photo by Yvonne Hollenbeck
It is with great sadness that we report that top cowboy poetPat Richardson. He is mourned by countless friends and fans.
Pat's life was a testament to the human spirit. He raised himself from a hardscrabble and difficult life, overcame the challenge of polio, and led an early, colorful cowboying and rodeo life. He was an artist and cartoonist. His deadpan humor, which often pushed the boundaries of political correctness, delighted a legion of fans.
Pat was fiercely loyal to his friends and family and was a quietly devout and generous man. His passing, and the recent losses of his friends Glenn Ohrlin and Walt LaRue, mark the end of an era. Their stories will live on.
An obituary tells, "...Pat was well-known as fair in business, a hard worker and quick and creative thinker, and above all as an honest man. Pat's true gift was his artistic ability, mainly cowboy poetry; his ability to interject his own experience, wit and wisdom into his art left him in a class all his own....Services will be held at noon on Thursday, April 14th at the United Methodist Church of Merced..."
He will be greatly missed.
© 2015, Jessica Lifland, used with permission; jessicalifland.com
Pat Richardson, third from left, regales DW Groethe, Rodney Nelson, and Baxter Black
© 2015, Sweet Light Photography, used with permission; sweetlightphotography.com
Pat Richardson, second from left, laughs in response to Rodney Nelson. Also pictured, Janice Gilbertson, Jess Howard, and Bob Petermann
Academy of Western Artists' (AWA)
Best Male Poet
Book and Recordings
Pen and Ink Drawings
Pat Richardson's web site