Patrick N. Wehmann, 42, passed peacefully from death into eternal life on the 21st of May 2019, at his home in Livermore, Calif., after battling cancer for over three years. A celebration of Patrick’s life will be held on June 1, at 10 in the morning, at Valley Community Church, 4455 Del Valle Parkway in Pleasanton, Calif.
Patrick was born in York, Pa., on May 31, 1976, to one proud mother, Betty Hildick. In 1981, Betty married Mark Wehmann and he became Patrick’s earthly father. Together, the new family moved across the country to California. Patrick grew up in Livermore, attending St. Michael School and Livermore High School. He made lifelong friends in high school and loved telling us the same stories over and over from his high school football games and wrestling matches. In 1994, at age 17, Patrick joined the U.S. Marine Corps. He served his country faithfully and his character was shaped by those four years. In 1998, he was honorably discharged. In August of 1998, Patrick became a father to his first son, Jesse. He was fiercely loyal, and fatherhood was the most important thing to him. In 2001, while eating dinner at a small Italian restaurant, Patrick spotted a waitress he wanted to date. She said yes and on August 16, 2002, Patrick and Elizabeth were married in Sunol, Calif. In March of 2004, Patrick went with Elizabeth to Valley Bible Church in Pleasanton to watch a young boy they knew be baptized. Here is a piece of what Patrick wrote about that day:
As I listened to the sermon to follow I became angry, uncomfortable and out of place. It was like having a pail of cold water dumped on my head, when I realized I was afraid. I knew the truth of the gospel. I realized that the penalty for my sin would be continued misery in this life and eternal suffering to follow, but despite this and everything I had done, I knew that Jesus Christ had paid for my sins on the cross. I wanted nothing more than to know Jesus Christ and love Him with my whole heart so that I would be forgiven of my sins. It was then that I trusted in Jesus as my Savior.
While all of the dates listed here are important, none can compare to the day that Patrick became a son of the living God. As a man who had struggled with anger, drinking and bitterness, Patrick was truly transformed that day. He was baptized in April of 2004. Patrick was working for an insurance company in Pleasanton, but felt called to preach the gospel. He began the long process of working full time and going to school full time. For years he operated on very little sleep, but he was motivated by his love for the Word and to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. In May of 2007, Patrick graduated Magna Cum Laude from Moody Bible Institute with a degree in Biblical Studies, and three years later, in 2010, Patrick graduated with honors from Western Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree in Expositional Ministry. He loved preaching and took every opportunity given him at Valley Bible Church in Pleasanton to preach. In 2012, a small group from Valley Bible Church planted a campus in Livermore. His desire to pastor a church in his community was realized and he transitioned into the role of campus pastor at Valley Bible Church at the Altamont. His passion for the gospel and helping people understand how to connect their knowledge of God with their hearts was his passion, and the many transformed lives are his legacy. He was far from perfect and never needed to make much of himself, only Jesus. The community of believers at the Altamont loved him dearly and his passion for the gospel.
Over the course of their marriage, Patrick and Elizabeth had five children together making six in total — three boys and then three girls. He was always seen on the baseball field cheering on his sons and helping coach their teams. He loved bringing his kids to Oakland A’s games and watching the Warriors win multiple championships. He spent as much time with his kids as he could, enjoying the loud and chaotic home life they created. In June of 2016, Patrick was diagnosed with synovial sarcoma, a very rare and aggressive form of cancer (it was often joked that it was fitting for Patrick, given his unique personality). In the midst of profound suffering Patrick continued to preach the goodness of God. He never wavered in his faith or commitment to Jesus, trusting that if God would allow him to have cancer He most certainly would use it for good. Patrick was incredibly brave in his battle with cancer. While cancer desired to destroy Patrick, God used it to mold him into a man that resembled Jesus more fully. He last preached on Easter 2019. Thirty days later he breathed his last breath and peacefully entered into the arms of his Savior. Many are certain that Jesus greeted him with a smile and said, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”
Patrick is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, and their six children Jesse (20), Zachary (14), Stephen (12), Eliana (10), Atalie (7) and Arabella (3); his mother and father, Mark and Betty Wehmann; his maternal grandmother Lorraine Hildick and his paternal grandmother Carol Dalley; his in-laws, Paige and Chuck Arnold and his brother in-law and sister in-law Stephen and Cortney Arnold; and his two nieces Zoelle and Tatum.
A very special thank you to Dr. Charlotte Jacobs, Patti Marton RNP, and Dr. Brian Deitrich of the VA in Palo Alto for caring so amazingly well for Patrick. To all of the oncology staff at the VA, you guys are ALL AMAZING!
Thank you to the people of Valley Bible Church who have supported and loved the Wehmann family through this journey. Patrick always said his greatest legacies were his family and the Altamont. You blessed him greatly and loved him well.
Thank you to the staff at Our Savior Lutheran School for loving our children so well and providing a nurturing environment for them as they walk this difficult road. You have done an incredible job showing them the love of Christ.
Thank you to Bea Nolan for adopting Patrick and his family as her grandchildren. He loves you so much! A huge thank you to Joanie Cutchen for caring for Patrick through the hundreds of encouraging notes and prayers and loving on our kids. No words can express our gratitude to Franco and Amanda Gagliardi and their three boys for loving our children like they are their own and giving them a safe place to call home. Thank you for the many, many ways you loved Patrick through this journey until the very end.
Callaghan Mortuary is honored to be serving the Wehmann family. An online guestbook is available for condolences at www.callaghanmortuary.com.