Utah Golf is one big family, and one of its family, Pat Dehlin, passed away from cancer on May 27th. It’s a sad day for the Utah golf family. He epitomized family. Family was at his core and the Utah golf family has been enhanced by the Dehlin family. Pat and his wife Jeanne raised a family of golfers.
For many of his years Pat could be seen on the golf course supporting his children in the Utah Junior Golf Association, two of whom have become central figures in Utah golf. The family grew up on the Glenmoor Golf Course near their family home.
Devin Dehlin is a former head professional at Meadowbrook and Old Mill and Director of Golf at Salt Lake County, and is currently Foundation and Operations Director of the Utah Section PGA, and Darci Dehlin Olsen is currently the only woman head professional in Utah, holding that position at the Roosevelt Golf Course. Other children, Danna and Dustin were also active participants in the Utah Junior Golf Association.
Pat was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year and several surgeries didn’t stop its fast progress. The Utah golf family extends its sympathy and respect to the Dehlin family.
The obituary as published in the Salt Lake Tribune is printed below.
Pat Dehlin, passed away May 27, 2012 after a brutal battle with cancer. “Sweets” was born on March 4, 1945 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Frank Clifton and Helen Dehlin.
The 2nd of 3 children, he graduated from Bingham High School where he was a star athlete in basketball, baseball and football. BHS is also where he met his sweetheart Jeanne Anderson. He then went on to attend SUSC. Later Pat & Jeanne were married in the Salt Lake Temple, August 6, 1965.
Pat has always been an amazing athlete and passed it on to his children and those he coached. He could get fired up and turn it on! We love that about him. That passion transferred over to his love of the Gospel. He loved to serve in his various church callings, service missions, and was currently serving on the Stake High Council for the past 3 years. His testimony was displayed every day with his selfless service and love for his wife and family.
Pat was just awarded his 30 year recognition from Westco-Bakemark. He was an amazing salesman in his field and over the years developed close relationships with his customers.
Another passion of Pat’s was service and charity. He was always giving to everyone around him and especially enjoyed serving with his wife Jeanne. Together they completed 21 years running the opening night foods with the Festival of Trees, which is a charity to benefit Primary Children’s Medical Center. Pat was a generous philanthropist in many worthy causes. More importantly, he was more than willing to give of his time to uplift and inspire others.
Pat taught his family to work hard and have fun. Pat never backed down from competition in anything. The competition never stopped even on the golf course with his family. Pat enjoyed season tickets with the Utah Jazz and Utah Football. Go Utes! Pat was a great outdoorsman and most recently enjoyed throwing a hopper on the river. Pat’s quick wit and one-liners had the ability to bring smiles and laughter to those he knew as well as complete strangers. Pat loved to coach his kids and most of all his grandkids both on and off the field. We will have many more rounds of golf to enjoy together and will carry on his same fire for life, sports, the gospel and most of all family. We will never stop loving you! Thanks Dad!
Survived by his wife and best friend Jeanne; children Devin Dehlin (Joanne), Danna Miller (Mark), Dustin Dehlin (Kristy), Darci Olsen (Joey); 12 grandchildren; siblings Debbie Hanson and Larry Dehlin. Pat was preceded in death by his parents Frank Clifton and Helen Dehlin.
Funeral services Saturday, June 2, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at Glenmoor Stake Center, 4147 West Skye Dr., South Jordan, UT. Viewings on Friday June 1, from 6-8 p.m. at Jenkins-Soffe Funeral Home, 1007 W South Jordan Parkway, South Jordan and one hour prior to services at the church. Interment: Larkin Sunset Gardens. Donations may be made in Pat’s name to Primary Children’s Medical Center, P.O. Box 58149, SLC, UT 84158.
Article provided by The Utah Golf Association. Obituary published in Salt Lake Tribune from May 30 to May 31, 2012