John P. Patchett peacefully passed away in his sleep on Saturday, December 18, 2021, at the age of 81, at his home in Phoenix, Arizona after a long and courageous battle with cancer. John was surrounded by family when he took his last breath and returned home to God.
John was born in Detroit, Michigan on July 10, 1940, and attended high school and undergraduate school at Our Lady Queen of The Angels Seminary, in San Fernando Valley, California, and then went on to attend ASU where he obtained a master’s degree in history. John enjoyed a long and successful career working as a realtor and broker at Patchett Realty until he retired in 2003.
John was a devout Catholic who dedicated himself to serving God and those around him, especially his family and friends. John was a devoted son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, and uncle. John cherished his family and instilled in his children and grandchildren, a sense of pride in nurturing family bonds and in honoring and building on family traditions. John looked forward to weekly family dinners with his children, their spouses, and his grandkids, and loved celebrating the holidays, birthdays and other special occasions with his siblings and large extended family.
John adored his grandchildren and took great care to teach them how to be patient, kind, and loving. John was best known for opening his heart to everyone he met and was always willing to help anyone in need, whether they be family, friends, or even complete strangers. John always had a smile on his face and could always be counted on to greet everyone he knew by their first name. John genuinely enjoyed getting to know the personal stories of almost everyone he met and will be lovingly remembered for always being jovial, friendly, and kind.
One of John’s favorite sayings was a quote from Father Pio, “Pray, Wait, Don’t Worry”. John was the best listener, and always the first to offer kind and supportive words of encouragement and ‘nuggets’ of wisdom.
John was predeceased by his mother and father, Maria and Frank Patchett, his wife, Connie Patchett and his daughter, Regina Patchett. John is survived by his siblings, Ann Wagner, George Patchett, and MaryJean McBride; his children, Stephanie Ireland and J.P. Patchett; his seven grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews (way too many to count!).
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 29, 2021 from 5:00-7:00pm with a Vigil service at 6:00pm at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, in Phoenix. The vigil service will be live streamed at
. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, December 30, 2021 at 10:00am, with eulogies beginning at 9:45am at St. Theresa Catholic Church, 5045 E. Thomas Road, Phoenix. The Church services will be live streamed at
Interment to follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery. Condolences may be expressed at www.whitneymurphyfuneralhome.com.