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Old 04-21-2021, 01:59 PM   #1
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Yesterday we lost Matt Patek (known here on TBH as double lung) in a tragic vehicle accident. Aside from a very large group of friends, Matt left behind 3 beautiful young daughters, and his amazing wife Stephanie. They all recently lost Matt's dad, and are obviously all heartbroken, as we are for them. Please include the entire Patek family in your prayers now, and for the foreseeable future, as they take on this unimaginable loss.



Many of you will remember Matt from the good old days around here, from Bownanzas, late night green screen foolery, and potentially from some antics involving a golf bet and a bad tatoo. Matt's zest for life, and appetite for a good time were only surpassed by his fierce love and loyalty to his girls, and Steph, and his friends.

I've never had anyone drop into my life and immediately ingrain themselves in so many aspects of it, as Matt and family did when they moved from Moulton to Mansfield several years ago. Within months they joined my family and several others on annual vacations to the beach, they joined our deer lease, and we travelled with them to Rockport to Matt and his dad's place, my friends/family instantly became his, and vice versa. Like we'd all known each other forever.

Over the last 4 or 5 years, and it has been my pleasure to watch the girls grow, and learn. They are among my son's very best friends. I got to be there when Abryn (the oldest) shot her 1st deer, buck, and turkey. Matt was there for many of my son's 1sts, as well as his 1st trout and redfish from Matt's boat, at their place in Rockport. Ryen has been getting ready to start stacking critters, and Parker was definitely the first infant we've ever welcomed to deer camp. Multiple times a week we shared bragging texts about our kids, and talked often about how lucky we were to have them. We had more big plans for the coming year...

Steph and the girls will have all of the support the rest of us can offer moving forward, no doubt led by Matt's best friend of 30 some odd years Anthony Weeaks, known to you here as Ground Checkin' Heavies. But they will need all the prayers everyone can muster.

I'm sure we'll drop some stories and pictures in here over the next several days to remember our friend, if you have any, please share.


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Old 04-21-2021, 02:02 PM   #2
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Dang. Sorry to hear. Prayers for family/friends and may he rest in peace.
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Old 04-21-2021, 02:04 PM   #3
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Shocking news yesterday when we heard.

RiP Matt. You will be greatly missed.

My condolences to his friends and family.

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Old 04-21-2021, 02:04 PM   #4
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So sad to hear, prayers up for all of his family and friends.
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Old 04-21-2021, 02:07 PM   #5
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Old 04-21-2021, 02:08 PM   #6
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Old 04-21-2021, 02:10 PM   #7
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Prayers up for his family and friends. RIP Sir!
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Old 04-21-2021, 02:11 PM   #8
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Old 04-21-2021, 02:13 PM   #9
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Old 04-21-2021, 02:13 PM   #10
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RIP and prayers for his family.
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Old 04-21-2021, 02:14 PM   #11
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Man what a sad day!

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Old 04-21-2021, 02:16 PM   #12
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Man, this is horrible news...I got to hang out with Matt @ mesquite country's ranch several years ago. That is one guy that likes to have fun & can create instant memorable stories to share. So sad!! Prayers for family & friends.

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Old 04-21-2021, 02:17 PM   #13
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Oh man, I hate to hear this! Praying for his family and friends.
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Old 04-21-2021, 02:18 PM   #14
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Old 04-21-2021, 02:19 PM   #15
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Terrible news. RIP sir. Prayers sent
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Old 04-21-2021, 02:20 PM   #16
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Old 04-21-2021, 02:21 PM   #17
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Prayers up for Matt and his family. Also, prayers up for you and your family, Dale.
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Old 04-21-2021, 02:23 PM   #18
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Thanks for taking time to share the news here, Dale. This is difficult news for all of us that knew Matt from TBH and spent time with him at Bownanza and TBH Golf Tourneys, but I can't even begin to imagine how devastated his girls must be. Prayers for peace and comfort for all of his girls, including Steph.

I know this is difficult for you and your family, as well, Dale. We're sending a few up for y'all, as well.

Please keep us posted on arrangements, if you can.

