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Patrick W. Maley

Dec. 8, 1968 - Nov. 23, 2023

Our beloved Patrick passed away at Sacred Heart Medical Center after a fatal respiratory arrest with his family by his side. He is now at rest with his Lord Jesus Christ.

He was the sixth of seven children born to Leslie Wayne Maley and Marilyn Lou Dollarhide. The first baby born in the new Whitman Community Hospital in Colfax, Washington, he was in such a hurry to arrive that a nurse, not a doctor, delivered him upon entry into the foyer. He lived the rest of his life in a hurry as well. He was always on the go.

He grew up on a farm in Thornton, Washington, moved to Nevada, then California for a year upon graduating, returned to the area, met the love of his life Debbie in Spokane and they married shortly after, in 1992. The following year, their son Riley was born. Patrick always said that Riley, of whom he was very proud, was the biggest accomplishment of his life.

Patrick formed many life-long friendships at his places of employment. He worked at Pacific Diesel Brake, Wittkopf, Conseal, Whitman County, and most recently, Freightliner. Patrick will always be remembered by family and friends for his generosity, loyalty and integrity. He stood up for what he believed in and had his wagons always circled tight.

He loved spending time with his wife, son, friends, and family taking road trips, camping, hiking with their dogs, tinkering in his shop, working on his home, rehabilitating cars, and all things mechanical. He was a natural genius at anything mechanical. Friends would say when no one could solve a mechanical impossibility, Patrick always could.

He was preceded in death by his father, and a baby daughter, Marilyn from an earlier marriage.

He will be missed dearly by his loved ones and those who knew him. He leaves behind his loving wife Debbie; his son Riley; his mother Marilyn Steele; siblings Rebecca Maley, Betty Lou Maley, Beth Maley, Brenda Anderson (Garry), Joe Maley and Jeff Maley (Stacey); and multiple nieces, nephews, cousins, and countless friends.

A memorial will be on February 3, 2024, at 11:30 a.m., at the Rosalia Community Church, 214 S. Whitman Avenue, Rosalia, Wash. A reception will immediately follow.


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