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Patrick W. Simmons
Former Tracy resident
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Patrick W. Simmons, 54, a resident of Wilsall, Montana for the past three years and a former longtime Tracy resident, died Sunday afternoon, April 26, 2009, as the result of injuries he sustained in a single vehicle automobile accident just south of Wilsall. He left this world too suddenly for those who loved him. Cremation has taken place at Franzen-Davis Crematory in Livingston. Family services will be held at a later date.

Patrick was born Feb. 10, 1955, in Portland, Oregon, the son of Donald W. and Helen R. (Folsom) Nickel. He spent his early life and attended schools in Portland and in Tracy, where he graduated from high school in 1973. After attending Delta College for a time, he went to work at the Owens Glass Plant in Tracy. He worked there until retiring due to a disability and moved to Wilsall in 2006.

He loved his time spent outdoors, be it fishing, gardening or, in earlier years, riding Harleys. An avid fan of watching old westerns. Patrick amazed his family with his knowledge of trivia about those movies.

Pat was truly a “dog’s best friend,” especially to his buddies Coot, Yeager, Bailey and Bristol. As a wonderful caregiver to his mom, no one could be more proud of him than she was. He was a very loving and caring soul who would do anything for his family and friends.

Survivors include his mother, Helen Simmons of Wilsall; his brother Jim (Judy) Spina of Turlock, their children Chris (Michelle) Spina and their son Mateo Spina, all of Fresno and Jeff, Abby and Remi Spina of Bakersfield; sisters, Debbie (Otto) Cornthwaite and their children Sam and Hannah of Clyde Park, and Sharon (Michael) Banton of Manteca and their daughter, Sarah Banton, and Sarah’s son, Taylor, all in Virginia. He was preceded in death by his father, Donald Wayne Nickel.
Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Thursday, April 30, 2009