Pat Wells

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Pat Wells, 73, died on March 14 at his home following a valiant battle with PSP (progressive supraneuclear palsy) a serious degenerative neurological disease which is an atypical Parkinsonism.   Pat, born October 23, 1941 in Moscow, Idaho, lived in Moscow his entire life.  He was a proud husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather who was also a 33-year veteran of the Moscow Volunteer Fire Department Company #7.  Pat’s parents were Jim Wells and Alverta Dalberg Wells/Hall.

A 1959 graduate of Moscow High School, Pat married Sheila Baker in 1961 and they raised three children, Greg, Joanie and Jeanne.  Pat and Sheila have 14 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren, with two more soon to be born.  They traveled often to visit family.  There was  a lot of fishing going on during the years the children were raised, and camping in the family camper.

Pat was a federal employee of the U.S. Forest for more than 35 years and worked extensively on the project dealing with western white pine resistance to blister rust.   He was the inventor and held the first U.S. Forest Service plant patent on a Douglas fir, called the “Emerald Twister” and sold it at nurseries in the Northwest.  Several trees are now 20 feet tall and still thriving in backyards in Idaho, Colorado, Washington and other states.  After retirement he continued part time on his plant research.   Also in retirement, he was his grandchildren’s number one fan, always providing endless support and love.  His sense of humor was admired by friends and family alike, and his kindness knew no bounds.

Pat was preceded in death by his mother, Alverta, his stepfather, Earl Hall, and a granddaughter, Ashli Salisbury.   He is survived by his wife, Sheila Baker Wells of Moscow, his son Greg (Merri) of Couer d’Alene, his daughter, Joanie Wells Salisbury and Jeanne (Britt) Lindhorst  of Moscow, his brother Mike (Molly) of Boise, and his sisters, Jana (Max Condiotti) Mendez and Lana (Rich) Lathrop of Longmont, Colorado, his father, James E. Wells of Wenatchee, WA,  and half-sisters Mary Rancourt, Anne Wells , Jane Stetner, Nancy Wells and Karen Schulz, all of Washington.

The family will hold a private memorial service in the summer months.  Those who wish may make donations in memory of Pat to the Moscow Volunteer Fire Department, 229 Pintail Lane, Moscow, Idaho 83843.

18 Responses to Pat Wells

  1. Tom and Gloria Luther says:

    We were saddened at the news of Pat’s passing. He was a good friend and we will miss him. He always had a wonderful smile and was a great conversationalist. Our sincerest condolences to Sheila and family.

  2. randy and debbie parsons says:

    pat was a friend and fellow fire fighter , just a great guy. so sorry to hear of his passing . god bless you sheila and family

  3. Jennifer Mendez says:

    Sending the Idaho family love and prayers. Uncle Pat was so loved, always had a smile on his face and always seemed to love life. I will miss his sense of humor and his big heart. Love to you Aunt Sheila on the loss of your beloved, wonderful husband and to my cousins, Greg, Joanie, and Jeanne on the loss of your amazing father. He was much loved and cherished.

  4. Debbie Goin says:

    I am sorry to hear about Pat. I always enjoyed talking and working with Pat when I worked at the Lab in Moscow.

  5. Herb and Coleen says:

    Dear Sheila and family,

    We were so sorry to hear not only of Pat’s passing but also of his struggle with progressive supranuclear palsy. He was always such an upbeat person and had a wonderful easy smile. He will be missed here on earth. We have been reminiscing about the good old days and the Fireman’s Balls and still have in our photo album the picture of Greg and Lori playing together in the playpen. We regret having lost touch with old friends. Our deepest sympathies to all of you. You are in our prayers.
    Herb and Coleen

  6. Shirley blacker Crimmins says:

    Extending heartfelt sympathy to you and your loved ones

  7. Kari Nelson says:

    For the entire Wells family I am heartbroken for your loss. Jeanne, I will always remember the road trip we took with your mom and dad listening to Patsy Cline the whole time and your dad’s humor. What a great memory with an amazing family. Love you Jeanne! Sheila, I can’t express how sorry I am that you lost your partner. Fortunately you have over 50 years of wonderful memories to make you smile again. You are all in my thoughts. -Kari-

  8. Phil and Shirley Tenwick says:

    To Pat,s Family,
    Sheila and family, we are so very sorry to hear of Pat’s passing, our thoughts are with you.
    Your Friends, Phil and Shirley Tenwick

  9. Irv and Janice Johnson says:

    pat was a good friend and he will always be remembered that way. He was a part of the Jefferson Street Gang. I have fond memories of him. He will be sorely missed by many.

