Patrick William O’Gorman died Thursday, July 6, 2017, at his home in Prineville, Ore., following a four-year battle with brain cancer. He was 49.
A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday at Eastside Church in Prineville, with a gathering to follow at Prineville Golf Club.
Pat was born Feb. 8, 1968, to Dave and Marilyn O’Gorman in Pendleton, Ore. He graduated from Hermiston High School in 1986. He earned an associate’s degree from Columbia Basin Community College and then studied golf course management at New Mexico State University. An expert golfer and lover of the game, he played on the golf teams for both colleges.
Pat met his wife, Jennifer (Merritt) O’Gorman, while coaching the golf team for Hermiston High School. She was coaching the Crook County High School golf team when their teams conspired for them to meet at the district tournament. They were married on July 24, 2004, in Prineville. The couple made their home in Prineville, with their daughter, Merritt, age 11, and son, Graeme, 9.
Pat started his career in the golf industry during high school and college, working at Umatilla Golf Course. After college he moved to Phoenix and attempted to play in the Nike Pro Golf Tour while working as assistant irrigation manager at Karsten Golf Course at Arizona State University. He worked at Manito Country Club in Spokane, Wash., and served as the construction superintendent at Deer Park Golf Course in Deer Park, Wash. He moved to Montana and worked in golf course design and construction in Havre, Mont., and also managed the Havre Ice Dome. After meeting his wife, he moved to Central Oregon, where he worked at Pronghorn, Brasada and Meadow Lakes golf courses. He served as the superintendent at Prineville Golf and Country Club and also owned and operated J & P Green Keepers Lawn Care Business.
Pat was a three-time Eastern Oregon Amateur Golf champion and also the Pasco Amateur Golf champion. He enjoyed sports and was named the Scholar Athlete of the Year at Hermiston High School, lettering in golf, cross country and basketball. He traveled to Canton, China, on an International Sports Exchange for cross country running. He enjoyed playing ice hockey and served as a referee and goal judge while living in Montana. He also loved fishing with his kids and spending time with his family.
Throughout his fight with brain cancer, Pat made it his mission to touch one person each day by telling his story and talking about his faith. He truly believed that God was using him to spread His message.
Pat is survived by his parents, Dave and Marilyn O’Gorman of Hermiston; wife Jennifer O’Gorman; and daughter Merritt Grace O’Gorman and son Graeme Patrick O’Gorman of Prineville. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, John and Kay O’Gorman and Paul Sumner and Emma Overly, and aunts Verla O’Gorman and Pauline Stuber.
Memorial contributions may be made to Inheritance of Hope, P.O. Box 90, Pisgah, NC 28768.