William Moss Patrick

1950 ~ 2022

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William Moss Patrick, 72, passed away on Thursday, December 8, 2022, of natural causes while in his childhood home in the Canyon Rim area. He purchased the home following the death of his mother. Bill was born on September 16, 1950, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Robert Smith and Trilva Moss Patrick. He is a great grandson of Joseph F. Smith, the 6th president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was named after his paternal grandfather, William T. Patrick and his maternal grandfather, Sterling E. Moss. Billy, as he was lovingly called when he was young, was the third child born to Robert and Trilva. He is survived by an older sister, Sandra (Dennis) Earl, an older brother, Sterling (Diane), and a younger brother, Brad (Karen).

Bill attended and played football for Skyline High School until he graduated in 1969. He continued his education at the University of Utah earning a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science in 1974. Upon graduation, he had a 40-year career at Sperry UNIVAC which is now L-3 Communications. Bill was always up for a good challenge, spending time in the outdoors, and staying active in the hobbies he loved. He played tennis for many years, winning several tournaments. Bill, Sterling, Sandra, and Brad all played tennis and competed at, and for, The Canyon Racquet Club.

Bill was also a serious cyclist often putting thousands of miles on his bike each year. He participated in many rides including the M.S. 150 in support of the M.S. Society and his brother, Brad as well as six different LOTOJA rides.

Bill could complete 2000-piece puzzles that would give most people a headache and he frequently caught the first Tram at Snowbird on a fresh powder day. He started skiing in his early teens and spent many days on the slopes with his lifetime ski pass to Snowbird. Bill had a love for all sports, especially when it involved his children. He never missed a football, baseball, or soccer game that his boys competed in. Bill underwent various surgeries in his lifetime as a result of his active lifestyle. Although it caused great frustration in his life, he always found a way to get back to doing what he loved.

Bill met Sheila Olsen at the Canyon Racquet Club and they were married in 1981 in the Salt Lake Temple. Bill and Sheila had three children, Justin (Melissa), Brandon (Becky), and Robby. Bill and Sheila divorced in 1999, but remained good friends. On September 11, 2016 Bill suffered a devastating stroke that took away his ability to communicate verbally and enjoy the various activities he loved. Despite his challenges, he continued to show off his smile and personality which would light up any room he entered. Bill has four grandchildren, Corbin, Claire, Trey, and Nora. He loved his grandkids and went out of his way to make sure that they knew how much he cared about them. You could always count on Bill to watch dogs and other pets when you went out of town, and that was something he always found great joy in. Bill is preceded in death by his parents and his grandson Trey, who passed away earlier this year. He will be greatly missed by all those who knew him.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm on Thursday, December 15th, at the Canyon Rim Stake Center located at 3051 S 2900 E Salt Lake City, Ut 84109. A viewing will take place prior to the services from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm. Interment to follow services at Larkin Sunset Gardens, 1950 E 10600 S Sandy, Ut 84092.

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Oh, Robbie...I'm so sorry. You had such a special relationship with your dad, and I enjoyed hearing all the stories of his triumphs and what made him happy.

Wishing you and your family peace and wonderful memories.

Warmly with condolences,

- Leslie Ohnstein

Bill was a true friend, I so enjoyed his friendship, spirit & energy.
I am saddened he has left this earth for a better place, he shall live on in my heart and mind forever!
God Bless you Bill, God Bless your family! Forever Rest In Peace!

- Bob Shafer

Brandon, I am extremely sorry to hear about your dad. It sounds like he lived a full wonderful life. My heart and prayers are with you and your family!


I will always remember Bill's infectious smile, laugh and welcoming attitude when he would get together with my family. I remember how he and my dad Gary would get excited at finding the newest Tom Clancy book to get the other for their birthdays. They would get together and catch up with Bill updating us on how his cycling progress was going or how he was slowly becoming bionic after his different surgeries. My dad would love to tell us stories of his skiing adventures with Bill when they were younger, about how he would be finishing up his first run while Bill would already be on his second or third. He said Bill would race the tram down at Snowbird and beat it just so he could hop on and be up at the top ready to go again immediately. I will miss his smile, his laugh and that mischievous twinkle that he had in his eye.

I would like to think that my dad was there waiting to greet him on the other side so that they could once again sit down, catchup, talk about books, family and just laugh. Sending love and condolences to his children and grandchildren from Sara, Morgan and Courtney Emery. Your dad was truly an amazing one of a kind and will be missed.

- Courtney Emery

Sending our condolences to the Brandon Patrick and the entire Patrick family.
Wishing you better times in the New Year.
Craig & Liesel

- Craig & Liesel Stevens