Patrick Gerald Pomeroy

03/17/1932 - 06/27/2016
Service Date: 07/02/2016
Service Time: 10:00 AM
Service Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Greenfield Park Ward, 1249 S. 48th Street, Mesa, Arizona

Patrick (Pat) Pomeroy of Mesa passed away on 6/27/16 at the age of 84.  He was born March 17, 1932 to Frank K. and Eunice (Shurtliff) Pomeroy. He was a member of one of Mesa’s pioneer families, a great grandson of Francis Martin Pomeroy, one of the founders of Mesa in 1878.  He is survived by his wife Anne (Hawkes) and his children, Pamela Iorg (Lee), Kimball (Gina), Scott (Lori), Julie Woods (Larry), and Wayne (Becky).  He was preceded in death by his wife Nancy (Osterloh).  Pat is also survived by 22 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren, his brother Wayne and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Pat was very active as a student at Mesa High School.  During his senior year, he served as student body president, participated in football and basketball and was named as the valedictorian of his graduating class.  In basketball, he played on the Jackrabbit 1950 state championship team and he was honored as a guard on the all-tournament first team.  Upon graduation from high school he was selected by the Elks Lodge as the Arizona State winner of the “Most Valuable Student” scholarship award, and he received third place honors in the national contest.

Most of his life was spent in the field of education as a teacher, administrator, and consultant.  He was an assistant superintendent for the Mesa Public Schools from 1972-88.  Pat was an adjunct professor for NAU and the University of Phoenix.  He also served as a trainer for Venture for Excellence, Lincoln, Nebraska. In 1988-89 he was the founding director of the Arizona Academy for School Personnel Administrators.  In 1967 Pat was one of fourteen freeholders who wrote the Mesa City Charter.  He also served on the City Council from 1998-2002, and various boards and committees to include terms as President of the Mesa Rotary Club and the Mesa YMCA Board.  Pat spent four years on active duty in the US Air Force and nineteen years in the Air Force Reserves and Arizona Air National Guard as a navigator and he retired with the rank of lieutenant colonel.  His family and community were extremely important to him as he sought ways to serve them both.  He watched the City of Mesa grow from a town of about 5000 to its current population of over 400,000.  He also served in various church positions that included Bishop and temple worker.  He and Nancy served a mission to the Salt Lake Temple Square Visitor’s Center.

Pat loved his heritage.  He co-chaired a committee in 1988 to raise funds to place a monument to Mesa’s founding pioneers in Pioneer Park.  In 2012 he headed a family fund-raising project to erect a new headstone for his great-grandfather’s grave to identify him as a “Founder”.

Services will be held Saturday, July 2nd at 10:00 at Greenfield Park Ward, 1249 S. 48th St., Mesa.  A viewing will take place at 9:00 am prior to the service.   A viewing at Bunker’s Garden Chapel at 33 N. Centennial Way will also take place on Friday July 1st from 6:00-8:00 pm.

 

Condolences

  • Dan and Annette Klein

    Our love and sympathies to the family.

  • Virgie Arrington

    I am thinking about you Annie, I know this is a difficult time for you as well as the family. I will get with you later.
    My love to you. Virgie Arrington

  • Maureen and Adrian Kuzdas

    Pat was dearly loved by all. He was a great man! Our love, thoughts, and prayers go out to the Pomeroy family.

  • Brady & Sherri Bingham

    We love and will miss Pat. He was a wonderful man and a good friend. Our prayers are with you.

  • Pennylynn and Steve Maxwell

    We will miss our good neighbor very much. Much love and sympathy to his dear wife Anne and Pat’s family.

  • I am so sorry for your loss Wayne. I know how close you & your Dad were. My thoughts & prayers are with you & your family. May he rest in peace!

  • Andrew J. De Jesus

    My heart goes out to you and your family Scott he was a good man I know he will be missed..

  • Lisa Strader Hinkle

    He was MY Bishop when I first moved to Mesa. He showed me as a young girl what the Savior’s love is. He was kind, and funny. I loved him a great deal. You have my prayers for your family at this time.

  • The Misigoy Family

    Lots of love and prayers from us for you and your family. I hope you are finding some comfort in the fact that this is simply “see you later” and not “goodbye”. We know, thankfully, that families can be together forever! Lots of love from us in Miami!

  • Pat was such a good man. He will be missed by all. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. I love you.

  • Leon and Connie Fish

    Pat was always such a gentleman to our family, and we loved our association with him over the years. We are better people for having known and having been associated with him. We express our sympathy and condolences to his family at his passing.

  • Grace and Nick Centola

    Sincere condolences to Kim and Gina and family. Take comfort knowing he is at peace and There is no pain.
    Your friends, Grace and Nick

  • Scott and Jill Adair

    Pat leaves a great family and legacy. Mesa would not be the same without his many contributions in community and church service. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife and family. Carry on!

  • Billy Stephen -- WW-65

    A great man loved by all, My deepest sympathy to all his family and friends.

  • Much love to you and the family Anne. What a wonderful man. I enjoyed getting to know him at Mesa Public Schools and even more in the ward and Verde Groves. What a great man.

  • He was a GREAT man and WONDERFUL person. He did so much for many of us individually, collectively, and personally for me and my family. He was the person who hired me to teach at Mesa High School for 37 years! We will all miss him greatly.

