Patrick Ochoa

Patrick “Pat” Garcia Ochoa, 81, of Sweet Home, died May 14, 2023.

He was born January 9, 1942, in Pacoima, Calif., the first-born child of Patrick Wolfe and Emma (Garcia) Ochoa. He grew up in the San Fernando Valley area of California in a very large family.

As a youth, he was an avid runner and spent many an hour adventuring with his numerous cousins. After attending Pierce College, Mr. Ochoa worked as a grocery clerk, where he met his wife, Konnie. They moved to Sylmar, Calif., where they lived until moving to Oregon.

Mr. Ochoa shifted careers and became a grade-checker in the construction industry. He enjoyed fishing, boating and camping. He took his family on many lengthy annual camping trips in California and Oregon and made many visits to Sweet Home to visit his wife’s aunt, Deborah Karr, a resident of Sweet Home.

In the late 1970s, Mr. Ochoa moved his family to Sweet Home, where they opened a mobile catering business serving all the area mills. When the logging industry plummeted, he returned to construction for a while, then re-entered the grocery business as clerk for Roth’s Market in Silverton, from which he retired.

Mr. Ochoa loved living in Sweet Home. He would say that he no longer needed to camp because all he had to do was sit in his yard to enjoy the beauty. But he did spend many an hour on Foster Lake, boating, fishing and water skiing. In addition to his outdoor activities, he loved watching sports – live or televised. He was best known for his playful, teasing nature and his dry sense of humor.

Mr. Ochoa is survived by his daughter, Trista Ochoa and son-in-law Steve Blench of Sweet Home; daughter Kelli Dunleavy, also of Sweet Home; sister Marilyn Smith of Auberry, Calif.; and sister Ellen Wolverton and brother Art Ochoa, both of Tollhouse, Calif.

He was preceded in death by both his parents; and his wife, Konnie.

Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.