Patrick Ray Descheemaeker, 46, a central Montana rancher, died in a tragic accident at the Descheemaeker ranch on Monday, June 13, 2011 near Lewistown. Pat was a man with many deep passions. He loved to run and was a gifted and natural athlete. It was a passion he shared with his wife, Melissa, and the youth of central Montana. In recent years, he was the assistant coach for the Fergus High cross-country team. He instilled his zest for running in the kids he coached.
He also loved ranching. Pat knew by the time he was a fifth-grader that he wanted to be a rancher. He carried on his grandfather Charlie’s legacy by raising registered and commercial Hereford cattle, but soon foresaw the need for change in his breeding program. He started genetically experimenting with different breeds of cattle, eventually designing a new breed of cattle, which became Tendermax Beef.
Pat’s love of the ranch was surpassed only by his steadfast love for his family. He was a loyal and loving husband to his wife, Melissa of 23 years, and his children Jamie and Bo. He was incredibly proud of them and openly expressed this pride to others and to them.
Truly, no one was a stranger to Pat. He was a man with an open door and an open heart. In honor of Pat his family has set up a scholarship fund for Fergus High and Grass Range graduates. Checks may be made out to Central Montana Foundation with a notation signifying the check is specifically in Pat’s memory.
Survivors include his wife, Melissa; his children, Jamie and Bo; his parents, Molly and Larry; his grandmother Ann; and his brothers Dennis (Kris), Scott (Nancy), Paul (Mary), and Gregg (Lynda); his mother-in-law Karen Muri; brother-in-law Rich (Theresa) Muri; sister-in-laws Tammy Muri (Rick Free) and Jeanette (Jerry) Hollis and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ima and Clarence Wallace and Charlie Descheemaeker and father-in-law Bob Muri.
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