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White, Patrick H.

White, Patrick H.

August 3, 1939 — April 6, 2022

Patrick Henry White, 82, passed away peacefully in Columbia, Missouri on Friday, April 6 after several years of advanced dementia. A private burial is planned for May 13 at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Pat was born in St. Louis where he attended Kirkwood High School, lettering in wrestling and baseball, then moved on to William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri, where he was a 4-year letterman in baseball and a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. Upon graduation, Pat married his high school sweetheart (Dolores) and took a job as teacher and coach at Pembroke Country Day School in Kansas City, where he remained for over 30 years as a teacher, coach, and athletic director. During his tenure, he coached basketball, baseball, football, golf, and wrestling, taking the baseball team to two state titles. After serving as an assistant athletic director, he was promoted to Athletic Director. During his tenure he contributed to the significant growth in the athletic programs and facilities and oversaw the merger of the athletic programs of Pem-Day and Sunset Hill to the current Pembroke Hill School.

After a wrestling injury in 1958, he stayed involved with the sport as a high school wrestling official. For the next 43 years, he officiated at 28 Missouri state championship tournaments and served as the co-head official for many of those. He attended 50 state tournaments either as a wrestler, coach, official or rules interpreter. In addition, he served on the National Federation Wrestling Rules Committee, spoke at many State Coaches and Officials rules meetings throughout the region, and served as an evaluator for MSHSAA. After receiving several distinguished awards, he was inducted into the Missouri Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1988. The National Wrestling Hall of Fame inducted him and awarded him its prestigious “Lifetime Service to Wrestling Award” for achievements in and service to the sport in 2006.

In addition to officiating, teaching, and coaching, Pat was also an avid softball player for20 years with a U.S. Touring Softball team. In the summers, when not playing softball, he served as the manager of the swimming pools at the Kansas City and Indian Hills Country Clubs. On weekends for 18 years in the 70’s and 80’s, he served as the manager/host of the visiting team locker room at Arrowhead Stadium for the Kansas City Chiefs. After leaving Pembroke in 1991, he worked as a head golf pro for several years and qualified to play in the Senior PGA. He carried a 1.9 handicap and even scored a hole-in-one to win a new Cadillac.

Pat’s dedication to teaching and coaching impacted thousands of young people throughout Missouri and the region. During his retirement, he spent much of his time with Heather (who he married in 1989) and his many dogs in the Missouri Ozarks. He is survived by his former wife (Dolores Simonie), daughter Patti Jo Gaughan (Tim), son Tommy (Leslie), stepdaughter Tiffany Parks (Adam), son-in-law Richard Rathbun, four grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his wife Heather, daughter Sandy Rathbun, grandson Connor White, stepson Matt Cooper, and sister Judy White.

Service Information

A private burial is planned for Friday, May 13 at Memorial Park Cemetery at Park Lawn Funeral Home.

White, Patrick H.'s Guestbook

Mr White was technically the best football coach that I had. He treated you as an adult and trusted that I would try to implement what he taught. He always encouraged me me when I failed. His history class was historical.

Jim Thompson

Pat was my Latin teacher and all around cheer leader for all things PemDay sports. May he rest in peace.

Hank Jonas

I will always fondly remember failing Mr. White's latin classes...twice. Rest in peace, Mr. White.

Dave Selders

I was fortunate to have Pat White coach me in varsity football and wrestling at Pem-Day. He was a good coach who pushed me to give everything I had. As McGee said, he was a good teacher, good coach and a good man.

Russ Sifers

A fine neighbor and true friend! Tommy and my son Sheldon were best of friends!

Sheldon Clark

Pat was a kind man who made my rookie years at PHS more successful by accepting me as a friend and offering advice on how to deal with middle school students. He was a great coach and teacher.

Connie Wells

Pat was a great and caring mentor for young Athletic Directors

Don Earnest, Former A.D. Pembroke Hill 2000-2018

So many great memories. Mr. White managing athletics from the front office of Philips gymnasium. Taking wide-eyed student helpers to the visiting team locker room at Arrowhead Stadium on Saturdays and on the field on Sundays. And of course eighth grade history where he taught us that for countries and societies “Accessibilty and interaction are the keys to progress.” I have come to believe this is true for individuals also. And I have tried to share this bit of Mr. White’s wisdom with our own children. And I hope they will pass this along to others. Mr. White had such a positive impact on so many students and athletes. I know his efforts and contributions will echo through the ages.

Brad Walters

I graduated from Pemday in 1962 and remember Pat White and his involvement in many of the sports. He was a dedicated teacher and coach. A really good man!!

Sandy McGee

The man who taught me how to swim at the K.C. Country Club - "put your face down and blow bubbles." Forever grateful!

Debbie Thompson Gates

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