STAYTON — Patrick Arthur Tabor, 80, a parishioner at Immaculate Conception, died of natural causes March 6 in Salem. There was a funeral Mass at Immaculate Conception.
Mr. Tabor was born Aug. 5, 1936, in Los Angeles. As a young man, Patrick enjoyed all sports and that led to teaching various sports fitness programs for the Portland Parks and Recreation Department. It also led to coaching football, basketball, and baseball at the high school and junior college level. Patrick discovered his interest in history at age 10.
He graduated from St. Patrick's elementary school, Central Catholic High School, Multnomah Junior College, and Portland State College from which he earned a Bachelor's of Science Degree in History and Physical Education.
He earned a Master's Degree in History from Southern Oregon College. He taught in a number of Catholic high schools and enjoyed a 30-year career teaching history at Chemeketa Community College in Salem. October 17 was a significant date in his life. On that date in 1954 he joined the United States Naval Reserve and served 8 years as a yeoman.
He married Carol Helene O'Brien Oct. 17, 1959, in Portland. They shared their love for each other and their Catholic faith, resulting in 57 years of marriage. They enjoyed many common activities but encouraged each other to pursue their individual interests.
Their marriage was blessed with seven children: Michael, Patrick, Richard, Ann, James, Stephen, and Edward.
He loved his children's spouses and delighted in his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Interment was at St. Mary Cemetery, Stayton.