Our father, husband and grandfather, Patrick Joseph Nunan, 87, passed away on Saturday, March 18, 2017. In the months and weeks preceding his death, he was surrounded by people he loved and who loved him.
We are certain that Patrick’s father, an immigrant from a large family in Ireland, would be exceedingly proud of his son’s career as a banker, his care for his family, and his significant contributions to his community.
Patrick, born in Boise in 1929, was the eldest son of Cornelius and Mary Nunan. He and his two sisters were raised in an orphanage at Mission Creek near Culdesac, Idaho, after the early death of their mother during the Great Depression. He earned his keep by tending the farm and milking the cows at the orphanage. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and earned a business degree from the University of Idaho in 1956.
Also in 1956, he married a cute girl with a beautiful smile, Farrol Joan (Joni) Walrath in Orofino, Idaho. Together, they raised four children while Patrick worked at First Security Bank and later, the First Bank of Troy. During these busy but fun years, he tirelessly served his community by participating in many civic organizations, including the Moscow Chamber of Commerce, the Jaycees, the Moscow Elks Club and the Troy Volunteer Fire Department. He also served as Mayor of Troy, Chairman of the White Pine School District Board, and Chairman of the Board for Gritman Medical Center. He was a charter member of the Troy Lions Club in 1967 and received numerous honors and awards for service with the Lions. He also increased the size of Troy by developing the Nunan Addition and the Tamarack Addition.
In 1978, he organized a committee of local residents to build the Troy High School football field. He called the project a “cash-poor outfit” but creatively elicited help from the Steelman-Duff construction company from Clarkston, Washington. The construction company, which was working on making improvements to Highway 8 between Troy and Deary at the time, provided manpower and equipment “during slack times” on the road construction. Patrick and his wife also donated land for building the Troy High School baseball field.
He thoroughly enjoyed attending his children’s and grandchildren’s ball games, 4-H meetings, and livestock competitions. His family remembers him best for his consistently sage advice, his quirky sense of humor, and his calm, dependable support in any situation.
Patrick was preceded in death by his parents, his son Mark and his sister Sister Regina.
He is survived by his wife Joni; daughter Mary (Mike Yenney); son Micheal (Laurie Harris); and daughter Monica (Mohsen Pana). He is also survived by his sister Margaret (Peggy) Dickeson; six grandchildren; and one great grandchild.
A celebration of his life will be held at 11:00am Friday, March 24, at Short’s Funeral Chapel in Moscow. There will be a lunch provided following the service at the Troy Lions Hall. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to the Troy High School Baseball Field Fund, 101 Trojan Drive, Troy, Idaho 83871.
The family would like to express our deep appreciation to the care staff at Bishop Place in Pullman, Washington, and the nurses at Kindred Healthcare who provided excellent care during the last stages of his illness.