Patrick R. Hickey, 65, of Sherwood died unexpectedly due to a heart attack Feb. 16. Pat had been working in Hawaii for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Refuge system when this occurred.
Pat was born Oct. 2, 1946, in St. Maries, Idaho, to Frank and Doris Hickey. He was raised on his family’s ranch and logging operation. In 1960, his family moved to Boise, Idaho, where Pat attended junior high and worked with his father and uncles learning how to construct houses.
During his sophomore year in high school, Pat’s family moved to Harney County. During his high school years, Pat was involved in football, wrestling, track, woodshop and drafting. His time spent in woodshop and drafting led him to an interest in drafting his own house plans later. During the summers, he helped to support his family by working for local ranches doing irrigation and haying jobs and by working for the E.M. Hall Construction Company continuing to learn the trade of construction.
He graduated from high school in 1965 and went on to attend two years of college at Oregon State University for drafting and photography.
In July 1966, Pat was drafted into the United States Army and went through basic training at Fort Lewis, Wash., before being sent to Vietnam. Due to Pat’s construction experience, he was assigned as supervisor to a crew setting up company compounds. Pat returned to the United States in January 1968 and was stationed at Fort Belvoir, Va., where he supervised operations on a large pile driving barge on the Potomac River constructing new docks. Pat was often quiet about his time served in the Army; however, his family learned after his death that he had been awarded medals for Good Conduct, a National Service Medal, a Vietnam Service Medal and a Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.
Pat left the Army with an honorable discharge in July 1968 but remained in Virginia to work for Robert Rickter Construction, where he learned the specialty of masonry and worked on several large construction jobs before making his way back to Oregon and his family.
Pat joined the Oregon State Police in 1969 and was stationed in Ontario. During his time as a state police officer, Pat continued his education taking classes through Treasure Valley Community College in criminal justice.
Pat left the state police in 1983, after his father died, to move to Burns to help his mother run the family restaurant, the Silver Sage. During his years as owner of the Silver Sage, Pat was very active in the community.
Pat was an active member of the chamber of commerce, the fair board and the Lions.
In 1992, Pat went to work for the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge as a maintenance mechanic and then operated the Buena Vista station. In 2005, Pat became the heavy equipment coordinator for Regions 1 and 8.
The first person to hold this new position, Pat coordinated the heavy equipment safety and training and identified the need for vehicle and equipment purchases and coordinated the deployment of the maintenance workforce on special projects.
Pat was more than anything a loving and wonderful husband to his wife, Debbie, and father to his son and two daughters. His three grandchildren were his joy in life.
Pat was preceded in death by his parents, Frank H. Hickey Sr. and Doris E. Hickey; and his older brother, Frank H. Hickey Jr.
Pat is survived by his wife, Deborah R. Hickey; son, Patrick R. Hickey Jr.; daughters, Lisa P. Dave (husband Terald) and Kelly E. Hickey; grandchildren, Bjorn Petersen, Saleena and Ty Englestadter and Leon Dave; nephews, Frank Hickey III, Robb Hickey and Skyler Hickey; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the “Friends of Malheur Refuge,” in care of the Malheur Refuge, 36391 Sod House Lane, Princeton, OR 97721-9502
A memorial service will be held March 10 at 4 p.m. at the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge Maintenance Building, 16507 SW Roy Rogers Road, Sherwood, OR 97140.