Nov. 4, 1947-April 16, 2019
“Pat Keating? He was the nicest guy you’ll ever want to meet.” This is the kind of comment that one often hears when Pat’s name is mentioned. His life was filled with service and kindness. Fittingly, his final act was donating his corneas. Pat passed away in Santa Cruz after battling serious health issues.
Patrick Donald Keating was born in Brooklyn, New York, the oldest of seven siblings. His family moved to Los Angeles in 1957 when, according to family lore, the Dodgers left Brooklyn. Patrick grew up in La Cañada-Flintridge, where he attended St. Bede elementary school and St. Francis High School. Pat graduated from Pasadena City College and then studied business at Northern Arizona University. Marriage followed and soon thereafter the birth of his daughter, Jenna.
Pat and family lived in L.A.’s South Bay region and then back in LCF. He worked as a sales representative for a rivet company, and later Pat and a partner started their own successful firm specializing in rivets and grommets. Pat eventually sold the company, retired and relocated to Santa Cruz to be close to his daughter and two grandchildren.
Pat loved both playing and watching sports. He was also an avid fisherman (feared by bass and trout alike) and a race-car enthusiast (fan of No. 48). Pat had a wide circle of close friends, and they often enjoyed sporting events, races and camping and boating trips together.
Patrick was exemplary in his dedication to family. He was a devoted son to his mother, and as the oldest of seven, Pat demonstrated dependable, practical commitment and care.
He is survived by his daughter, Jenna Keating, and his grandchildren, Maverick, 17, and Makenna, 14. He loved them very much. Pat went to all sporting, academic and special events that the kids participated in, including the games of a special-needs baseball team that Mav played on. He embraced the community of special-needs kids and impacted the lives of their families. He was “Grandpa Pat” to many. To Jenna, he was “father, mentor and best friend.”
There will be a memorial service in Santa Cruz at Twin Lakes Church (tlc.org). In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to health.ucdavis.edu/mindinstitute/giving.