James G. Patrick
- October 17, 1912 - December 29, 2012
- San Mateo, California
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James George Patrick was born October 17, 1912 and died December 29, 2012 at the age of 100. He was born into a coal mining family in Rosalyn, Washington. The family later moved to Seattle so Jim could attend the University of Washington. He graduated with a BS in Engineering in 1933 and was employed by the Army Corps of Engineers in Fort Peck, MT where he designed construction evaluation processes on the Fort Peck Dam. He joined the army at the beginning of WW II and served in Guam and later in the Korean War. He remained a reserve officer with the Army Corps of Engineers until 1956. He then joined Bechtel Corporation in San Francisco and worked on hydroelectric projects throughout the Pacific Northwest. Jim took great pride in his designs that preserved upstream access for migratory fish. When he retired in 1976 he was managing the hydroelectric department of Bechtel and had just completed the Wells Project, the last and most innovative dam on the Columbia River.
On June 29, 1936, Jim married Jeanne Lucille Warner, his loving wife of 72 years until her death in 2009. Jim and Jeanne raised three children instilling a love of family, and a love of the great outdoors, spending most vacations camping, fishing and hiking throughout the Pacific Northwest. He is survived by his son James W. Patrick, daughters Mary Jeanne Sharkey and Kathleen Quale, and grandsons Brian and Stephen Quale.
Jim had a great love of Native American Indian culture and history, and in retirement he worked with several tribes designing irrigation and small scale hydroelectric projects providing them energy and a source of revenue. He also consulted on various engineering projects across the United States for over 20 years. Jim was the consummate engineer with a lifelong love of woodworking, bridge, and gardening. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather and never forgot the importance of family.
Friends and family are invited to a memorial reception on Thursday, January 3rd, at 3:00 PM in the Club Room at the Peninsula Regent, One Baldwin Avenue, San Mateo, California.