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Patricia C Townsend

November 08, 1951 - January 12, 2022
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Patricia C Townsend

November 08, 1951 - January 12, 2022

Pat Townsend died peacefully at her home in Tucson on January 12, 2022, following a long battle with brain cancer.  She was born Patricia Clara Hokanson on November 8, 1951, in Two Harbors, Minnesota, and grew up with two sisters on a farm north of the town.  Her parents were Alden Hokanson, a telephone lineman, and Margaret (Mallory) Hokanson, a schoolteacher.

Pat was active in band and choir at Two Harbors High School.  She graduated from Bemidji State University in 1974 and was hired by Control Data Corporation, a manufacturer of mainframe computers.  After a period of training in Minnesota she transferred to CDC's software center in Sunnyvale, California, where she met Gregg Townsend. They married in 1977 and moved to Tucson, which remained their home for the next forty-five years.

In Tucson, Pat worked in the computing field until the birth of twin sons in 1983.  After a break she taught high school math and earned a master's degree from the University of Arizona.  She joined the mathematics faculty of Pima Community College and taught there until retiring at the end of 2013.  She will be remembered fondly by the many students whose lives she influenced.

As her sons grew, she watched them compete in archery and soccer.  In summers they vacationed in Minnesota, sometimes traveling via the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City. 

In retirement, Pat took several hiking trips to the Grand Canyon as well as to Scotland and to the Patagonia region of South America.  She also visited Ireland and traveled to London with her sons for a pair of NFL football games featuring the Arizona Cardinals in one and the Minnesota Vikings in the other.  She was an avid soccer fan and an accomplished quilter whose handiwork was lovingly appreciated by friends and family alike.

In April of 2019 Pat was diagnosed with glioblastoma.  Surgery, radiation treatment, and chemotherapy retarded the cancer; her initial strength and robust fitness helped her survive long enough to welcome three new grandchildren.

Pat is survived by her husband, Gregg; son Benjamin and his partner Tiffany; son Steven and his wife Brie; grandchildren Austin, Sloane, and Cameron; sisters Pam Jensen and Cindy Maher; and several nieces and great-nieces.  Services are to be private.  In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to any charity that helps people in need.

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James Arnold
4 months ago

James Arnold My sincere and deepest condolences to the Townsend family. I was lucky enough to meet Pat at PCC for a math class and ended up taking every math class I needed to graduate. She decided to retire before my final math class. I asked her would she be willing to tutor me for the final class and she agreed. I was so excited because teachers like Pat don't come around everyday. She was so patient, caring and kind. And believe me when I say it because anyone that could teach me math had to have lots of patience. I even told Pat that she had the patience of an angel. Pat attained my graduation from ASU and I continued to stay in touch with her as a friend. I'm not the type of person that stays in touch or has lots of friends, but I also don't get to meet people like Pat everyday. So I made a promise to myself to always stay in touch with her. I'm proud to say that I kept my promise. I didn't believe in angels before meeting Pat, she was one then and is one now. I also believe everyone she touched became a better person and I am grateful for being one of them. Pat you will be missed by many.
4 months ago

Ana Jiménez Sending so much love and strength to Pat's family at this time. I had the good fortune to meet Pat when she joined the PCC math faculty. We had so much fun attending math conferences together, supporting each other as colleagues, and delighting in our students' successes. I will always remember her love for hiking and recall fondly when Pat and Gregg shared in celebrating my 40th birthday. My sincere condolences to you all.
4 months ago

Ellen boughter I am so sorry to hear about Pat's untimely passing, and I am so angry at cancer! Pat and I shared a cubicle for s couple of years at Control Data Corporation in Sunnyvale, CA...and she was delightful. And of course I know her husband, Gregg--also a delightful person. I was so happy when they got together! And when I heard about their twin boys...wow! She lived a good life, but I wish it had been longer. My deepest sympathies to Gregg and the "boys". I will be thinking of you all and Pat for some time.
4 months ago

Olga Ortiz My condolences to the Townsend family. I met Pat at Pima, taking fitness classes. She was an amazi ng, kind and gentle lady. Always working out and biking. You will be missed!
4 months ago

Alexis Amaro I want to send my Condolences to the Townsend family and others. Pat was such an amazing person. I have known her since my sophomore year in college when I took math at PCC and we took fitness class together with Katie. She always smiled and made you laugh no matter what. She helped me with math and was there to listen to you! She opened her arms to my baby boy and bought him some things that I will cherish. May she RIP and continue to make everyone laugh in heaven. Love you Pat!
4 months ago

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