Patrick M. Purinton
Date: Friday February 22, 2019
Time: 11:00 am
Location: River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home [ view map ]
A light lunch will be served starting at 12:00pm following the memorial gathering.
Sunday, December 19, 1948
Date of Death:
Saturday, February 16, 2019
70 years old
Patrick M. Purinton
Patrick Michael Purinton, age 70, of Rochester, passed away peacefully with his family by his side at St. Marys Hospital on February 16, 2019.
Pat was born on December 19, 1948 in Belle Plaine, MN to Ralph and Carol (Olson) Purinton. He graduated from John Marshall High School in 1966. Pat worked at various places including Adler’s Sporting Goods, Rochester State Hospital and Rochester Civic Center. He retired from Mayo Clinic Labs after over 26 years. In 1979, he married Paulette Holmen. He absolutely loved nature, especially turkey hunting. Above all, he loved his family, especially visiting his grandchildren.
He is survived by his four children, Sarah Towey of Rochester, Matt (Amy) Purinton of Ramsey, MN, Joshua (Nicole) Purinton of Blaine, MN, and Mike (Maggie) Purinton of Dodge Center; grandchildren, Miranda, Donovan, Alex, Vincent, Jackson, Daniel, McKenzy and Quintin; and his sister, Karen Hanson of Bovey, MN.
He is preceded in death by his parents; his brother, David; and sister, Cheryl.
A memorial gathering for Pat will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, February 22, 2019 in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home. A light lunch will begin at 12:00 p.m.
Memorials are preferred to diabetes research at the Mayo Clinic or American Heart Association.
The family of Patrick M. Purinton has received the following condolences.
RIP Pat, saw the obit from my brother Reid, and flashed back on so many memories from years ago. My family lived close to Pat, and my brother and I had many fun times with Pat and other friends from the neighborhood, from baseball pick up games to building forts in the woods nearby. We had a place that we enjoyed tubing down the Zumbro river, upstream from Soldiers Field golf course. We named it PEPURSUL, after Pederson, Purington, and Sullivan. Even though we lost touch after my family moved from Rochester, Reid and I have very fond memories of Pat and the times we had together growing up. Times have changed since those days, but the memories of those alive will live on.
Our condolences to the family-Gregg & Reid Pederson
My condolences to the family. I worked with Pat at MML at Mayo Clinic. He was always a joy to work with. During Christmas Pat would bring out his battery operated stuffed animals at work. It would put smiles on worker's faces. I also enjoyed his humor. So sorry for your loss.
My thoughts and prayers to the entire Purinton family. I had the pleasure of working with Pat at Mayo. He was the best part of the evening. We had a lot of great talks and solved a lot of the worlds problems. ?. I had the pleasure of running in to he and Mike a few months ago. I was so very happy we had a few minutes to chat and catch up. He will be missed.
Many fond memories of working with Pat at Adler's. Rest in peace my friend.
My sympathies to the family. I worked with Pat at Mayo Clinical Labs and even though I left the area years ago I often find myself thinking of Pat, especially when I would see wild turkeys. He made an impact on everyone who knew him. Pat, you finally won the lottery!!!! Your memory will live on in the lives of many people.
I worked with Pat at Mayo Clinic for several years and was deeply saddened upon hearing the news. As I reflected on our past conversations... I couldn't help but smile. He would make you smile if you were down and remind you that tomorrow was another opportunity to get it right, that is the Pat I knew and remember. If I sent him on a midnight stat run, he would say, "I may have to stop for breakfast on the way back." I would tell him that he better not come back without my breakfast too, we would have a good laugh and keep working. I pray his family takes comfort in knowing that he touched many lives......
I worked with Pat at Mayo. I was going to be his "chauffeur" in Las Vegas, when he hit it big on the Powerball.. Every Wednesday and Saturday, he would say "its been nice knowing you, its my last day". He had a heart of gold and will be missed.. We loved his maple longjohns he would pick up from Cub Foods for a treat..my condolences..Wendy Kapustik
Pat was one of the first people I met when I started at Mayo 24 years ago. I looked forward to him arriving and telling us all, "Well, this will be my last day. I'm winning the lottery tonight!" We spent many a day processing samples and moving from station to station. Pat was a great guy with a big heart. My condolences and prayers for peace for you and your family.
Mike, i was so saddened to hear of the passing of your Dad. I so enjoyed all the stories he would tell and how someday he was going to win the lottery and by pizza for the lab. He got me through a lot of days at MML. My prayers go out to you and your family.
Mike, I am so sorry to hear about your dad! I only got to work with him for a few months but enjoyed talking and getting to know him. I loved his personality! You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
I am so sorry to hear of Pat's passing. I worked with him for many years and he loved giving me a hard time!!!
We always planned on a trip to Vegas with our spouses after he won the lottery. I'm sure he is up there in heaven chasing those turkeys and hitting those slot machines in Vegas!
You will be missed Pat!!!
I was his grandson, he mailed me money on my birthday and some custom holidays, I will be coming to the funeral with me skipping school on Friday, R.I.P. :(
My deepest condolences for the entire family. Pat was an amazing and caring man! He will truely be missed.
Sending prayers and hugs to all.
In my thoughts