Patricia Ann “Pat” Markland, 62, passed away unexpectedly after a short illness at her home in Clearfield, Utah. Pat was born December 14, 1960, in Casper, Wyoming to Stanley Dwayne and Janice Kunkle Markland. Her family moved to South Jordan, Utah then eventually settled in West Valley City, Utah in 1976. She would graduate from Granger High School in 1979 where she was an excellent student. By the end of high school, she was out of the house and flexing her independence and hard work ethic, for which she became known over the next 45 years of her life. She worked at clothing stores as well as Valley Bank in Taylorsville.
As a young girl she learned from her Grandma Markland how to sew, knit, crochet, and make patterns for clothing, including her own wedding dress. She was married in June of 1981 and had two boys, Mitch, and Nicholas “Bob” which became her whole purpose and life. She worked multiple jobs and side hustles to be able to provide an excellent life for them. She moved them to Henefer, Utah in 1994. She immersed them in small-town life with horses, four wheelers and a funny farm. They raised pigs, chickens, and a cow named Norman; and although they were never very good at any of them, she provided a unique and simple childhood free of the city-life drawbacks and made it her goal to raise productive young men.
She worked for Smiths Grocery Stores for 20 years, starting in payroll, then moving into the stores as cashier and scanning coordinator. In 2002, she left Smith’s for TSA and spent a few years there before joining the “Family Business” in the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 354. She finished first in her class as a low-voltage commercial electrician in 2007. She worked for Cache Valley Electric in that specialty for a few years before deciding she needed a new challenge of completing the inside electrician’s apprenticeship through the union hall, which she did in 2013, also at the top of her class. She was one of a small handful in the local to complete both apprenticeships and was the first and only woman to do so. She was fiercely proud that she could follow in her father and younger brother’s footsteps, and they were proud of her.
Pat graduated from Cameo Beauty College in 1987, she enjoyed having a salon in each of her homes and cutting the hair of neighborhood kids and friends. She made several life-long friends at Cameo.
Pat was a Daddy’s girl, and she worshipped the ground he walked on. If you ask Stan, she could do no wrong; they were very close, and she shared his love of Harleys and loved riding every chance she got. She loved Sturgis and Laughlin and just the quick Saturday trips in the mountains close to home. She had numerous riding friends over the years and there is a family element in those friends that can’t be replaced. It was her true passion. As her parents aged, she became very involved in taking care of them, something that she took very seriously, all while maintaining a demanding work schedule and other commitments. She recently rediscovered her love of refurbishing and reupholstering furniture that turned into another side gig.
In 2019, Pat became a grandmother for the first time, and relished her new title as “Grammy” to Reese. In 2023, her second granddaughter Colbie was born, and they shared quite the resemblance. She was with her granddaughters as she was with her boy’s and her elderly parents, a provider. She loved to spoil them, host sleepovers, and pass along her joy of baking and crocheting. Pat enjoyed her small senior neighborhood in Clearfield where she had great neighbors. She and her best friend in the neighborhood, Mike Rusch, checked in on each other and helped each other over the last seven years; they passed away eight days apart. She enjoyed helping people and was generous every chance she got. Whether it was donating time or money to charities like the Suicide Prevention Association or buying Christmas presents for the less fortunate, she was always trying to help. She was the queen of DIY, and rarely hired a contractor. She finished basements, landscaped, and fixed all sorts of household items. She took tremendous pride in all she did and had.
Pat was preceded in death by her aunt, Jeannie White; brothers, Gary and Steve Markland; son, Bob Ivester; niece, Ashley Markland Robinson; and her mother, Jan Markland. She is survived by her son, Mitch (Casey); two beloved granddaughters, Reese and Colbie; her father, Stan; her brother, Rod (Jamie); niece, Jessica (Terry); and many extended family members.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday June 10, 2023, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Le Jardin, 1910 Dimple Dell Rd, Sandy, UT 84092.
Interment will follow at Valley View Memorial Park, 4335 West 4100 South, West Valley City, UT.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation, in her name, to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, a cause she was passionate about.