Jon Mark Pate

August 22, 1960August 4, 2018

Jon Mark Pate, 57, of Stafford passed away on Saturday, August 4, 2018. He was an avid lover of Harley Davidson motorcycles, even naming a number of his dogs “Harley”. He had a brilliant and beautiful mind, reading quantum physics books for enjoyment was one of his favorite hobbies. His loved Southern Rock, the Redskins and his mama’s chicken & dumplings - and his favorite morning beverage was (5) McDonald’s hot mochas with peppermint extract. He called it his “crack”. He worked for Verizon (and all of its previous iterations) for the longest time, and referred to himself as “the phone man”. He worked at the Pentagon for over 20 years, where he was able to interact with individuals who challenged his intellect on a daily basis. He would discuss a variety of subjects, with anyone who would be open to it, and was willing to debate points of view that differed from his own. The majority of these discussions occurred in his “office” (the trash can in the courtyard). In particular, he constantly referenced his conversations with “the General” and “the Sargent Major”. But the most important thing in his life was his family. He often quoted “there’s family, and then there is everyone else”. He was fiercely protective and extremely loyal when it came to his family, and there were many that were family who were not necessarily blood relatives. He is survived by his SIBLINGS: Bonnie Pate Hodges, Sheree Pate Phillips; CHILDREN: Jennifer Pate, Jon Mark Pate, Jr., Hope Pate, Randy Pate; and GRANDCHILDREN: Gage, Bryce, Lily, Tristan-Merritt; and numerous loving nieces, nephews and cousins He was preceded in death by his: FATHER, Merritt Randolph Pate Sr.; MOTHER, Elsie Marie Martin Pate; and BROTHER, Merritt Randolph Pate Jr. A memorial service will be held at 2pm on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at Richland Baptist Church – 2482 Warrenton Rd, Fredericksburg, VA 22406. A reception will follow at same location. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Disabled American Veterans.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, August 11, 2018

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Scott Sydnor

August 11, 2018


You will be missed by all. We had some great times working together and talking on the phone. It never seemed like a job when we all worked together. I can remember you turning to me as we were getting ready to leave out to do some tickets every morning and saying " Okay the most important thing today is where are we having lunch ? " LOL That used to crack me up ! Too bad we never got to have that cook out. Seeing your kids brought back the memories of you talking about each of them. Talking about how proud you were of them. Don't worry they will be okay you did a good job . I was very impressed with all of the love your family has for you. That's worth more than any amount of money to me. You were rich in the family Love dept. You made a heck of a impact on a lot of people. We will all meet again one day and have that cook out we wanted to have. Until then Love ya brother !!


Josh Phillips

August 10, 2018

I love you. I miss you. Until I see you again...bicycle.

James Butler

August 10, 2018

I’ll always remember our many conversations about everything. Family and selflessness being most important. You were truly an original character on our C&P, Bell Atlantic, & Verizon team. I hope they’re playing Lynyrd Skynyrd and riding Harley’s in heaven.
My deepest condolences to the Pate family.
Jimmy Butler

Jennifer Pate

August 9, 2018

My father was the greatest man I know. He loved with everything in him. He had a passion for making those he cherished KNOW how much he cared. He was a humble man, who deserved the world. He experienced great loss, but found joy in the simplest things. He was a wonderful friend, son, brother, uncle, cousin, but being a father was his greatest success in my eyes. The bond between a daddy and his little girl is unbreakable, it’s indescribable, and he nailed it! Not a single conversation, in all of my 35 years, ever ended without him saying “I love you sweetheart”, and usually elaborating with “you’re the light of my life!” My Daddy showed me unconditional love. He understood me, even when I made terrible decisions we were able to talk, respect, and adore each other. He always showed me he had my back, encouraged me during my hardest times, was there to celebrate my best times. He loved my boys, and thought it was hilarious the more they drove me crazy! My heart breaks he is gone too soon, but I’m relieved to know he is always in my heart. We will mourn his loss, but celebrate his life. Until we see you again Daddy, Granddaddy, We love you!

Edawrd Harris

August 9, 2018

Worked with Jon many years with the WITS team. Had many of his conversation's and kind words. We also talked about both our families, always exchanging words of encouragement. A great man and good friend. Your family has my prayers.

Matthew Ingram

August 7, 2018

You were like an older brother to me. You taught me how stand up for myself and most of all, to stand up for those who could not stand up for themselves. We shared so many memories I am sure there are not enough characters allowed to explain them all ( and some I would not make public).

I will miss you, but be assured I will see you in the future when we can discuss why Lynyrd Skynyrd was the greatest band, anything about the Constitution, and Quantum Physics ( you crack me up with the Quantum Physics ).

I love you,