Patrick Todd Crosby, 57, was born February 24, 1965, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the first-born child of Patrick Frost and Sylvia (Mangus) Crosby. He passed away Thursday, February 16, 2023, in Salt Lake City, Utah—about a week shy of his 58th birthday.
Named Todd Mangus Crosby at birth, “Todd,” spent the early years of his life in Colorado Springs, Colorado; Anchorage, Alaska; Laramie, Wyoming; Racine, Wisconsin; and Syracuse, New York. The family moved “home” to Lovell, Wyoming just in time for him to start Kindergarten at the age of 5. Todd grew up and went to school in Lovell, graduating from Lovell High School in 1983. Following high school, Todd attended Rick’s College for a semester before leaving to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Illinois Chicago Mission, Spanish Speaking.
Todd legally changed his name to Patrick Todd Crosby in March of 1989, just prior to joining the US Army. He thereafter became known as “Pat” to those outside of Lovell. Pat honorably served his country as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division. While in the service, he saw combat during Operation Just Cause (1989 invasion of Panama) and was deployed to Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm.
Pat settled in Utah after his discharge, finding employment with the US Postal Service in the Salt Lake City Remote Encoding Center (REC). After spending time as a supervisor at the REC facility, Pat was transferred downtown to the USPS administrative office. Pat greatly enjoyed his time with the Postal Service and was recognized for his contributions.
While working at the REC facility, Pat met the love of his life, Kimberly Jo Lamoreaux. They were married in Salt Lake City, Utah, on August 25, 1997, and made their permanent home in West Valley City, Utah. Pat and Kim were blessed with 9 children, the majority of which they were able to adopt and have sealed to them for time and all eternity. They also had the privilege to love and care for many foster children over the years. The young family suffered the untimely death of Kimberly on June 20, 2016. In many ways, Pat never fully recovered from her passing. Though his death is likewise premature, a certain peace comes from knowing they are together again.
Pat played football and wrestled in high school, in addition to participating in band, choir and debate. Away from school he enjoyed playing the piano and practicing martial arts. Because of the hours he spent with his nunchucks and fighting stick–wearing a folded bandana, of course–he was affectionately dubbed a “ninja” by his brother. Later in life, golf became his passion. He loved being on the course with his dear friends, and when possible, his younger brothers. He also enjoyed playing board games, cooking, and watching/attending sporting events. His greatest joy, however, was being surrounded by family visiting or singing around the piano.
Pat was a devoted member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He used his musical talent to write a number of inspirational songs which demonstrate his love for the Lord and serve as a personal witness of his faith in Christ. He served in a number of positions for the Church, including Bishop of the Hunter 5th Ward in West Valley.
Pat will be remembered as a burnt marshmallow–a bit crusty on the outside, but soft and gooey on the inside. Though he could be a bit gruff at times, he was also extremely tender and loving. His complete and unconditional love is especially meaningful to his children. He will also be remembered as a loving son and brother, a dear friend, a cook, a comedian, a golfer, and a man of faith.
Pat is survived by his nine beloved children, Samantha Renee (Chris) Mullen, Jessica Vickie (Zach) Lucas, Alexis Sylvia (Luke) Zander, and Beyonce Nicole, Zachary Patrick, Breanna Jo, Alyssa Amerie, Chasten John, and Jordan Samuel Crosby; his parents, Patrick Frost and Sylvia Mangus Crosby; siblings, Christine (Mike) Jameson, Curtis (Blythe) Crosby, Amy (Clinton) Pollock, Anthony (Kelli) Crosby, and Nicholas (Aimee) Crosby; his grandson, Wesley Patrick Zander; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Viewing will take place on Tuesday, February 21, 2023, from 6-8pm, and again from 9-10:30am on Wednesday, February 22nd, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 5000 W Pavant Avenue, West Valley City, Utah. A funeral service will follow at 11am also at the Church. Interment will occur in the Cowley Cemetery in Cowley, Wyoming, on Friday, February 24th, at 2pm. In lieu of flowers, friends may, if they wish, contribute in Pat’s memory to the Crosby Children Benefit using Venmo @CrosbyChildrenBenefit.
Services can be watched using the following link: https://youtube.com/live/mH0q-T0AIB4?feature=share
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