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PATRICK SHARP Patrick Steven Sharp, a resident of Las Vegas, passed away May 11, 2019. He was born September 17, 1946 in Newport, VA to William A. and Gladys E. (Henderson) Sharp. Pat graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor's Degree in Aeronautical Engineering in June 1968. Pat served on active duty at Edwards Air Force Base (AFB) in California in the U.S. Air Force from 1969 to 1973 where he worked for Burt Rutan. Pat began his civil service career at Edwards AFB He was the second flight test engineer on the B-1 bomber following Dick Abrams. Pat served as a Secretary of the Air Force (SAF) technical director from 1978 to 1998. Pat served as the SAF/AQL technical director from 1998 until his retirement from civil service in 2002 as a Senior Executive Service (SES-1). Pat worked for MTSI from 2002 to 2019. Pat was one of those unique individuals, who truly cared about people, but he managed hard and had very high expectations for his people and they often lived up to them. Pat was held in high regard because of his extraordinary intellect, his terrific humor and very quiet and humble achievements. Pat's impact on our Nation was immense and ongoing. Those who were fortunate to work directly with him were and are better for it. Pat's legacy is a unique Air Force environment and organization infused with a culture that he instilled by reminding everyone that, "Our customer issome Second Lieutenant, fifteen years from now, that we will never meetwho is flying the weapon system and succeeding at destroying the target because we did our job welldon't ever forget it." Neither Pat's lessons nor the fact that he deliberately lived a life in service to our Nation that was unacknowledged to the general public and to his family will ever be forgotten. Pat directly influenced the careers and contributed to the success of hundreds of military, civilian and contractor personnel who became field grade officers, general officers, senior non-commissioned officers, astronauts, national experts, subject matter experts, government and industry leaders. But most importantly, Pat's devotion, dedication and commitment ensured the safe return of numerous pilots and air crews from harm's way. Pat was preceded in death by his parents, William A. and Gladys E. (Henderson) Sharp. Though an only child, Pat is survived by an extended family of coworkers who became friends and eventually brothers and sisters for life.

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Published in Las Vegas Review-Journal on May 15, 2019.
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January 25, 2020
A great man and friend. I worked for Pat from 1980 to 1989. A very devoted and generous man to his work and those who surrounded him with their presence. I admired him so much for his intelligence, accomplishments and contributions to the defense of our nation. I Salute you Pat Sharp. R.I.P. Your friend always, Alex Avila, USAF RETIRED.
May 25, 2019
Pat was a friend and a colleague who made everyone around him better at what they were doing. His service to the USAF and to our Nation was immense. He also had a wry wit and a great sense of humor. It was an honor and a privilege to know him. Rest In Peace - you deserve a special place in Heaven.
Donald Bingaman
May 24, 2019
I remember how demanding he was. We learned so much from him! A great mentor and patriot. RIP sir.
Jerry Thompson
May 23, 2019
A true patriot. May he Rest in Peace.
Bill Kornmayer
May 21, 2019
Truly a pioneer in next generation aviation. I learned so much from him when we worked together at SAF/AQL.
Michael Sayre
May 17, 2019
I had the absolute pleasure to work with Pat for over 8 years. I was always amazed at just how smart he was. We played a lot of golf together and he was always a joy to be around. Rest in peace my friend!!
Larry Endsley
May 16, 2019
Pat - you fathered a revolutionary era in aviation while building and supporting a generation of innovators who will continue your legacy. You fought to ensure the 2nd Lt that you never met would always carry clear advantage into the fight. Our prayers are with you.
Steve Schrader
May 15, 2019
For it is the lot of some men to perform duties about which they may not speak...Such work is not for every man. But those who accept the burdens implicit in this silent labor realize a camaraderie and sense of value known to few. These memories cannot be stolen. They will last always. Untarnished, ever better.

RIP my friend
John Gex
May 15, 2019
On behalf of the Notre Dame Alumni Club of Las Vegas, Patrick will be kept in our prayers. We offer our condolences to family and friends. He was indeed a man of many talents and used them all in a prolific life of public service. A fine example of the University of Notre Dame.

Ed Drost
Senior Coordinator of the Las Vegas
Notre Dame Alumni Club
Ed Drost
May 15, 2019
Ed Drost
May 15, 2019
Mafalda Fee Canella A life well lived,rest in peace.
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