  • Jacqueline Mellyn

    Bishop Pomeroy was a great man. He was the Bishop when Bill and I got married 32 years ago. He also hired Bill as a teacher for Mesa Public schools. My condolences to the family. I know there was a wonderful reunion with Nancy! My love to the family .

  • Diane Dascanio

    My thoughts and prayers are with you. May the Lord bless and comfort you !

  • Lavona Areghini

    My condolences to the family from a neighbor in Three Fountains and fellow educator. Pat and I shared a common ancestry as well. He was an outstanding man who will be missed by many!

  • Dorothy Nadeau

    He was a good man and a good administrator. I was fortunate to know him as both. Nancy must be pretty happy today!

  • Helen Danielson

    My condolences to Pat’s family. I admired him and appreciated his leadership with Mesa Public Schools. He was a good man and I am sure he will be missed. How lucky you are to have him in your family. He was a great example to emulate.

  • Sherry Fletcher

    My thoughts and prayers go out to your family. Pat Pomeroy helped my mom get a job in Mesa Public Schools when my father, Dee Hall, passed away. My dad was a teacher at Mesa High for 23 years.. When my dad died, my mom was left to raise my 13 year old sister, Debbie. Mom had not worked out of the home but desperately needed an income. Pat visited her and was instrumental in helping her find employment within the MPS system and she was able to retire from Longfellow School after many years of working as a reading aide. She spoke many times of her appreciation for him. This job not only provided her an income but gave her an opportunity to develop her talents and be of service. Our family will be eternally grateful for his kindness to her.

  • Lonnie C Keith

    A very caring man…….who helped so many students along their way in life…..including me…..RIP Mr. Pomeroy and condolences to all family and friends.

  • After completing my Masters degree in Music Education, I was hired to teach at the newest high school in Mesa. Westwood was the pride of the city, being the second full scale high school in the city! Pat Pomeroy was the assistant principal. We did’nt always see eye to eye, but we got along well most of the time. I knew him as a very dedicated educator, father, and very proud to live in the city of Mesa. He will be remembered for his work & faith

  • Rest In Peace !

  • My deepest condolences to the family. I knew Pat all of my adult life. He was a kind and inspirational mentor to me during my high school years, and a good and cherished friend throughout my later years. He will be missed by all who knew him, but he is now with Our Lord…

  • An amazing life. I knew Pat from age 6 to 18 and only remember a smile on his face and kind words. What a legacy!

  • Pat was a good man in every way, son, brother, husband, dad, grandfather, friend, Bishop, teacher,d administrator, athlete and just a quality decent human being. I have appreciated our long relationship, his counsel and advice, his great kids. He lived a quality life full of the most important things this life has to offer. Mesa is better because he was here. I am so sorry to hear of his passing and feel terrible that we are out of town for his services. If there is a scholarship of something set up in his name would love to contribute. Love to all his family and friends from the Zaharis clan.

  • Ruthann (Bassett) Evertsen

    Dear Sweet Anne, I’m so sorry to hear about Pat’s illness and passing. I think about you all the time and wish I had known so that I could have been some support to you. I’m glad you have such good support from his family, and I know you are a great support to them! Please call me when things settle down. I love you.

  • I first met Pat Pomeroy and his great family when I was in high school at Mesa High. He was fun to be around and was a very generous and kind person. I was able to spend time on his ski boat and was very grateful that he was so kind even when I backed his boat into the back wall of his neighbor’s carport. To this day I always think of Pat on St Patrick’s Day (his birthday) every year. Pat loved his family, church and this country very much. He is someone that will be missed by many, many people! He is someone that I have always looked up to and have enjoyed visiting with whenever our paths have crossed. My sincere condolences go out to his great family at this time.

  • Maureen Spencer

    My thoughts & prayers are with you & your family. I am so sorry for your loss.

  • Norris Phelps

    I admired and appreciated Pat Pomeroy as an administrator (WW Vice-Principal and MPS Superintendent), as a civic-minded citizen and patriot, for his contributions to those he served, and as a friend to all. He had remarkable courage as he faced his last few months. With our love and best wishes to his family and loved ones. We share your loss. Norris & Beth Phelps and family

  • Kelly Martinez

    My thoughts and prayers are with you this day as you celebrate Pat’s life. I will always remember the twinkle in his eyes when he was surrounded by his family…especially his grandchildren. He was a great example of faithfulness and enduring to the end. Wishing the family peace and comfort in His love today and always.

  • I had the great privilege of serving with Pat in the Mesa Temple. I did not know him previous to that time, only that the Pomeroys were a part of the founding of Mesa. I came to love and appreciate Pat so much as we served together. We became quite close and I never knew many of these accomplishments. Pat was not into himself but was obviously humble about all he was able to achieve. I loved his wonderful sense of humor and smile which was always present. He was greatly loved and respected by his fellow temple workers. I will miss him much but know he was prepared to meet our Heavenly Father and has important work to do on the other side.
    My love and condolences to Ann and the entire family. You were privileged to be an important part in the life of a great man!

  • To Mr. Pomeroy’s family, I’m very sorry for your loss. It’s my hope that you can draw comfort and strength from Jehovah God’s promises in the Bible. At John 5:28,29 and Revelation 21:3,4 he promises there will soon be a time when there will be no more pain, sickness, or death, and we can see the loved ones we have lost in death again. Please accept my deepest condolences.

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