Patrick Odie Castro was born January 9, 1968 to Ralph & Darlene Castro. He left this world September 26, 2019.
He was raised in California and on the Kaibab Indian Reservation. He graduated from Fredonia High School and joined the Army serving from 1986 to 1989.
Pat decided to go to school and further his education, he moved to the Phoenix area. While in Phoenix, he met and married Sandy Ross and gained a daughter, Santee Ross. From this union two more children were added to the family, Natalie Ross & John Whitehair. Pat & Sandy also took care of Toland Mayo, Pat’s cousin.
They were later divorced and life took a different direction for Pat. He returned to the surrounding area and worked in different jobs, tile finisher (he was the tile god), worked in the solar business and maintenance of apartments & tribal buildings. He served on the Kaibab Paiute Tribal Council. Pat decided to return to school and became a certified HVAC in Salt Lake City, UT. During this time, he helped his sister raise her twins and helped his brothers and sister-in-law, when they needed it, because that was the kind of person that he was, always willing to help.
Patrick began his journey on the Red Road on November 17, 2002 at the VA Hospital in Salt Lake City. He sustained his 16 years of sobriety by living the 12 steps; attending and being of service in 12 Step meetings at the Al-Anon Club in St George; many meeting places in Las Vegas, but his favorites were the Las Vegas Indian Center and the T.I.E. Club; at the Altered Attitudes and Singleness of Purpose meetings in Kanab; the Fellowship Hall and VA Hospital meetings in SLC; but his home group was always the Kaibab Living Sober group on the Kaibab Paiute Reservation. Patrick was grateful to everyone who helped him stay sober. Patrick lived a life of service and he was instrumental and tiling the floors for a remodel at the Al-Anon Club in St George. He also use to buy pizzas for the homeless folks that attended meetings at the TIE club in Vegas. His cousin asked him recently what he would do differently if he had the chance and he said he would find ways to be of more service to others. Patrick continued attending meetings during his year long battle with leukemia. The last meeting he attended was on The Kaibab Reservation on Tuesday September 24 – 2 days before he passed. Patrick loved being sober and he really wanted to live to get his 17 year chip this November. Plans are underway to memorialize Patrick’s sobriety on his sobriety date, November 17. His passion for recovery, his smile and laughter will be greatly missed in the meeting rooms and on the Red Road.
Last year he was diagnosed with CML Leukemia and he put up a big fight. He spent a lot of time at the LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah as well as staying in the area to be close to the hospital. Thank goodness his Uncle Rick and family lived in the area there and they helped him pass the time. He made the decision to stop everything and come home, so on September 20, 2019 he came home and started to get his affairs in order, and left this world, September 26, 2019.
He is survived by his brother, Carl Castro, Washington, UT, sister Valencia Castro, Kaibab, AZ, sister in law, Norene Castro, Shivwits Reservation, UT, Children: Boche Castro, St. George, UT, Santee Ross, Canada, Natalie Ross, Polacca, AZ, John Whitehair, Polacca, AZ, four grandchildren, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews, as well as his good friends.
He is proceeded in death by his parents, Ralph Castro, Darlene Mcfee, brother Timothy Castro and his paternal and maternal grandparents.
In honor of Pat’s wishes, he has been cremated and a traditional all-night sing was held on September 29, 2019 at 7:00PM atthe Kaibab Paiute Cry House, Kaibab, Arizona.