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Patrick Dooley

September 2, 1948 — November 30, 2020

Private family graveside has taken place at Woodbine Cemetery for Patrick Timothy Dooley of Artesia, New Mexico.

Mr. Dooley, 72, died November 30, 2020 at his home in Artesia.

Patrick was born September 2, 1948 in Artesia N.M., the son of William Dooley and Sylvia (Kershaw) Dooley.

On July 25, 1986  he was married to Paula Johnson in Carlsbad, New Mexico.

Patrick worked in the oil field business as his father before him and his Grandfather William Joseph Dooley, who was co-founder of Yates and Dooley Pioneer Real Estate And Oil Men Leases.

In 1924 William J. Dooley and Martin Yates Jr completed the Illinois # 3 well which become the first successful well in the Southeast Eddy County of New Mexico, also was the first commercial oil well on State Land in New Mexico.

Earlier on in his marriage to Paula he would like to rock climb, which came to a quick stop when he almost fell which ended the rock climbing. He did have an eye for rocks, old, odd shaped, any rock that caught his eye, it came home with him then the story would begin where he found this unusual rock.

Patrick continued working  is oil wells until December of 1990 when he was in a horrific MVA, which ended his oil field business. Patrick went to  Eastern New Mexico University in Roswell, New Mexico where he studied electronics and graduated in 1995.
Patrick continue to enjoy life in so many ways, one was his love for cooking, which I was thrilled for this. He would come up with such delicious meals, he even made hamburgers taste out of this world. He was the chef, I was the clean up lady, it was worth it.

He was an avid reader, there would be a couple of Science Fiction books by his recliner, by his nite stand, this man had the books.
One thing Pat enjoyed was conversations with my sister, Patty over politics. The telephone line was burning when those two got together. So thankful for my sister for she enjoyed their talks.

Pat shared a close personal relationship with God.   He knew one day he would meet his Savior, he would be ready. God was merciful to him and too me.


I remember my husband as a very unique man, gentleman in all his ways. He was a quiet, private man, kept to himself. As most of you know him as Paula Dooley's husband, even though Pat was a native born and raised in Artesia, New Mexico, as for myself, transplant from Peoria, Illinois. This wonderful man was a father and a mother of two small children before I came into his life. Working making a living with his 2 small children in an old Chevy pickup truck heading off to work. Must admit you don't see that everyday. There are so many things this man has done but the most important thing was making me his wife, who I am honored of being part of this man's life ups and downs it didn't matter. God put me where I was needed. I thank God for this for it was a love story of complete opposites that needed each other. What a ride this marriage was. Thank-you Pat for your endless love and patience. You made me a better person and I thank-you for this.

He was preceded in death by both parents, and his only daughter, Florence Lorraine Gibson.

He is survived by his wife, Paula; one son Patrick (Lupita, Serenity and Victoria) of Roswell New Mexico. Granddaughter Elora Rose Gibson of South Carolina, Grandson Evan Riley Gibson of Artesia, New Mexico, Uncle Clyde "Sonny Hope and wife JoLynn, Aunt Alice Bains of California.

The Dooley family would like to thank the Artesia Ambulance service, Artesia General Hospital staff, Jami from Encompass, and social worker Yvonne.

Memorial contributions may be made to Encompass Health and Hospice, 220 S. Canal St. Ste B, Carlsbad, NM 88220.

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