OBITUARY

Pat Yoxall

February 22, 1934November 13, 2012

Longtime Dallas resident and printing executive G. Patrick Yoxall died Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012. Born Feb. 22, 1934, in Belleville, Ill., he was preceded in death by his parents, Helen Mulcahy Yoxall and George F. Yoxall, and beloved cousins, Arthur Michel and Lois Michel Meile. “Pat” is survived by his wife of 56 years, Margaret Ann “Midge” Murnane Yoxall; five children and spouses, Michael and Kristi Yoxall of Dallas, Bill and Helen Yoxall Frink of Austin, Kevin and Nancy Yoxall of Auburn, Ala., Dan and Michelle Yoxall of San Antonio, and Tom and Tish Yoxall of Dallas; and 12 grandchildren, Bob Yoxall, Kimberley Yoxall, Bob Frink, Molly Frink, Collin Yoxall, Marlee Yoxall, Simone Yoxall, Meredith Yoxall, Flannery Yoxall, Ben Yoxall, Murphy Anne Yoxall, and Joe Yoxall.

Pat was taught by Brothers and Priests of the Society of Mary at Cathedral High School in Belleville, Ill., where he excelled in English, journalism, and “riding the pine” for the school football team. In 1951, Pat headed south to enroll in St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, graduating in 1955 with a B.A. in English. There, he met his future wife at Incarnate Word College, Midge Murnane, an alumna of Ursuline Academy in Dallas. They married at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in 1956. As an account executive with Johnston Printing Co., Pat made countless friends among his customers, talented colleagues, Dallas JayCees, Dallas Advertising League, Industrial Editors, Ancient Order of Hibernians, and Knights of Columbus Council 799. He retired as vice president in 1990 and immediately began a second career in the graphic arts as a printing broker.

Pat and Midge were among the early parishioners of St. Pius X Catholic Church. They raised their family in the St. Pius community and remain active members to this day. Pat’s life was marked by humble devotion to his faith and a deep love and respect for his wife. He enjoyed countless hours volunteering for BSA Troop 707, the Finance Committee of St. Pius X, and Meals on Wheels. Pat’s passions included an appreciation for the written word, the turn of a phrase, crossword puzzles, and weekly treks to the Casa View Branch of the Dallas Public Library where he ranked among its top borrowers for three decades. He and his tennis cronies held standing tennis reservations three times a week capped off with the kind of fellowship that left a lasting mark on his fascinated children. The young St. Louis Browns baseball fan later on cheered the Kansas City Chiefs (formerly Dallas Texans), the Texas Rangers, and all NCAA teams coached by his son Kevin.

Among his treasures, Pat counted the laughter induced by a friend’s story, the allowed but unsupervised West Coast and East Coast road trips with two 15 and 16 year old buddies in a 1947 Ford “Woody” station wagon, European adventures with Midge and their friends, and the skills of craftsmen and co-workers who taught him the printing industry. He relished the love of his many relatives – both in-laws and out-laws. His immediate and extended family will miss his wisdom and hearty laugh that marked many a grand gathering. We will remember him when we encounter a well turned phrase, a delightfully painful pun, a crisp double play executed by fundamentally sound baseball players, and, especially, a drop volley slyly hit crosscourt to the dismay of an unsuspecting tennis pal. Pat embodied a special combination of civility and generosity.

On Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, a Rosary at 10:30 a.m., Msgr. Thomas Weinzapfel presiding, will be followed by a Funeral Mass at 11 a.m., Fr. Michael Guadagnoli presiding, both at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 3030 Gus Thomasson Road, Dallas, Texas 75228. Reception to follow immediately at Knights of Columbus Council No. 799, 10110 Shoreview Road, Dallas, Texas, 75238. Pat donated his body to The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas.

The Yoxall Family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, staff, and caregivers of Texas Neurology, Doctors Hospital, UT Southwestern Medical School, Home Instead, the Villages at Lake Highlands, Faith Presbyterian Hospice, and Dr. Robert Haddox. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to St. Pius X Catholic Church, 3030 Gus Thomasson Road, Dallas, Texas 75228 or a charity of your choice.

