Patrick John Zang
June 2, 1963 – October 9, 2018
Patrick John Zang, 55, of California City, passed away Tuesday, 9 October 2018 after a long battle with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Pat was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico to Robert Anthony and Martha Jean Zang on 2 June 1963.
He graduated from Desert High School at Edwards Air Force Base in 1981. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno in 1986. He received his Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering at California State University, Fresno in 1992. He received his Master of Business Administration at Webster University in 2005. He became a Reserve Commissioned Officer in the United States Army in 1985 and served in the California Army National Guard. Pat began his career at Edwards Air Force Base in 1987 as an Engineer and ultimately became a senior leader with the 412th Test Wing.
Pat is survived by his wife Karen of 33 years, his son Matthew, daughter Suzanne, his father, Tony, his mother, Martha, brother Mike, sisters Jeanne Edwards and Kristi Gutierrez, and many nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, cousins, aunts, uncles, and mother-in-law.
Pat was a servant of God, loved God, and shared his faith with all. He was a servant of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in California City. He loved and lived life to the fullest. He had a passion for riding and racing dirt bikes and was a member of the Lost Coyotes Motorcycle Club. He enjoyed camping, hiking, backpacking, and everything outdoors. He had a knack for telling stories and making us laugh. He led his family and friends on many adventures in the desert and mountains and demonstrated a passion for history and the local area.
Pat’s favorite charity is the Leukemia Lymphoma Society, if you would like to make a donation.
Services will be held at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 9970 California City Blvd, California City on 23 October at 10 am. Graveside services will be California City Cemetery at 11 am. Celebration of Life will be at the Zang family home around 1230.
- Funeral Mass Tuesday, October 23, 2018
- Graveside Service Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Patrick John Zang
October 24, 2018
I've known Pat since I became 3rd grade buddies with Jeanne back in the 70s. And I always thought it was cool that we had the same birthday only 1 year apart. I remember seeing him at the roller rink at Edwards on Saturdays back in the day and he was always showing off. The last memory I have of him was when I was working at the F-16 CTF way back in the late 80s/early 90s. He came to my squadron to get his line badge paperwork signed for my area where I was a security officer. Hard to believe another DHS Scorp is gone. I'm so sorry for the family which is very close. God bless you guys.
Doug Van Pelt
October 22, 2018
So many great memories of Pat. I'll never forget him busting me for wanting to see him crash on a "borrowed" Big Wheel on D-Hill at Edwards. Our friend Steve pleaded with Pat not to attempt the dangerous feat of riding a child's plastic tricycle toy down a severely rugged & steep desert hill, but I hushed Steve and his cautionary warnings, because I wanted to see if Pat could pull it off (it'd either be a spectacular crash or a wildly radical accomplishment). After his triumphant ride, he walked back up and said, "I heard that, Doug."
Then there was the time he entered the locker room before one of our home football games, grinning from ear to ear. "I was just chasing a Mammoth High cross country runner while I was out in the desert riding (his motorcycle). He looked terrified and apparently thought he had to jump into a sagebrush to escape!"
Then there was the time I came to visit after we were all "grown-ups," and he composed & sang a song right there in his driveway so I could write off my entire trip as a "business trip scouting/reviewing musical talent."
As a squad leader for our football team, he would lead the practice and pre-game stretches, making up funny names for each.
The most endearing memories involved his first loves - Karen, his children & God. As misplaced college students/pen-pals who missed California (he in Missouri & I in Texas) he wrote of his love for Karen and his goal to marry her someday.
Then on a trip to visit him at Cal City years later, he told me to help myself to anything in the fridge after I woke up and I joked about rifling through his stuff and stealing, to which he replied, "You can take anything you want, but don't touch my treasures." He then cracked open the door of his kids' bedroom and pointed out his treasures - Matt & Suzy.
I'm sure many people would agree with me in saying, "He's one of the best men I've ever known."
As a football player, I'd vote him as the biggest stud in Desert High history. #41, front row
October 15, 2018
I was seeing his brother mike, pat supported this relationship and he helped me out when we had problems, he was a good friend and I will miss him.