Patricia A. Bendorf
1944 - 2020
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November 3, 1944 - November 17, 2020

Patricia A. Bendorf (Namesake of the Patricia A. Bendorf Elementary School (1991), 3550 Kevin Way, Las Vegas, NV 89147) passed away on November 17, 2020.

Pat was born November 3, 1944, in Miami Beach, Florida, the only daughter of John and Ann Petty. Pat's father was serving in the United States Coast Guard, and her mother was a homemaker. Pat's parents and older brother Glenn "Bucky" preceded her in death.

In early life, the Petty family moved to Wyoming then settled in Shelby, Montana, where John became a police officer. Pat met her soul mate and future husband, Jerry A. Bendorf, as high school classmates. They both graduated from Shelby High School in 1962. Following graduation, Jerry joined the United States Navy, based in San Francisco, CA, and Patricia started college in Northern Montana. The couple married at the age of 20 in 1964 in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

The newlyweds made Las Vegas their home in 1964. On January 14, 1965, daughter Jamie Ann joined the family, and on Jerry's Birthday, December 31, 1967, Bobbie Ellen joined the happy family. In 1969 Jerry accepted a position with the Clark County Fire Department and rose in the ranks to Fire Captain before retiring in 1995.

Active, caring parents, Pat, and Jerry became involved with their children's education and interests. Together they coached their daughters' recreational youth basketball team "Jerry's Angels" to two undefeated seasons in 1972 and 1973.

Employed from 1965 through 1979 with Southwest Gas Corporation, Pat held responsible positions in Accounts Payable, Marketing, Insurance & Personnel, Internal Auditing, and Administrator of the Securities Stock Transfer Department until her retirement. From 1979 to 2001, she served as CEO of their family business, Bendorf Enterprises, Inc.

In the early 1980s, Pat Bendorf became actively involved and a champion for special needs students. She initiated and brought attention to Clark County's public-school system and opportunities for students with special needs to progress in schools. Elected to the Clark County School Board in 1983-1986, Pat held clerk and vice president positions.

Between 1981 and 1984, Pat helped form and served on the Southern Nevada Association for Children with Learning Disabilities, Coalition for Handicapped Children's Education (CHANCE), Council for Exceptional Children, Southern Nevada Association for the Handicapped, as well as eight other State and County educational organizations. Pat was appointed by the Nevada State Department of Education to the "Nevada State Teacher Education Program Review Team" and served as Chairperson to the "Clark County School Board Curriculum Committee." She also lobbied for the PTA in Washington DC.

In 1980 Pat was named "Clark County Education Mother of the Year." In 1983, Business Professional Women's "Woman of the Year," and in 1991, the Clark County School District named its newest elementary school the Patricia A. Bendorf Elementary School, in her honor.

"Since retiring in 2001, I have limited my involvement in education and politics to simply reading to children in our local schools. I've always found my time spent with children very rewarding and fulfilling." - Patricia A Bendorf

An avid golfer who often beat Jerry's cores and once scored a hole-in-one, Pat enjoyed quilting, reading, spending time fishing, and enjoying their summer cabin in Utah.

Pat is survived by her loving husband Jerry of 56 years, daughters Jamie Luna and Bobbie Bubonovich, grandchildren Trevor, Genevieve (spouse Dylan), Jessica (spouse Ben), and Joselyn, great-grandchildren Jane Riley and Theodore, and son in law Ken.

Pat will be remembered for her warm smile, positive attitude and her deep love for family, and devotion to the Love of Her Life, Jerry.

Due to COVID-19, Patricia asked that any services or celebration of life occur later when it is again safe for people to gather.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Patricia A. Bendorf Elementary School to support the school library. bendorfelementary.org

Services are pending.

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Published in Las Vegas Review-Journal on Nov. 22, 2020.
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November 27, 2020
Pat Bendorf was a wonderful, warm, and compassionate person! She had a radiant smile that lit up every room she walked into and a quiet confidence and grace about her! I met her as a teacher when I helped to open the school named after in the Clark County School District! I will never forget Pat's warmth or her wonderful husband and daughters!

Robin Schumacher
Retired CCSD Teacher
Robin Schumacher
Coworker
November 26, 2020
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Camille Wilson
November 25, 2020
I didn't know Patricia, but I can see she made her life count, not only for herself, but for the children of Las Vegas. Heaven definitely has a new wonderful angel.
Bill Carrick
November 22, 2020
Jerry,
I was saddened to read of Patty’s death this morning. I always admired her for all that she did for children, and will never forget her smile and gentle demeanor. My deepest sympathy to you and your daughters.
Jane Young
Friend
November 22, 2020
Dear Jerry and Beautiful Family,

There are a few people in life who bring inspiring light to the world, raising the spirits of those who they touch with their hearts and smiles, using their talents to make the world a better place. Your wife, mother, grandmother, Pat Bendorf, is such a person. Her smile is contagious and her generous spirit so very impactful. She had a dynamic and persistent way of bringing people together for the greater good.

One of the greatest honors of my life was to serve as principal of a school named in honor of Pat. I have such happy memories of all the many times she spent at Patricia Bendorf Elementary where she served as a mentor to thousands of children over the years. She brought joy and inspiration to the teachers and staff, read to the students at least weekly and participated in assemblies and varied school events. She brought her husband, Jerry, to the campus to help develop a wonderful learning garden and supported the school and its mission and activities in so many ways. She came to the school to make a difference for the children and the staff, and she did. Her presence lifted all of our spirits. She exemplified the school motto, to “Reach out and accept the challenge.”

I am also so grateful to have known Pat, to know Jerry, her husband of 56 years, and some of her beautiful family. My heart goes out to all of you during this time of sorrow. I share that sorrow. She became my good friend. And I am so glad that during her final days she was at home surrounded by dear family members, for it is the family and friends who can lift you during the most difficult times in our lives. Her light will continue to shine in the years ahead. There are so many happy memories, and they will continue to make you smile.

I will miss her and will hold happy memories in my heart forever.

With love and respect,

Beth Duncombe and Jeff Butler
Beth Duncombe
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