NLJ Staff

May 7, 1941–Nov. 7, 2022

Patrick Henry Brennan III, 81, of Newcastle, Wyo., passed away early Monday, Nov. 7, 2022, at Weston County Health Services, after a brief battle with angiosarcoma liver cancer. He spent his final days with his family, eating meals together, watching sports, telling jokes, and recounting family memories.

Patrick was born on May 7, 1941, in Thermopolis, Wyo., the oldest of five children of Patrick Brennan Jr. and Agnes (Pavlus) Brennan. Patrick’s family moved about and even spent time in Alaska before settling down in Newcastle. He graduated from Newcastle High School, Class of 1960, before attending Carroll College, where he studied education. He graduated with his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1964. He taught high school English in eastern Montana for 14 years, where he also refereed for multiple sports. 

In 1967 he married Carrol Meschke and they welcomed their son, Patrick IV, in November of 1969. They later divorced. 

Later, he went into the field of industrial construction, working as a journeyman instrument fitter throughout the western United States. 

In 2001 he married Lynn Petty. After his retirement, Patrick spent time volunteering at the senior center and delivering meals to seniors around the county. He enjoyed playing cards and cribbage in regular weekly games. Pat was an avid sports fan, particularly of the Minnesota Vikings, the Denver Broncos, and the Utah Jazz. 

Family was extremely important to Pat. He doted on his three grandchildren and took an active and supportive role in their college education. He never missed a chance to visit with them, often driving hundreds of miles to attend birthday parties and graduations.

Patrick was preceded in death by his wife, Lynn, who passed away in 2007; and by his brother, Joseph. 

He is survived by his brothers, Daniel (Cindy) and Matthew; his sister, Stephanie; his son, Patrick IV; his daughter-in-law, Karen; his grandchildren, Madeleine (Nick), Brian, and Elizabeth (AJ); as well as many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held in the spring at Weston County Senior Services Center. The family suggests memorial donations be sent to Weston County Senior Services, 627 Pine St, Newcastle, WY 82701. 

Condolences may be sent to the family in care of Meridian Mortuary, 111 S. Railway Ave., Newcastle, WY 82701 or expressions of sympathy may also be made online at


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