  10. Jamie Lathrop & Jeff Bruce and family says:

    Dear Wells Family,
    You are all in our thoughts at this difficult time. We send you our love and heartfelt sympathy. I will always remember Uncle Pat as the fun, energetic, compassionate man he was. As a kid it seemed like any moment spent with Uncle Pat was an adventure. I treasure my childhood memories of spending time with Uncle Pat, Aunt Sheila, my cousins, and all my other Idaho relatives. Uncle Pat will be sorely missed, but he certainly did a wonderful job of leaving us all with good stories and fond memories that we will keep with us forever. What a talented, ambitious, loving man he is. When I picture Uncle Pat, I picture his big, genuine smile. We were all fortunate to know and love him!

  11. Bev Mitchell Sullivan says:

    I was so surprised when My sister,Carol (Bob) Kimble, sent me Pat’s obit. It has been many, many years since I’ve seen Pat. I remember him so well as a very nice boy. I also remember Shelia as a pretty girl with a great personality…like Pat’s. I can imagine what a lovely family they have. I send you all love and my heartfelt condolences.

  12. Christie Owens says:

    My sympathy to all of you, Greg, Joanie and Jeanne, and especially to you, Sheila. I remember my husband, Richard, telling me such wonderful things about the Idaho clan and the fun you all had. My deepest condolences.

  13. Bernard Rathbun says:

    Sheila and all family, my condolences and sympathy .
    I really didn’t know Pat and you Sheila , that well until we were in Moscow High school and then I was fortunate enough to a part of his friend crowd through the rest of our lives . He was a great guy and always a friend with a smile to Sue and me . We had many good times together . He will be missed and a loss by not only us , but by the whole Moscow community .
    Your lives will be different now without him and I wish you comfort and good blessings and strength .
    Bernie ( ” Nardy “back when we had crazy nicknames ) .

  14. Carol Redding says:

    My sympathy to your family. It is always difficult to lose a loved one. My sister-in-law Amy Mendez has shared (with pride) many stories and memories of her Idaho family. I also knew and carried a great deal for your “Grandma” Hall. What a terrific family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Carol Redding

  15. Jason Lathrop and family says:

    One of my best childhood memories is of the time that uncles Pat and Mike took us up to a cabin used by firefighters. I think they had access to it through connections in the Forestry Service. I remember it being filled with rooms of bunk beds, which represented a great adventure to groups of curious cousins. Though we never visited Moscow as adults as much as we had as kids, I have nothing but fond memories of our visits there. Like my sister, I cannot picture Uncle Pat without that fantastic smile of his. That is the way I will picture him always, and hope that that image will bring some level of comfort to his family. We are thinking of you guys and wishing you the best during such a tough time. Knowing that pain is sometimes the price of loving and being loved doesn’t make it much easier to endure that pain, but I hope that it helps a little to know how many people held Uncle Pat in such high regard.

  16. Colleen and Bruce Bumgarner says:

    We were so sadden to hear about Pat all our prayers for you and the family Moscow Fire Department will always remind us of always seeing you at the functions .

  17. Stacey & Jeff Grzybowski says:

    Sheila and Family,

    Our thoughts and prayers to you all. In the short time we knew Pat, he always had a smile and a friendly wave. Love to you all!

  18. Jim Barron says:

    Mrs. Wells …. I did not know your husband but I noticed he died of PSP. I too was a full time caregiver for my spouse who died of PSP. It is an awful challenge for the whole family when this terrible disease hits. No treatment, no cure, no hope. I was on the Board of CurePSP for several years and am still a resource contact for the organization. I hope you were aware of CurePSP as they provide a great amount of information and support for families and caregivers. If you want to talk or ask questions please call 509-332-6053. I do know what you’ve been through. Jim Barron

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