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In Memory of

Patrick Francis McLaren

August 10, 1953 - September 18, 2017

Obituary


Patrick Francis McLaren, age 64, a native of West Palm Beach, Florida, died September 18, 2017, at Good Samaritan Hospital.

As a young boy, Patrick was very involved in the Boy Scouts of America, spending summers at Camp Tanah Keeta, first as a camper and then as a leader, becoming an Eagle Scout at the age of 16 and an Order of the Arrow State Champion. He graduated from Palm Beach Junior College with a degree in business management and attended Florida State University in Tallahassee. Of course, he was a Seminole....

Patrick Francis McLaren, age 64, a native of West Palm Beach, Florida, died September 18, 2017, at Good Samaritan Hospital.

As a young boy, Patrick was very involved in the Boy Scouts of America, spending summers at Camp Tanah Keeta, first as a camper and then as a leader, becoming an Eagle Scout at the age of 16 and an Order of the Arrow State Champion. He graduated from Palm Beach Junior College with a degree in business management and attended Florida State University in Tallahassee. Of course, he was a Seminole. He was a long time member of the Everglades Chapter BMW Car Club of America.

Highly skilled in all things mechanical, he had a variety of jobs, including working for Braman Motors and Honda as a mechanic. He also worked as a carpenter, for Ullom Marine Electronics, UPS, The Breakers Hotel, and for many years as a Field Representative for the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections, but his most important work was caring for his mother in the last years of her life.

Pat loved being a part of the large McLaren Clan and attending family gatherings on the McLaren homestead in North Palm Beach on McLaren Road, which was often referred to as "The Country." He was known to his family and friends as an amazing cook, an artist, a collector, a gardener. One of his greatest joys was harvesting mangos and making mango chips, which he shared with his family and friends across the country. He even made a YouTube video sharing his process. He also enjoyed attending and watching car races, his favorite being Formula One. Weekends and holidays, you could bet there was a race on his TV.

Pat had a large and caring heart, helping many people who had less than him. He loved animals and took in stray cats, and for years could be seen with his faithful dog Mack by his side. During the last two years of his life he was fortunate to have many good friends and family who helped him during his treatments and trips to hospitals. Pat was very thankful for their amazing support and kindness.

Patrick was preceded in death by his father, Guy William McLaren and his mother, Dorothy Eakle McLaren. He is survived by his sister, Donna (Dan) Becker of Prairie City, OR, his brother, Michael (Barbara) McLaren of Lake Worth, FL, his niece, Logan Anne Becker of Brooklyn, NY and his nephew, Matthew Mc Becker, of Providence, RI, his good friend Amy Odeneal (Aunt Bee) of West Palm Beach, his cousins, Julie (Rich) Rose and Laurie (Rand) Perkins.

A Memorial Gathering will be held to Celebrate Pat's Life at QUATTLEBAUM FUNERAL, CREMATION & EVENT CENTER at HILLCREST, 6411 Parker Avenue, West Palm Beach,on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 between the hours of 5:00 to 7:00 PM.