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Patrick James Baxstrom

February 11, 1943 ~ January 31, 2021 (age 77)


Patrick James Baxstrom, 77, passed away at his home in Farmington New Mexico on Sunday, January 31, 2021. 

Patrick was born February 11, 1943, to Mary Glynn Grandell and Norman Grandell in Cortez Colorado. He graduated from Montezuma Cortez High School in 1961 and served in the United States Navy as an electrician from 1962-1966. Patrick attended Fort Lewis College and Colorado State University earning a Masters in Industrial Science and went on to teach for more than 20 years at Teec Nos Pos Community School. He served as a union steward and as the president of the Indian Educators Federation for several years. After retiring from teaching he filled his time farming, raising highland cattle, and working on many projects.

Patrick is survived by his wife Eleanor Faye Martin Baxstrom, his daughters Shannon Baxstrom Stephenson (Gary) and Alissa Baxstrom, his grandchildren Tierney Stephenson Noll (Corey), Evan Stephenson, Gigi Baxstrom, and James Baxstrom, his great-grandson Kael Ghersini, his siblings Harry Baxstrom (Donnalee), Joanne Baxstrom, Charles Grandell, Margaret Baxstrom Jacobsen, Lillie Grandell, Mildred Grandell Rudy and Mike Grandell(Rosemary) and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his faithful australian shepherd Taz and his herd of highland cattle. He will be missed by his many family members, friends, and neighbors.

Patrick was preceded in death by his brother Alex Grandell, his parents Mary Glynn Smith and Norman Grandell, and his step-fathers Charlie Baxstrom and Joseph Smith.

A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.  

Of all the money that e'er I had
I spent it in good company
And all the harm I've ever done
Alas it was to none but me

And all I've done for want of wit
To mem'ry now I can't recall
So fill to me the parting glass
Good night and joy be to you all

So fill to me the parting glass
And drink a health whate’er befall,
And gently rise and softly call
Good night and joy be to you all

Of all the comrades that e'er I had
They're sorry for my going away
And all the sweethearts that e'er I had
They'd wish me one more day to stay

But since it falls unto my lot
That I should rise and you should not
I gently rise and softly call
Good night and joy be to you all
(Parting Glass - traditional Irish song)

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