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Patrick Penick M.A. ’63 lived his life to good purpose as a selfless and devoted husband, father, and community member. He was born in 1936 to Ann and James Penick, the second of five sons. His father was a career Navy man. Pat attended five high schools, where his passion was playing football. In addition to his love for sports, he developed a great love of reading early on, which he maintained throughout his life. After attending William and Mary, he graduated from San Jose State University and received a master’s degree from SCU. At San Jose State in 1956 he won the annual novice boxing tournament. It was at San Jose State where he met the love of his life, Marilyn Gropper. They married on Jan. 31, 1959 and had six children. Pat taught high school English in Santa Clara for 20 years and was a cross-ountry coach and CTA president. In 1979 he and Marilyn, along with Robert and Mary Adams, moved their families to Lake Almanor, California. After a short stint building homes, Pat taught English at Chester High School for a few years and was an assistant wrestling coach even longer. Four of his children graduated from Chester High School, and two, AnneMarie Fiegener and Jim Penick, became teachers; AnneMarie at Chester and Jim in the Redding area. For the next 30 years, Pat was a realtor, first with Busy Bee Realty and later with Kehr O’Brien Coldwell Banker Realty. He retired in 2015. During his time at Almanor he was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church. Pat enjoyed spending time with his family, his daily swims through the summer, playing games like bridge, making banana milkshakes and popcorn for the grandchildren, and keeping the fire going and the snow cleared in the winter. He passed away on Nov. 18, 2017, and is survived by his wife, Marilyn Penick; children Claire Hagman ’82, Pat Penick ’88, AnneMarie (Alan), Joe Penick ’90, Jim, and Tom (Darlene); brothers Jim (Annie), Jack (Evelyn), Jerry (Susan), and Mike (Janet); and 14 grandchildren.