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PATRICK FITZGIBBONS Jr.


1926 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
PATRICK FITZGIBBONS Jr. Obituary
PATRICK FITZGIBBONS JR. Well-known longtime Nevada resident, Patrick James Fitzgibbons Jr., passed away New Year's Eve, December 31, 2017, at the age of 91. He was born March 31, 1926, in Washington, D.C. He was a man of tremendous faith and the benefactor of many miracles in his lifetime. He survived as a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne "Screaming Eagles" reconnaissance of the U.S. Army in World War II, jumped on D-day and was among the first American soldiers to enter Hitler's Eagle's Nest in Austria. But, it should be clearly noted that he hated war. On the other hand, he loved to speak of his Savior Jesus Christ and share his testimony of the grace of God to him. Besides his relationship with the Lord, his dear wife, Bobbye, and his family were the most precious things to him. An excellent athlete, Pat could have pursued a career in Major League Baseball after the war. But, he chose to move out to Nevada, where for the past 60 years, he enjoyed raising children and grandchildren and spending time in the great outdoors. Many young men in Las Vegas were benefitted by the many years he spent coaching Little League baseball, basketball and Pop Warner football teams. Pat was an avid hunter, fisherman and mountain climber. He ascended and descended the highest peak in the continental United States, Mount Whitney, in one day when he was 45 years old. He also donated thousands of hours volunteering with a number of public and private organizations helping preserve the great outdoors. After an early career as an insurance adjuster, he spent the last 43 years as a prominent attorney, short trial judge, arbitrator and expert witness. He did plenty of Pro Bono work to assist those in need. He also served on the boards of countless community organizations and was particularly proud to have been past President of Southwest Rotary International. In later life, he suffered through four different types of cancers, two broken legs, a knee replacement and various other injuries but through it all he had a legendary laugh. He is survived by his loving wife, Bobbye (Roberta); his children, Jim (Crystal) Fitzgibbons, Roberta Sutherland, Floyd (Christine) Fitzgibbons, Aralee (Chris) Stimson, Douglas (Linda) Fitzgibbons, Melynda Talent, Dolly (Randy) Farrow, John Fitzgibbons and Julian Talent, grandson, whom he considered as a son; brother, Gene; sister, Rosanne (Emmons); and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, February 10, at Foothills Baptist Church, 6405 W. Cheyenne Blvd., Las Vegas.
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