Dennis ‘Pat’ Gaylord passed away at Munson Medical Center on Monday, November 22, 2021. He was 85 years old.
Pat was predeceased by his brothers, Larry and Peter Gaylord.
He is survived by his brother W (Tim) Gaylord; sister, Peggy Gilcher; and half-brother, Terry Cooley.
Pat attended Mesick Schools from Kindergarten to Grade 12 and graduated in 1954. After high school, Pat attended Ferris State University, where he played football. He was then transferred to the University of Michigan, where he graduated. He taught as a history teacher at Montague High School and coached football for many years. Pat was very proud of his upbringing and reveled in any victory for his alma mater. Go blue!
Pat had a deep appreciation for nature and was a true outdoorsman. Pat was not afraid to venture into the desert, several times, alone. For years he traveled the northern territories, hiked miles, established his own personal camps, flyfished and carried his canoe.
Pat led with his sense of humor and enjoyed a sharp wit. If Pat has ever made fun of you, it was usually because he loved you. Pat didn’t mind “shaking the pot” or chatting for the sake of chatting; for him, a good-humored challenge was part of the fun. Pat will be sorely missed.
Cremation has taken place and no service will take place.
Condolences and memories can be shared online at www.Hitesman-Holdship.com.
The family is served by Hitesman-Holdship Funeral Home.