George Patrick O’Neal was born in Kansas City, Kansas on January 19, 1940. He was called home to Jesus on May 26, 2019. Pat grew up in Sacramento having moved with his family to California in the early 1940s. He graduated from Sacramento High School and Sacramento City College.
In 1959, he met his life’s partner, Judy, at the local teen hangout (donut shop). They were married on June 4, 1960. They have two children Katherine, and Sean, and two grandchildren Christopher and Katie.
He joined the Sheriff’s Department in May 1966, and thus began 30 years of service as a Deputy Sheriff. He was a Training Officer in Patrol and a Detective for the rest of his career working burglary, homicide, and special undercover assignments. He received many commendations and awards over the years and was awarded Officer of the Year in 1988 by Governor George Deukmejian. Pat was a 49er Season ticket holder for more than 30 years. He loved playing golf with his buddies and, later cards with close friends. He and Judy often traveled with friends and family, or just the two of them to many wonderful countries and states throughout their lives, but most often to the State of Hawaii. He loved his 55 Ford Thunderbird and was so proud of the awards for the show car. He was a member of the Sheriff Department’s 711 Club and the Northern California Peace Officers Association, and a member of the LifePointe Christian Church. Pat was loved and respected by all who knew him and will be fondly remembered.
Services are scheduled for June 29, 2019 at the LifePointe Christian Church 10291 East Stockton Blvd, Elk Grove, 95624 at 11 am, followed by a Celebration of his beautiful life at 1PM at the Falls Event Center 8280 Elk Grove Blvd, Elk Grove 95758.
Remembrances may be made to the Northern California Peace Officers Association (NCPOA) Scholarship Fund at 8316 Niessen Way, Fair Oaks, Ca 95628.