Murphy Funeral Homes


Patricio "Pat" Salazar

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"Peace is God's gift to us all, humans everyone, and it is of that peace that we are called to be faithful servants and instruments, unto our dying breath." --Father Patrick Hayden, La Paz, Bolivia

Patricio “Pat” Salazar was very smart, funny, unassuming, and humble about his gifts and talents. He studied at the German School (Colegio Aleman Mariscal Braun) in his native La Paz, Bolivia, and later at the University of North Dakota. Pat eventually settled in Virginia among his many friends.

His breadth of knowledge extended from international politics to classic literature, from space science to ecology and conservation.

But above all, Pat LOVED sports and hiking, and had a passion for nature and animals. He was an avid walker and always longed for Bolivia and his Andean mountains. Pat was kind-hearted, a man of integrity and character, who believed in doing the right thing no matter what the cost. He was simply an amazing human being.

A Celebration of his Life is scheduled on Saturday, October 27, 2018, 4:00 to 7:00 PM with the service scheduled from 5:00-6:00 PM at Murphy Funeral Home, 4510 Wilson Boulevard in Arlington, VA.

Pat would want us all to feel comfortable, so please come along in casual clothes. Sport is a key part of the theme, so we encourage his friends to wear their favorite sports jerseys, hats, etc. – whatever feels right.

All are welcome to attend and help us celebrate Pat’s life.

In lieu of flowers, we suggest donations to the GoFundMe campaign set up in his memory to support victims of sexual violence.


  • Gathering of Family and Friends

    Saturday, 27 October , 2018

  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, 27 October , 2018


Patricio "Pat" Salazar

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William Hughes

27 October 2018

I met Pat in 1997 after leaving active duty military service. We were introduced by my best pal Chuck Tobler, who wrote for the BarleyCorn beer magazine, at Bardo Rodeo brew pub in Arlington. It was there that I met Pat's core group of wonderful friends. You know who you are. :-) He shared many memories of growing up in Bolivia and the culture shock, not to mention the cold winters when he arrived at university in North Dakota. Words can't describe how sad we all are to lose Pat. What Pat did on that night was an incredible act of selfless bravery. Many people would have kept on driving. His beaming smile and quick sense of humor will be forever missed. You're at peace, brother. You made us all very, very proud.

Will Hughes

Julio Mariaca

26 October 2018

Patricio mi hermano. Mis recuerdos de ti son de nuestra niñez. Me acuerdo de un partido de basket que jugamos en la casa de tu mami Loty donde me ganaste muy facil. Tu eras un niño inocente, Yo era el mal pensado. Cada ves que estavamos juntos la pasamos muy bien. Tuvimos una niñez bonita. Me arrepiento que no manteni contacto contigo, mu hubiera gustado verte otra ves. Pero no importa, te vere OTRA VES!!! y te voy a reñir por no contactarme.

Patito querido, nos vemos en la RESSURECCION!!

No se maravillen de esto, porque viene la hora en que todos los que están en las tumbas conmemorativas oirán su voz y saldrán, los que hicieron cosas buenas a una resurrección de vida. Juan 5; 28,29

Tad Ell

24 October 2018

I grew up with Pat at the University of North Dakota. Well we were 18 or 19 years old but still were growing up. He roomed right across the hall from me when we were freshman...and we instantly became friends and remained friends throughout the years at UND. We affectionately called him Mr. Bolivia...and we hung out on many, many occassions. Pat was a person with always a smile...I remember that most about him...always happy and friendly! Peace be with you brother...