June 27, 1935 – March 19, 2021
LONGVIEW, TEXAS - Pat would like to announce that she has been requested to be a part of the celestial choir and heavenly orchestra. As an organist, piano teacher, vocalist and lover of great music, she accepted with a full and happy heart, that which her Lord has bestowed on her. All of her earthly talents will no doubt be remembered with great fondness and affection by her family and those she touched throughout her 85 years. For us, her music lives on.
Patricia F.(Spitz) DeSain peacefully died after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. She was born June 27, 1935, in Buffalo, New York. She’s preceded in death by her parents, Frank Christopher Spitz and Ruth Eva Dorman Spitz and brother Rodney Dean Spitz.
In 1952, at age 16, Pat graduated from Middlesex Valley Central School in Rushville, New York after which she moved to Rochester to study music and opera. It was at that time, she began to date the love of her life, Clifford DeSain. It was on January 1st, 1953, after attending a dance, a midnight movie, and a late supper that Cliff told her he wanted marry her when she turned 18. They were married April 24, 1954, at Middlesex Valley Baptist Church. They moved to Longview, TX, in January of 1963, so that Cliff could attend LeTourneau College. They liked Longview so much they decided to raise their family and build their lives here.
Pat and Cliff were active in youth groups and mission work both at Calvary Baptist and at Mobberly for many decades. Going to Youth Camps, teaching VBS, handbells, or choirs, Pat served where ever she was needed and did so willingly. She said her missionary work was through the gift of music and she was excited to share it every Sunday.
Pat was the organist for R.G. LeTourneau during his evangelism services and was part of a ladies group that performed. She worked as a librarian at LeTourneau College, a secretary at 1st National Bank, and organist at Calvary Baptist Church. Pat was a Piano Teacher to over 400 students during her 42 yrs of teaching music. Her love for music continued as organist/music director for Our Redeemer Lutheran Church on Judson Road over the last 25 yrs. Pat absolutely loved serving the Lord through her music. She was a singer, a square dancer, a ham radio operator, a literacy ESL teacher, and a friend and mentor to everyone she met. She volunteered and lived her life in service. In later years, Pat enjoyed writing and was a requested author for NY State Historical Society. She was also a favorite contributor to local newspapers and magazines and was often stopped by those who loved her witty memoirs.
She is survived by her husband of 67 yrs., Clifford; son Kevin (Nancy), of O’Fallon, Mo., and daughter Catherine DeSain Murphy of Katy, Tx., Beautiful grand-daughter Chelsea Murphy Davis and husband Colby of Hallsville, Tx; grandsons Austin DeSain and wife Catherine, of St. Louis, Mo. and Josh DeSain and wife Chrissy, of Dubai, UAE, and their mother, Karen DeSain of St. Peters, Mo.. Brothers Frank Spitz of Crescent City, Florida; Ted (Jackie)Spitz of Lake Havasu, and George Spitz of Angelica, New York. And many beloved cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. Visitation will be Wednesday, March 24th, 2021, at Lakeview Funeral Home from 12:30-2pm with a funeral service beginning at 2 pm. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be sent to Hiway 80 Rescue Mission, Calvary Baptist Church, or Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Longview, TX.
Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Wednesday, March 24, 2021
April 12, 2021
Fond memories of Pat and Cliff allowing me to live with them while I attended college at Kilgore which was greatly appreciated from a poor kid from Rushville chasing a dream. Super nice, caring and supportive. My condolences to Cliff, Cathy and the family. She was a treasure!
March 24, 2021
Cathy, Kevin and Cliff:
I have such wonderful memories of your Mom and growing up on Ladd Street. She was such a wonderful friend to my parents. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
Mary Stoddard Whitton
March 23, 2021
Cliff so sorry to hear that you lost your wife Prayer for you and your family
Debra Smith Langford
March 23, 2021
Oh where to begin. I remember walking into her house and sitting on her couch waiting to meet her as a potential piano teacher. I was nine. I continued piano until I graduated high school. I remember the notebooks with what to practice through the week. I still have my very first recital music. I'm so thankful for the years she dedicated to me learning many different styles, technics, and theory. I will always cherish those memories. Praying for the family during this time.
March 23, 2021
Mrs. DeSain was my piano teacher for 10 years - up until I graduated high school. She was always such a wonderful, kind teacher and woman. I remember her husband sitting in the living room watching TV as we, her students, took their turn waiting with him for our lesson in the nearby room. They were a huge part of my life growing up and will always hold a place in my heart. I can't look at my piano without thinking of Mrs. DeSain and all the years I shared with her. Prayers to her family and friends. I pray they find peace in knowing she is no longer suffering, but sharing a new life with God and his church choir. Heaven gained an amazing woman!
With sympathy to all,
Lauren (Kalinec) Swift
March 22, 2021
i was thinking about both of you the other day, wondering how you all were doing. SO very sorry to hear about Pat's passing. She and Cliff are very special people. You all are in my prayers.
March 22, 2021
My good memories of Pat started over 50 years ago. I remember when she called me to baby sit. We also shared good times together at Calvary Baptist Church, then again at Mobberly Baptist. I sat beside her when we attended classes at Kilgore College Longview Center and it was always a pleasure to assist her as my customer at my work. I remember her being there when I lost both parents and the good neighbor that she was.
I am so sorry for the loss of this wonderful lady and friend. May God's presence comfort all of you during this time.
Ruth Sullivan Kay
March 21, 2021
I so appreciate the gift of music that Pat shared with Our Redeemer. I also appreciate the friendship we had. Over 20 years ago she and I got crossways. Because of our shared belief in God, we worked through it and our friendship was restored. That is the gift of forgiveness. I will miss her laughter, her love and her gift of music. It was always a joy running into Pat and Cliff around town at lunchtime. We had many fun visits during those times and wondered aloud who was following whom. She allowed me the privilege of walking through part of her cancer journey, as I am a breast cancer survivor. I rejoice that she is with Jesus and completely healed. But I will miss my friend. Prayers for her family for peace and comfort.
March 20, 2021
My heart and prayers go out to all the family as you go through this difficult time. She was a very special lady who will be greatly missed.