Patrick Francis Quinn
The world lost an amazing person, Captain Patrick Francis Quinn, who died on July 22, 2014 in the arms of his son, Brian Patrick Quinn, and surrounded by his wife of 25 years, Gail Quinn and his lifetime friend, Dr. Brian Mullin of Scranton Pennsylvania. Patrick, born January 5, 1945, died after a long battle with cancer. He and his wife shared their lives with children Brian Patrick Quinn, Michele Quinn, and Nicole Quinn.
He is also survived by his nephew John DePrimo and wife Debora Brundage DePrimo with their two children Kathryn and Matthew; niece Janet Davis with her two children Mario and Erika; niece Carmel DePrimo, niece JoAnn Latona and her husband Mike, all from Scranton Pennsylvania.
Patrick served as an Engineer most of his life. From his 20 years as a Civil Engineer in the U.S. Air Force and then as an Earthquake Engineer at the University of California Berkeley to an Environmental Engineer at Nellis Air Force Base until his retirement. As a lifelong scholar he continued both his formal and informal education into his retirement taking courses at many universities including Harvard and locally at UNLV as well as being an avid reader sometimes reading 4 to 5 books a week.
Among his many hobbies he learned to fly airplanes in 1985 and then went around the country interviewing baseball players from the era of Ty Cobb to the present so their history would be recorded combining his passions for flying and baseball. These interviews can be found in The Baseball Hall of Fame Archives in Cooperstown NY.
In addition to being a loving father and husband, he believed in the intrinsic value of all living things and volunteered to transport blood as well as to be a part of The Civil Air Patrol. He rescued animals and provided a home to many animals over his lifetime including endangered desert tortoises, fish, birds and of course his faithful and loving dogs.
Patrick Quinn will be greatly missed by his family, friends and all who knew him. In this time of loss and beyond we will celebrate his life.