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Patrick Milton Volz

June 15, 1946 — November 25, 2023

With heavy hearts, we mourn the passing of Patrick Milton Volz on November 25th, 2023, in Utah, following a courageous battle with illness. He was a beloved Husband, Father, Uncle, Grandfather, and Great-grandfather, leaving behind a legacy of love and cherished memories. Patrick was 77 years old.

Born on June 15, 1946, in Utica, New York, Patrick spent his formative years in the quaint Village of Frankfort on Railroad Street. His journey through life intertwined beautifully with JoAnn, his high school sweetheart whom he met in German class at the age of 17. Their love story blossomed swiftly, leading to engagement before Patrick's military service beckoned.

Choosing to serve his country, Patrick enlisted in the Army after he was drafted and married JoAnn at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Frankfort on October 1, 1966. Stationed initially at Fort Moore (formerly Fort Benning), he dedicated three years to the service, spending his final year stationed in Korea before his honorable discharge.

Following his military tenure, Patrick pursued education while working, earning his Bachelor's degree in finance from Syracuse University. He found purpose and fulfillment in his career, commencing at Mohawk Data Sciences in Upstate New York and venturing to Trivex in California, Momentum Data Sciences in New Jersey, Beehive International, Whisper Creek Log Cabins in Salt Lake City, and concluding his professional journey at CES&R Printing Company. He dedicated himself wholeheartedly to his work, earning admiration for his integrity and commitment.

Beyond his professional achievements, Patrick cherished his family dearly, reveling in moments spent capturing memories through his passion for photography. He found solace in camping, fishing, and delving into the depths of family history alongside JoAnn. His infectious smile, coupled with a remarkable sense of humor, made him the life of every gathering. Little known to many, he possessed a remarkable talent for artistry, winning acclaim for his drawing commemorating the 1963 hometown Centennial in Frankfort, New York.

Patrick's impact was profound, forging lifelong friendships wherever he went. His family revered him, grateful for the roles he played as a Husband, Father, Grandfather, Great-Grandfather, Uncle, Cousin and Friend.
 
Patrick is survived by his wife, JoAnn Florence Grates-Volz; his four children and (spouses), Cherie (Richard Bierce), Melissa Volz, Selina (Chris O’Neill), and Daniel Volz (Vanessa); his eleven grandchildren, Nicholas Haws (Sam), Samantha Serrano, Jesse Thomas, Jonathan Haws, Sarah Thomas, Hannah Wood (Zachrey), Ashley Wood, Isabella Madrid, Rachel Bowser, Chase Dockery, and Mindy Volz; his five great-grandchildren, Benjamin Serrano, Remington Wood-Estrada, Freya Wood, Serenity Haws and Wesley Easum; his brother and sister Karl Volz (Gladys) and Karen Volz; his sister-in-law Philmaine Burks; his two fur babies, Ellie and Franny; along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Patrick was preceded in death by his son, Patrick Martin Volz; his parents, Walter Sylvester Volz and Frances Hattaway Bowen-Volz; his in-laws, Pauline McFaul Grates and Joseph Francis Grates, Jr.; and his brothers-in-law, Paul Thomas Grates and Joseph Francis Grates, III.

A Celebration of Life honoring Patrick's remarkable journey will be held at a later date. In honor of his generous spirit, contributions to Pat’s favorite charity, Toys for Tots, are welcome in lieu of flowers.

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