Services

  • Rosary Monday, November 19, 2012
  • Memorial Mass Monday, November 19, 2012
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Pat Yoxall

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sam brogdon

November 18, 2012

Kevin,
We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

Love to you from all of us.
Sam, Makena and Claire Brogdon

November 17, 2012

Midge, Neil & I are in East Tx.& I have just read about the loss of your husband. I just want to express my sorrow. We were married the same year as you. Sending, prayers for your Peace! Pat O'Brien

chip snyder

November 15, 2012

Mr. Yoxall was hired by my Grandfather and went to work at Johnston Printing Company, Dallas, in 1955, the year I was born. The sales he produced and the insight he possessed fueled and helped guide the Company until he left it. I remember him, some of my earliest memories, at Company Christmas parties, always laughing and having fun with people. He loved people and life. While growing up I always associated him with Jack Lemmon, I guess because, like so many of Lemmon's characters, Pat was always able to see the humor in a situation, the good in people, and had an over-riding sense of right and wrong.
I had the privilege of working with Mr. Yoxall from 1980 until he left the Company in 1990(?).He, O.D., Virginia and Charlyne taught me so much, about hard work, functioning in an organization, loyalty, when to enforce rules and when to bend them and caring for the people you work with. There will always be a place in my heart for him and the Johnston employees of that era.

Eric & Les Wagner

November 15, 2012

Few St. Louisians would admit to lifelong loyalty to a team that moved away - but Pat was a Browns fan through and through - and his loyalty to that team was indicative of his loyalty to his friends, family, and even to his family's friends! We are so sorry to hear of Pat's passing, and send our love and best wishes to all the Yoxalls - and especially Mama Midge.

Kemelia Patrick

November 15, 2012

Dear Yoxall Family,

I feel very blessed to know you and to have witnessed the very special bond and love that you share. Your wonderful memories and unshaken faith will carry your family through the days ahead. All my love.

Stephen Schaefer

November 15, 2012

Pat Yoxall was a peach married to a peach who I got to know a bit when I visited their (almost next door) neighbors, my sister Jean Cashman and her crew of six on Plummer Drive when I was in high school (1960s). Visiting Dallas at Christmas, where 65F was considerably warmer than my Minnesota home (blizzards, - 65F), was a treat and the Yoxall's were warm, Texas hospitality incarnate. What if the train from Minneapolis to Dallas took twelve extra hours in the snow; it was like a rolling library. The train room-ette didn't cost more for the longer trip and the white cloth dining room served somewhat fresh trout and vegetables.

Of the many things Pat Yoxall had to recommend him: he was from the Midwest, he was proud of being Irish, he used the public library, he enjoyed having conversations with my very sharp sister Jean and he was in the printing business. Now there is something about those printers that is just plain dependable.

Good man, Patrick Yoxall; splendid children and what's to be said about the ever magnificent but deeply understated Midge.

God love you all,
Uncle Steve aka Tio

November 15, 2012

Mr. Yoxall was hired by my Grandfather and went to work at Johnston Printing Company, Dallas, in 1955, the year I was born. The sales he produced and the insight he possessed fueled and helped guide the Company until he left it. I remember him, some of my earliest memories, at Company Christmas parties, always laughing and having fun with people. He loved people and life. While growing up I always associated him with Jack Lemmon, I guess because, like so many of Lemmons characters, Pat was always able to see the humor in a situation, the good in people, and had an over-riding sense of right and wrong.
I had the privilege of working with Mr. Yoxall from 1980 until he left the Company in 1990(?).He, O.D., Virginia and Charlyne taught me so much, about hard work, functioning in an organization, loyalty, when to enforce rules and when to bend them and caring for the people you work with. There will always be a place in my heart for him and the Johnston employees of that era.
God rest him.
Chip Snyder

Brent, Mary Jo and Andrew

November 15, 2012

Our family is so lucky to have the memories of his presence, his wit, and endearing adoration. Pat was truly a good friend to everyone he met, whether he was selling or telling. Our prayers and thoughts are with his family.

Brannan Family

November 15, 2012

While we did not know Pat well, we know many of those who love him so;

Many stories about him we've been told, of great adventures new and old;

Lovely Midge often in our midst, her fondness for him could not be missed;

A most wonderful example of his legacy is the progeny that is his family;

United together on every occasion, they are his most precious ovation;

Pat's departed but his prodigies remain for us, each of them the lasting breath of his greatness.

Witty, charming and fun Pat's presence will surely be missed, but the Lord knew this earth he had firmly kissed and now was his time to go.

--You will be missed Pat but comfort is taken in knowing you are here in those you left for us.

Much love, with our deepest sympathies and condolences,

FROM THE FAMILY