Obituary: Capt. Francis Patrick Flynn Sr., USN (Retired)

June 6, 1929-May 18, 2019

Francis Patrick “Pat” Flynn Sr.
Francis Patrick “Pat” Flynn Sr.

Patrick was born in Los Angeles on June 6, 1929, son of Frances D. and Matthew P. Flynn. Predeceasing Pat were his wife of 53 years, Joyce, and his brothers Matthew P. Flynn Jr., and Michael D. Flynn. He is survived by his brother Ronald B. Flynn; children Pat Jr., Tom (Katie), Tim and Peggy; and four grandchildren, Alexander, Sydney, Matt and Emily.
Pat attended Incarnation Catholic School in Los Angeles, Loyola High School and the United States Naval Academy (class of 1953). Pat continued in the Navy Reserve until his retirement in 1983 at the rank of captain. As the Blue and Gold Officer for the Los Angeles area, he helped numerous graduating seniors gain admittance to the Naval Academy.
Pat married Joyce Ann Holt in Alexandria, Virginia, on June 6, 1953. They immediately headed west, where Pat started his active duty in the Navy, stationed in San Diego.
Upon completion of his four years of active service, Pat and his family moved in 1957 to La Cañada Flintridge, where he went into the family business. Pat’s father, a real estate developer, founded Mesa Crest Water Co.
Pat studied civil engineering at USC and UCLA. He developed the Ralphs shopping center in LCF.
Pat was an active member of the LCF Chamber of Commerce board, Catholic Big Brothers of Los Angeles, Angeles Crest Homeowners Association, USNA Alumni Association, Brothers’ Helpers and Kiwanis Terrific Kids.
Pat loved camping and taking his family on many adventures in the Sierra Nevada. In later years he enjoyed traveling the world with his wife, Joyce, playing golf and spending time with his grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 8, at 10 a.m. at St. Bede the Venerable Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Villa Scalabrini Retirement Center and Special Care Unit, Sun Valley, California.

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