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James K. Patrick

James Karon Patrick, M.D., (Jim, Bud), 78, died May 19, 2006, peacefully in Aspen, surrounded by family, friends and colleagues. Born and raised in Camden, Ark., his life was shaped by the importance of family and community. Jim developed deep friendships with many people and came to be known as a country doctor and civic leader in Fayetteville, Ark., where he practiced family medicine for 34 years. The past 18 years in Aspen, he worked with the Aspen Valley Hospital and Roaring Fork Hospice. His doctoring ways involved caring conversations as much as his medical expertise. His dedication to the community good was extensive as evidenced by his Army service as a medic in Japan in 1946-47; civilian work as a volunteer physician in Vietnam in the late 1960s; directorship of family practitioner training with the University of Arkansas’ AHEC clinic in the 1980s; work as a Locum Tenens physician; and his most recent volunteer work helping Katrina and Wilma hurricane victims with the Red Cross last fall. His civic commitment was marked by service on a multitude of health, church, fraternity and education boards and campaigns throughout his life. Upon retiring, Jim’s hobbies included playing trumpet and trombone “gigs” with the Bleeker Street Romantics Dance Band, skiing, camping and hiking. He was an avid reader and enjoyed coffee klatches with friends and neighbors. Jim also loved and explored the world. Many good times with family and friends were spent enjoying Mother Nature.He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Lily R. Patrick; daughters DaWgren (Costas) Ekonomides, Danielle Milam, Daren (Duffy) DuFriend; sons Todd (Chris) Patrick, and Chad (Lori) Patrick; grandchildren Per, Benjamin, Sophie and Bergen Milam, and Sydney and Nicole Patrick; sisters Dorothy Patrick Spruce and Claire Patrick Glenn; nieces Sharon Spruce Bennett and Martha Louise Hultquist Fortney; and nephews Denny Spruce, Pat Spruce and Chris Hultquist. He was preceded in death by parents Duard and Dorothy Patrick, and brother Sonny Patrick. He was father, coach and guide for many other extended families, friends of his children, and a multitude of people he cared for and inspired. Celebration of Life services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Aspen Community Church-United Methodist. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be directed to the American Cancer Society (bladder and kidney research), Roaring Fork Hospice Valley View Hospital, Aspen Community Church-United Methodist, Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, or the Pitkin County Library.Farnum-Holt Funeral Home, 405 W. Seventh St. Glenwood Springs, has been entrusted with the arrangements.

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