Arana, Joseph Patrick (Pat) of St. Charles, Mo.; asleep in Jesus Wednesday August 22, 2018 at the age of 72, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was the loving husband and best friend to Marilyn Arana for 49 years, beloved son of the late Joseph and Pansy Arana, and devoted father of Matt Arana, and Betsy (Bruce) Nelson; cherished grandfather (Papa) of Allison Arana, Matthew Arana and Blake Nelson; special Papa to Amanda Elmore; dear brother of Gerald (Kathy) Arana and Donald (Jean) Arana; brother-in-law of Patricia Brown. Pat is also survived by his niece, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many dear friends.
Pat was a retired music teacher from the Ritenour School District, where he shared his gift and love for music with thousands of children. Pat was respected as one of the greatest local jazz trombonists and performed for 50 years, locally, nationally, and internationally. Today, he is playing his beautiful music in the Angel’s Band. Pat was dearly loved, and will be greatly missed by all that had the pleasure of knowing him.
Services: The family is being served by the Baue Funeral and Memorial Center, 3950 West Clay Street, St. Charles, Missouri. Visitation will be held Monday August 27, 2018 from 4:00 PM-8:00 PM, and Funeral Service will be held Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at 10:00 AM, officiated by Rev. Arthur C. Repp Jr. at Baue Funeral and Memorial Center, 3950 West Clay Street, St. Charles, Missouri. Interment at St. Charles Memorial Gardens.
Memorials in Pat’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the Stepping Stones Program in the Ritenour School District.