Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Patrick "Pat" Luckett was born in Wichita Falls, Texas. He and his wife, Eleanor raised four children in the Houston area where he worked as the Vice President of Marketing for Rockwell International, the company who manufactured the space shuttle. His focus was in utilities, water/waste water and gas and he spent a good deal of time traveling. He claims to have been "around the world" twice. Pat has lived in Austin since 1980.

As a corporal in the Marine Corp, Pat saw action in two pivotal battles of WWII, the Battle of Guam (1944) and the Battle of Iwo Jima (1945). He is a decorated war hero, including a Purple Heart for injuries sustained during the Battle of Iwo Jima. Following his service, Pat enrolled at Baylor University and is a proud graduate. 

One of Pat's funniest memories from his children's youth is when their family made a move from Houston, Texas to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In that year, he estimates that they bought over twenty-three coats, a shocking number to someone who came from the temperate climate of Texas.

Pat's greatest feat of late was killing two wild turkeys with one shot at Ted Turner's ranch. After my last visit with him, he said he had phoned the ranch to ask about coming again and the lady on the phone responded, "Oh Mr. Luckett, you're famous out here at the ranch!"

An excellent conversationalist and avid entertainer, Pat's year as Deacon Chair is remembered as a time of re-engagement and a pure and joyful experience, especially his jovial singing of hymns, even when he didn't know all the words. 

Pat is always open for a visit and has a wonderful porch with a view of the wilderness behind his home in Buda. If you're lucky, he might even take you to the Salt Lick.


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