Man this sucks...I did my first AFF jump at Perris and my friend personally knew Pat and his wife, Blue. We ate dinner together with their daughter...which was very young at the time. I think he was sitting at around 15,000 jumps at the time and I heard a story about when his daughter was first born that he announced he was going to stop skydiving. My prayers go out to blue and his daughter. Blue Skies to all at Perris.
My friend Dean knew Pat and was his AFF instructor (I think) and he lived in the dallas area for several years before moving back to Perris...perhaps he got into the cowboys during this time period.
(This post was edited by regulator on Apr 5, 2011, 2:55 PM)
I am so sorry to hear of the tragic loss of your husband. I had the pleasure of getting to know him when he was visiting Hawaii a couple of years ago, what a terrific guy; he would have to be extra special to be your mate and I can only imagine the pain you must be going through.
I will always consider you one of the most extraordinary, brave, heroic, and extra special people I have ever met. I am hoping that extra measure of courage and strength you possess will help you endure this terribly difficult time. You are the best, and please know myself and so many others share your grief and are sending you our deepest sympathy. Warmest Aloha, Tim Harris
I haven't jumped for a while but I did know Pat and jumped with him several times. I can't be there for the celebration at Perris today but I want to help, so I've decided to create vinyl decals of the "PMG" logo using my own equipment and supplies, for sale to anyone. ALL PROCEEDS WILL BE DONATED TO THE MCGOWAN FAMILY. Note: the pic shown is in yell...ow but I do have an orange roll on order (and other colors available if requested)
Large decal - 6x6" $10 Small decal - 3x3" $5 Custom size decal: $ depends on size
Please contact me if you're interested in purchasing. Spread the word!
The wheel of life turns and takes as it gives. Many have come then gone within that great circle that lives. Some very few leave footprints on our heart but rainbows in our mind. Patrick was of that so rare kind. Some seldom times a person outshines the sun, sparkles like a star, and etch their memory on all skies. Their being enriched our collecctiive mind. Patrick, Thank you for being you. Hail!