacted my life and influenced me. You made me want to be a better person and still do. I will always smile a little more and laugh a little louder because of you. Love you always and miss you so much. Rest in peace PawPat."

This tribute was added by Donna Smith on 1st February 2016

"We lost an amazing man, my stepdad, on Tuesday, January 26th. I can't imagine a better man to come into our family 22 years ago, take care of our mother so well, and become such a big part of our lives. My life is so much fuller because he was in it. We love you Pat and miss you like crazy."

This tribute was added by Dani and Todd Hiatt on 1st February 2016

"The Hiatt family will forever miss Pats wonderful smile. Thank you for being one of my husband Todds best buddies. If it was going to Sportsman shows, boating, shooting or just talking politics! He truly enjoyed every minute of time you two spent together. Hannah,Sarah and I will really miss your great hugs and will think of you every time we have a strawberry milkshake"

This tribute was added by PHILIP WALDEN on 1st February 2016

"Pat was one of my favorite friends in the yacht club and I will miss greatly his friendly smile and shared philosophy.  Just a great guy to be around who looked at the positives in life regardless of what he was personally facing.  Concerning the subject of depression he simply said he didn't believe it.  When I didn't actually know anybody in the DMYC Pat said, "I'll sponsor you!"  I love you man.  Phil Walden"

This tribute was added by Gordy DeWaard on 1st February 2016

"I never saw Pat throughout these many years without his infectious smile and laugh. I am honored to call him my friend and I know what he and Jeanne have been going through these last few years and how they have handled it with such dignity. God bless you both and I'm sure Ginger and Pat are having a toast for such a wonderful life they had on earth and blessed us all with their company while they were with us. Cheers, Gordy"

This tribute was added by Rae Ann Taylor on 1st February 2016

"Pat – You will forever be in our thoughts, memories and prayers. Thank you for all you have done and the impact you had, especially on our family. Truly wish you were still here with us, but please know that your legacy lives on. You were, and still are, a truly great human being and we are all blessed with getting to spend time with you and most of all getting to know you. This has been a very difficult “good bye”, but would rather think of it as a “when we see you again”.  Thanks so much for everything you have done for all of us. You are truly remarkable and your dreams will continue to live on with each of us.  Love Always, Rae Ann"

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This memorial is administered by:

Gary Taylor
Jeanne Moroney
Rae Ann Taylor


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