If you go
What: Family oriented benefit to defray medical expenses of Patrick Mayle who recently died at age 60. Includes face painting for children and a silent auction. Cost is $5 at the door for two slices of pizza, popcorn, beverages and desserts.
When: 2:30 to 6 p.m. Sunday
Where: 3Wire Bar and Grill, Yampa Valley Regional Airport
Donate: At any Wells Fargo bank under the name Yampa Valley Fights for Pat or on the website www.giveforward.com under Patrick Mayle. The direct link is www.giveforward.com/fundraisers?query=patrick+mayle.
Businesses or individuals wishing to donate auction items or services can contact Marti Hamilton at 970-846-5021 or Katie Mayle at 970-819-4215.
Steamboat Springs Patrick Mayle, known to office workers across the Yampa Valley for more than 30 years as the man they could count on to come to their rescue when the copy machine went down, died Sunday after a diagnosis about six weeks ago of melanoma of the liver.
Mayle’s death came days after he observed his 60th birthday April 16 and just a week before friends and admirers were planning to gather for a benefit to help defer his medical expenses.
The organizers confirmed Tuesday that the event will go on as planned at 3Wire Bar and Grill at Yampa Valley Regional Airport.
“Pat was so young,” his daughter-in-law Katie Mayle said Tuesday. “But he went in a peaceful way.”
Event organizer Marti Hamilton said the response from the community already has been gratifying.
“If I ever get sick, I want to get sick here,” Hamilton said. “The community’s generosity has been overwhelming. It’s a tribute to Patrick as a person, but a tribute to the community, as well.”
Patrick Mayle and his wife, Teresa, are longtime residents of Hayden who raised two daughters and two sons, Ashley, Eric, Carie and Josh, in the community, and now there are three grandchildren, as well. Mayle’s mother, Eleanor McLean, also is surviving.
Mayle was known for his teasing sense of humor and his love of camping, hiking and fishing in the mountains and valleys of Northwest Colorado.
Katie Mayle, who is married to Josh, said Patrick had been diagnosed with ocular cancer in 2011, resulting in the removal of his right eye. He had been seeing a specialist annually since then. So, the presence of cancer in his liver came as a surprise to his family.
“He barely quit working a month and a half ago,” Katie said. “Everybody we talk to says he was the sweetest man, the nicest guy they ever met. He was cordial to everyone.”
“Our father always instilled in us his love of nature and its beauty — rock hunting, wildlife seeking, antler hunts, boating, camping, hiking, fishing, gardening and exploring,” Josh Mayle said. “It was our lifestyle due to our dad’s passion. Dad would always be saying, ‘The mountains are calling, and I must go.’”
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