Patrick John Schwab, age 53, died on Friday, Oct. 24, 2008, in Sun Valley, Idaho.
He was born Jan. 20, 1955, in Milwaukee, Wisc., the child of Donald Francis and Mary Theresa Schwab. Pat moved at a young age to Frederic, Wisc., where he attended elementary school and graduated from Frederic High School. He moved to Eau Claire, Wisc, while his future wife, Paula Zoromski, finished college. He and Paula were married on July 11, 1981, in Thorp, Wisc., after which they moved to Moscow, Idaho, and then to the Wood River Valley in 1982 when Paula got her first teaching job.
Pat worked all his life in the service industry. In the early years, he ran Creative Maintenance with friend and partner Gene Olson, later moving on to property management, working with various companies until he found his niche with Resort Quest.
Pat loved fishing and hunting. As an avid sports fan, he enjoyed baseball, basketball and football, being a staunch Packer fan. When there was no baseball, basketball or football to watch on TV, he would even resort to watching pro bowling.
Pat would help anyone, anytime and anywhere, and he helped on a daily basis. He organized a relief effort for Katrina victims. He worked every fall for the Howard Preserve celebration and volunteered for many events around the valley. He also coached T-Ball and youth baseball.
Pat lived every day with happiness and joy. He had the biggest heart of anyone. He was a rock that we all leaned on. We will miss him more than we can say. He was a wonderful, fun-loving father and husband. Pat found much joy in the simple things in life--a good meal, a good game, a beautiful day and good friends were all he ever needed.
Survivors include his wife, Paula, and their children, Alex and Sam of Bellevue; his father, Donald (Beverly) Schwab of Hayesville, N.C.; his brother. Michael (Jan) Schwab of Brown Deer, Wisc.; his uncle, Gerry (Patty) Mahoney of Rochester, Minn.; his special cousins, Tim, Shaun, Matt, Joe, Mary Pat and Erin; his father-in-law, Gene (Lil) Zoromski of Holcombe, Wisc.; his brother-in-laws, Scott, Mark and Eric; and his sister-in-law Jill (Don) Perkins and their daughter, Hope. He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary.
Memorial services were held on Thursday, Oct. 30, at St. Charles Catholic Church in Hailey, Idaho, with arrangements under the loving care of Wood River Chapel of Hailey. To help the children of the Schwab family, donations can be made at any US Bank.
May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be always at your back, may the sun shine warm upon your face, the rains fall soft upon your fields, and until we meet again, may God hold you in the hollow of his hand.