Joseph Patrick  Shovlin
Joseph Patrick Shovlin

December 27, 1929 - February 14, 2018
Born in Denver, Colorado
Resided in Aurora, Colorado
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Joseph Patrick “Pat” Shovlin, of Aurora, Colorado, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 14, 2018, at the age of 88. He was born December 27, 1929 and was raised in Denver, Colorado. Pat was the youngest of two sons of Anna L. and Francis Earl Shovlin.

Pat attended St Dominic’s Elementary School, Skinner Jr. High and graduated in 1947 from North High School in Denver, Colorado. Pat received an Associate’s Degree in Fire Science from Red Rocks Community College.

Pat proudly served in the United States Navy during the Korean War from July of 1950 until his honorable discharge in May of 1954.

On April 18, 1953, Pat married the love of his life Marian Smith. They were married for 63 years until Marian passed in 2016. Together they raised four daughters.

One of Pat’s greatest passion in life was serving as an Aurora Fireman. He faithfully served the City of Aurora for 30 years from 1958 until his retirement in 1988. Pat continued public service for five more years serving as Chief Executive Officer of the Security Fire Department outside of Colorado Springs.

Pat was known for his public service as a firefighter, his love for family and compassion for others. His sense of humor and sharing of stories will be missed. He loved spending time with family and friends.

Pat is survived by his daughters: Anne Shovlin, Eileen Shovlin, Betty Galbraith and Linda Choun and her husband Craig Choun; grandchildren: Brandon Galbraith, Megan Choun, Brittany Wolma and her husband Kyle Wolma, Kayla Choun and Ethan Choun. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Marian; and his brother, Hugh Shovlin.

Funeral Mass will take place on Thursday, February 22, 2018, at 10:00 AM at St. Therese Catholic Church, 1243 Kingston Street, Aurora, Colorado with a reception following at the church. Interment will take place at Fort Logan National Cemetery - Area “C” on Friday February 23, 2018 at 9:15 AM, 3698 South Sheridan Boulevard, Denver, Colorado 80235.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Pat’s memory to:

The Firefighters of Aurora Benevolent Fund
c/o Aurora Fire Rescue
15151 East Alameda Parkway Suite #4100
Aurora, Colorado 80012

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Funeral Mass
St Therese Catholic Church
1243 Kingston St
Aurora, Colorado 80010
Thursday, February 22, 2018
10:00 AM
St. Therese Catholic Church
1243 Kingston Street
Aurora, CO 80010
Thursday, February 22, 2018
11:00 AM
Fort Logan National Cemetery
3698 South Sheridan Boulevard
Denver, CO US 80236
Friday, February 23, 2018
9:15 AM


The Firefighters of Aurora Benevolent Fund
15151 E. Alameda Drive Suite #4100
Aurora, Colorado U.S.A. 80012