Patrick James Austin, of Shrewsbury, PA, passed away from multiple organ failure at age 44 on 10 June 2023 at WellSpan York (PA) Hospital. He was a beloved father, husband, son, grandson, brother, uncle, and friend, and his family was by his side as he passed.
Born on 19 December 1978 to Melinda and John, Patrick grew up in Clarksburg, MD, alongside his older brother, Adam, and younger sister, Allyson (“Ally”). Through his parents’ remarriages, he gained an additional brother and three sisters. Patrick had dozens of aunts, uncles, and cousins, with whom he was close. Patrick is preceded in death by his grandparents Kenneth Peters, William Martin, Harris Austin, Anna Peters, and Alice Martin.
As a young man he worked for his father’s landscaping company, eventually becoming a foreman. Patrick graduated from Damascus High School, class of 1996. He attended Mount Saint Mary’s College and Clemson University. Having graduated from John Deere University for Operators, he was a well-respected, long-time sales and rentals manager for Standard Equipment Company in Rosedale, MD. Patrick was most recently employed as an inside salesman by Ingersoll Rand of Shrewsbury, PA.
In 2014, Patrick married Jodie McKenna of New Freedom, PA. Together they bought a house in Shrewsbury and rescued a puppy, Copper, who now misses his buddy.
Patrick, a devoted father, is survived by his two children: Logan, age 6, and Madison (“Maddie”) age 4. His children were the apple of his eye. He enjoyed watching them play their favorite sports, taking them to the movies, assembling Legos with them, sharing his love of puzzles, constructing snow forts, and buying them “meat sticks.”
An excellent athlete, Patrick favored baseball, volleyball, and the occasional game of football with his friends and family on Thanksgiving. He loved the ocean, especially his childhood vacation spot in Sandbridge, VA, where he could be found during family vacations surf-fishing and hunting sandcrabs with his kids. An avid movie watcher, Patrick loved nothing better than to get a pizza and watch his favorite action films. Patrick also enjoyed building scale models, even if they took several years to complete.
Devilishly handsome, side-splittingly funny, and country strong, he will live in his family’s and friend’s hearts and memories forever.
A celebration of life service will be held June 25 at 2 PM at St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Church in Ijamsville, MD.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to In Him Christian Wellness, which provides free or low-cost counseling and therapy to those can’t afford it: https://www.inhimchristianwellness.org/support