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Old 04-21-2021, 02:23 PM   #19
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I had the occasion or two to be around Patek also and he was a good one. His family and my family grow up in the same area. It's hard to hear news like this. Prayers for his wife and daughters.
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Old 04-21-2021, 02:24 PM   #20
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Old 04-21-2021, 02:25 PM   #21
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It hurts today, just as much as it hurt yesterday, and will for a long time going forward. He was one of the coolest dudes I ever had the pleasure to hang out with. He would put his arm around you, treat you like his best friend even if you had not seen each other in a year. Every time I reach in the cooler for a Lone Star, there is no doubt he will come to mind. I might even wrap a bandanna around my head from time to time.

Prayers to Stephanie, the girls, his family and friends. You can often tell the life a person lived by the impact they have when they leave us, and there's no doubt the impact he left.
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Old 04-21-2021, 02:25 PM   #22
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That was extremely tough news to hear yesterday.

Rest in peace my friend.
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Old 04-21-2021, 02:25 PM   #23
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So sad...Prayers Sent....
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Old 04-21-2021, 02:26 PM   #24
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Dale, this was extremely eloquently written. The picture you painted of your friend was well written. I am so sorry for your , his family, and all who knew him.
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Old 04-21-2021, 02:31 PM   #25
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Man, what a character he was the few times I got to be around him. Patek on Patek was legendary stuff.

I'm sure he was an amazing friend, husband, and dad gone way too soon.

Many thoughts and prayers for his family and friends.
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Old 04-21-2021, 02:42 PM   #27
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I hate this for everyone involved. Praying for this sweet family.
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Old 04-21-2021, 02:46 PM   #28
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Prayers sent to all his family and friends. Sounds like a great guy.
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Old 04-21-2021, 02:46 PM   #29
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Always tough to hear about the good ones taken too soon. RIP and prayers for his family
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Very sad to hear. Praying for everyone
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Old 04-21-2021, 02:47 PM   #31
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Old 04-21-2021, 02:48 PM   #32
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Iím still in shock from when I heard the news yesterday. The first time I met him at Bownanza he was exactly how Dale described. Sadly I didnít know him well but considered him a great guy and a friend to everyone. He had a personality like none other thatís for sure.

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Old 04-21-2021, 02:49 PM   #33
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I am very sorry to hear this. My deepest sympathies to his family and loved ones.
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Old 04-21-2021, 02:50 PM   #34
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****, just ****.

Thoughts and prayers. Kinda a loss for words.
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Old 04-21-2021, 02:52 PM   #36
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Very sad. Prayers to the family.
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Old 04-21-2021, 02:52 PM   #37
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Sad news. Dang it. Prayers up for the Patek family and all of Matt's friends.
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Old 04-21-2021, 02:53 PM   #38
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This sux to hear!

He was one of the good guys for sure!
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Old 04-21-2021, 02:53 PM   #39
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Old 04-21-2021, 02:53 PM   #40
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Old 04-21-2021, 02:54 PM   #41
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Dang. He always gave me a hard time, just like any good friend would do.
He was a good dude. You'll be greatly missed, my friend.

Prayers up for Steph and the girls.
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Old 04-21-2021, 02:58 PM   #43
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Prayers up for this family.
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Old 04-21-2021, 02:58 PM   #44
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Prayers for sure, very sad.


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Old 04-21-2021, 03:02 PM   #45
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Sad news for sure... prayers for the girls, wife, family, and friends. Like some others, didn’t know him personally, but no matter, it wasn’t hard to tell he was one of the good ones! And all these comments from those who did personally know him proves that to be true in spades. God, help all these whose hearts are hurting to know that Your healing grace conquers all. God Bless, Rusty
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Prayers sent for the family. Heartbreaking news
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Old 04-21-2021, 03:03 PM   #47
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Praying for the Patek family.

Lord please bring them the peace and comfort that only your Loving Hands can bring
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Prayers up for Matt’s family. Also, prayers up for you and your family, Dale.
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Old 04-21-2021, 03:06 PM   #50
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I will always love and miss my friend, Patek.
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