Dennis Patrick


1942  –  2022


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Dennis Patrick

Dennis Patrick, loving husband and father and best partner ever, passed away March 5, 2022 after a very painful and aggressive cancer of his hip bone.

Dennis was born in Havre Montana September 27, 1942.  He was raised on a farm north of Hingham, Montana, where he acquired great work ethics and how to fix anything that needed fixing. He went to college in Carbondale, Illinois where he obtained an Associate Degree in dental technology in 1964.

When his father Cecil Patrick passed away in 1966 he immediately moved back to Montana and took over operating the family farm for his mother and his younger siblings.  He had married young and had two daughters.  His wife could not handle living isolated on the farm and they divorced.  He worked the farm during the summers and went to Henderson, NV and worked as a dental technician in the winter.  After harvest of 1968 he and his Mother Elizabeth (Beth) Patrick determined that the farm could not support all of them, and the farm was leased to his uncle’s Wayne and Cliff Patrick.  Dennis headed west and ended up working in North Seattle in a dental lab and ultimately opened his own crown and bridge dental lab in the spring of 1970. In 1976 he and Mike Nichols another dental technician, purchased a nice building in Edmonds, WA, totally remodeled the building themselves and opened a shared dental lab.  Patrick’s Dental Lab, and Nichol’s dental lab, each had their own working space and shared the casting and model working area.  Dennis closed his dental lab in 1982 and started trading commodities and day trading stocks in the mornings and doing handyman work after the stock market closed.   He had a pickup which was totally stocked with every tool imaginable, plus parts for most anything that needed fixing.  He was the general contractor on several homes that were remodeled or that were purchased and flipped.

Dennis met Darlene (Dee) Patrick in 1970 during the Ellensburg rodeo weekend at the Ranch Tavern.  They married September 14, 1973 and worked as a team which included lots of real estate projects. In 1973 times were not good in the greater Seattle area, and they were able to buy rental homes by assuming underlying loans.  At one point in time, they owned ten rental houses and did all the managing and maintenance themselves.  In 1979 they built a 599 unit mini storage in Lynnwood, WA.  Dennis was the general contractor and they owned and managed Pak It Mini Storage for a few years.  Also in 1979 they had a custom home built in a lovely neighborhood in Bothell, WA, where they raised their son Ryan.  In 1993 they built a custom home on Martha Lake and Dennis was once again the general contractor.

Dennis & Dee retired in 2007 and moved into their home in Trilogy, a 55 and older adult community in Redmond, WA.  They took bridge lessons to upgrade their bridge skills and immediately started playing duplicate bridge.  They traveled to bridge tournaments all over the west coast and have become bronze bridge life masters. They also played bridge in numerous bridge groups.  Dennis also played in two men’s bridge groups and played regularly at Eastside Bridge Club. When Covid caused the closure of face to face bridge games, Bridge Base On Line became a big part of Dennis’s life.  He had many bridge partners that he played bridge with on line and often played as many as three sessions per day.  Bridge has been a major part of his life since retiring, and kept him “sane” during Covid, and the onset of cancer. He had just achieved his goal of acquiring 801 bridge master points!

Son Ryan was a very good all-around athlete, with Dennis and Dee being his most avid fans.  In high school, Ryan’s game of choice became baseball pitching which he continued through college and even now as an adult.  Following Ryan to his baseball games, many times out of state, has been a major part of Dennis’s entertainment.  If Ryan was playing baseball, regardless of weather, Dennis was always there and all Ryan’s friends looked forward to seeing him.

In 1999 a home situated on property that was zoned commercial, in Mountlake Terrace, WA was purchased for Ryan.  Over the past 12 years, three more homes that were on the adjoining lots have been purchased as rentals, with the goal of building multiple units on the properties.  Dennis has been looking forward to this project, and it is very disappointing to Ryan that his Dad will not be here to help and see the project through fruition.

Dennis is survived by his wife Dee, son Ryan & Annie Han, granddaughter Kailey Jones & husband Logan of Spokane, WA, brother Vernon Patrick and wife Crystle of Chico, Ca, sisters, Lynnette Wagner of Boise, ID, and Shirley McGee of Billings, Mt, brother Keith Patrick of Redding, Ca., daughter Jessie Friesen, husband Darren & son Jackson of Andover, KS, and daughter Melanie Boisvert, of Billings, Mt., step grandchildren, Ashely Hoyt, and Harrison Hoyt.  He was preceded in death by his parents and older brother Garry Patrick, and grandson, Eric Boisvert.  He also has numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of life will be held later this summer at Trilogy, in Redmond, WA.

In honor of Dennis send donations to:  

To: hospice services.


2 Responses to “Dennis Patrick”

  • Barbara Nist says:

    Dee – My thoughts and prayers go out to you. Dennis was a wonderful man and I have always enjoyed having him at my bridge games. He will be missed.


  • Bryan and Karen Mamula says:

    What a great and fruitful life he had. We did not know Dennis well but we did see him at Ryan’s games and it beautiful to see how much he enjoyed seeing his son play baseball, no matter the age. We are truly sorry for your loss and our prayers are with you and your family. The greater the love, the harder the loss, but that truly is a blessing.

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