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Patrick  Mesisca
Patrick Mesisca

June 7, 1948 - November 16, 2018
Born in MD
Resided in San Clemente, CA
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Patrick Anthony Mesisca Jr., 70, of San Clemente, California, passed away on November 16,
2018 at Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, Ca. He was born on June 7, 1948 in Bethesda,
Maryland to Concetta Bocanfusso Mesisca and Patrick Mesisca Sr. He met his best friend and
wife Suzanne Oden Mesisca while attending El Monte High School at the age of 16 years old.
They married on August 26, 1968 in West Covina, Ca. and celebrated 50 years of marriage on
August 26, 2018.
Patrick is survived by his wife Suzanne, four sons Patrick (Elizabeth), Joseph, Michael (Amie),
and Jonathan (Jennifer), eight grandchildren Ava, Sonny, Gavin, Maysie, Levi, Colby, Carver,
and Gabriella, and his sister Marie (Bob) Tershluse.
Pat had an intellect, work-ethic and passion to succeed like few others. He attended El Monte
High School, and was highly successful in speech and debate, so much so that he was awarded
scholarships to the University of Southern California and Loyola Law School before practicing
law for 45 years in Los Angeles, California. He started as a law clerk and rose to the ranks of
senior partner for Gilbert, Kelly, Crowley, and Jennett Law Firm. The height of their success was
seen under his leadership and his ability to diversify their practice. The final years of his career
were served starting his own business at the Mesisca, Riley, and Kreitenberg law firm where he
worked largely doing pro-bono work as an advocate for cancer patients. He was a tremendously
successful litigator who loved court and a battle of intellect; he handled cases in Employment
Labor, Contracts Agreements, Ethics Professional Responsibility, and Real Estate Lawsuits
Disputes with the highest integrity and mentored many young attorneys along the way.
Pat was well known and revered for his generosity, the details of which he rarely disclosed to
anyone. He was a great donor to many churches and ministry organizations including Christ’s
Church of Baldwin Park, Maranatha High School, Samaritans Purse, The Los Angeles Mission,
and others. He volunteered many hours of his time serving on school boards, working as a Cub
Scout leader, soliciting donors for fundraisers and volunteering as a high school speech and
debate coach. He truly had a heart to serve others with his gifts, talent, and time.
While Pat loved God and work, his pride and joy was his family. While his kids were younger,
he loved to wrestle them, trample (and get them lost) in the woods, bike long distances with
them, teach them to shoot (safely) firearms, stand in the river and pretend he was fishing with
them, get pummeled with them in the waves of San Clemente, and listen to them play their
instruments (even joining the band on occasion in an encore of Free Bird .  As a grandpa, he
loved to spoil his grandchildren and sneak them skittles. He laughed like a hyena and hugged
like a bear. He tenaciously fought cancer and survived, battling a multitude of health challenges
and in that struggle he gained an extra 20 years of life to see his children married, know and love
their better halves, and meet, love, and play with his 8 grandkids. Facing death many times, he
often pondered his legacy. The legacy he leaves is a mountain of love and respect from his
family and friends, a model of hard-work and loyalty, and a wealth of gratitude from his clients
and partners that he helped and mentored along the way.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 1, 2018 at El Toro Cemetery, 25751
Trabuco Rd. Lake Forest, California 92360. A reception will follow at Aventura Sailing
Association, 24707 Dana Drive in Dana Point, California 92629.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Patricks honor to Samaritans Purse
P.O. Box 3000 Boone, NC 28607.

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El Toro Memorial Park
24751 Trabuco Road
Lake Forest, CA United States 92630
Saturday, December 1, 2018
11:00 AM
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