Arboles resident Patrick Allen Kerrigan died Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, in Newcastle, Wyo., after accidentally being struck by a train. He was 34.
Known as “Pat,” he was born to Patrick Milton and Lilley Elayne Kerrigan on June 7, 1978, in Albuquerque. He lived in Arboles for most of his life. After attending Ignacio High School, Mr. Kerrigan went on to earn his GED diploma in 2003.
He worked most of his life in oil fields and construction, first for Mackey Construction and then for Outlaw Field Services in this area. At the time of his death, Mr. Kerrigan was working for Sterling on a pipeline in Newcastle.
“Pat enjoyed spending time with family and friends, fishing, camping, and a good day’s work,” his family said. “No matter what he was doing, it was always to the fullest.”
Mr. Kerrigan’s family said he was a people person.
“You were always loving and caring to others,” his daughter, Heather Kerrigan, wrote after learning of his death. “You were always curious about things you didn’t know much about.”
Mr. Kerrigan is survived by his daughter, Heather Kerrigan, of Arboles; parents, Patrick and Elayne Kerrigan, of Arboles; brother, Joshua R. Kerrigan, of Arboles; sisters Melissa Kerrigan of Arboles and Mary Jo Kerrigan of Denver; two nephews; and numerous extended family members.
A service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, at the St. Rosa Catholic Church in Arboles. Burial will take place afterward at the Allison-Tiffany Cemetery.