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Patrick Jerome Moriarty, D.V.M., M.D.

Patrick Jerome Moriarty, D.V.M., M.D.

Patrick Jerome Moriarty, D.V.M., M.D. 63, of Brookings, SD, formerly of Bemidji, MN, passed away Monday, September 10, 2018, at Avera McKennan Hospital, in Sioux Falls, SD. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday, September 15, 2018 at St. John's Catholic Church in Nebish, MN. A visitation will be held prior to the service beginning at 12:30 pm with a Rosary being prayed at 1:30 pm. A second Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 am Monday, September 17, 2018 at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Brookings, SD. Visitation will be held prior to the service beginning at 9:30 am with a Rosary being prayed at 10:30 am. Rude's Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

On April 12th, 1955, Patrick Jerome Moriarty was born in Brookings, South Dakota to John and Bernice (nee Goven) Moriarty. He was the fourth of nine accomplished children. Although he may have passed away at the young age of 63, he lived a faith-filled life full of adventure. He was all about life.

The activities of his childhood became the foundation of his future endeavors and vocations. It was during this time that he discovered his love of wildlife and nature, and found his passion for healing the wounded. The Moriarty and Goven families instilled in him the values of a strong work ethic, self-discipline, loyalty and love of family. While battling leukemia as a teenager, Patrick promised God that if he got better, he would take advantage of every single moment of every single day. And he did just that.

Patrick attended SDSU majoring in animal science in the pursuit of a future as a veterinarian. Thereafter, he attended Kansas State University and obtained his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1980. Upon graduation, he contemplated a future as an orthopedic surgeon but being pragmatic, he realized he needed to pay back school loans and thus headed north to Fairbanks, Alaska. It is here where he would travel to remote areas and fix up wild, exotic, and domestic animals; no animal was excluded. While working as a veterinarian, Patrick met a number of interesting people and pets. However, the most important pet he met was a dog named "Nenana" who belonged to a strikingly beautiful woman named Michele Karaba, a Montessori teacher who had recently moved from her home in Michigan. She was the love of his life. They were married in 1989.

With the encouragement and nudging of his wife and family, he started medical school at Creighton University at the age 35. After completing medical school he was accepted into the residency program at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, where he achieved the position of Chief Orthopedic Resident. His training also included sports medicine and hand surgery fellowships. During his medical training, Patrick and Michele were blessed with three beautiful children Gregory Jerome, Matthew Phillip, and Natalie Michele. Upon completion of his medical training, Patrick sought a town much like his beloved Brookings in which to raise his family. He found this in Bemidji, MN.

Patrick and Michele established their home, raised their children and participated in their parish and community. Patrick was employed at North Country Regional Hospital as an orthopedic surgeon. In his practice, no surgery was beyond his skill. He worked long hours treating patients all hours of the day and night. He took great pride in knowing that he helped people to alleviate their pain and thereby improving their quality of life. He was a GREAT doctor!

In 2008, Patrick's family suffered the great loss of his beloved wife, Michele, due to illness. Thereafter, he continued his full-time medical practice, maintained his household, and reared his three teenagers. Patrick's parenting style was unique. The children's time spent with friends had to be productive. There was no such thing as just "hanging out." Also, friends of the family were often invited to their home, but soon found that upon arrival, meals were contingent upon the completion of the daily chores. However, the food was always worth the wait, because Patrick was an excellent cook due to the many hours that he had spent in his mother's kitchen, working by her side.

As a child, Patrick displayed an enormous sense of humor, often playing pranks on his siblings and friends. As a teenager, he desired to keep a hawk that he had found, so he slyly gave it to his mother as a birthday present and pre-named it Martha, a name his mother favored. Naturally, she had to accept the gift, at least for a short time. He was also quite a romantic, taking his wife on a date to the local dump to dispose of trash. In true South Dakota style, he gave his wife a stuffed jackalope head for her birthday. While in Alaska, he often worked long hours and when his assistants and friends questioned why he was working in the middle of the night, he responded, "Sleep is optional!"

In his spare time, he enjoyed working around his home, creating his castle on the lake to be enjoyed by his family and friends. He was so proud of his home. In recent years, he enjoyed traveling with his family and friends to faraway places for deep-sea fishing, hunting and seeing the sights of the world.

This past year Patrick returned to Brookings to work at Brookings Avera Clinic. It was here that he reconnected with many old friends of the family who relayed stories of his parents, his grandma, Cecilia Moriarty and his uncle, Paul Moriarty. These stories brought back many memories of Patrick working at the Bunny Wash'n Dry, Campus Pharmacy, City Drug, Ben Franklin and John Moriarty's family apple orchard. He treasured hearing these memories and confirmed his belief that Brookings is truly someplace special and his home.

Patrick is survived by his children, Gregory of Brighton, CO, Matthew of Bemidji, MN, and Natalie of Duluth, MN, his siblings, David (Jennifer) of Brookings, SD, Mary of Brookings, SD, the Hon. Joan Moriarty (Gregory) and husband Thomas of St. Louis, MO, Leo (Eleanor) Moriarty, D.D.S. of Summerset, SD, Gerard (Jean) Moriarty of Brookings, SD, Michael (Maya) Moriarty, D.D.S., of Seward, AK, many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. He is also survived by many friends that he made a part of his family. Patrick is preceded in death by his loving wife, his parents, brothers, J. Gregory Moriarty, M.D., Charles X. Moriarty, D.D.S., infant brothers; Mathew, Mark and Phillip.

Patrick always demanded much of himself and always gave his very best in everything he did. He expected the same from others. He was a teacher at heart, always giving of himself and his time to people. Everyone was worthy of his time and talent no matter the walk of life they came from . . . this is the "Moriarty Way."

He is already missed by many and we know that his legacy will live on. Our family sincerely appreciates all the support, love, and prayers we have received over the last few months.

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