Pat Hinshaw, 83, of Mesa passed away peacefully at his home on January 13, 2019 with his family by his side. He was born on November 11, 1935 in Del Norte Colorado. He moved to Mesa with his parents in 1952. He was a Mesa High graduate and that is where he met the love of his life, Sue Spitler. They were married in 1955 and spent 61 years together. He joined the Mesa Police Department in 1959 and retired as a lieutenant in 1984. In his retirement he enjoyed working part-time with an electrician, fishing, spending time at his cabin near Christopher Creek, and shooting.
He was a member of SASS-Single Action Shooters Society; his alias was “Wompass Cat”. Pat was also passionately involved in the Mesa Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #9. A member for almost 60 years, he rarely missed a meeting. His latest hobby was collecting O gauge model trains; he was in the midst of building a large train city at the time of his passing.
Pat is survived by his daughters Patti Olson and Paula Hinshaw (Wendy), his grandsons Stuart Olson, Jakob Perkins, and Patrick J. Hinshaw. He also had 3 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents George and Irene, his daughter Kitten, and his wife Sue.
Services will be at Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery in Mesa. Visitation Friday, January 18th from 5:30-7:30 and graveside service Saturday at 2:00. As per his wishes, an Irish wake to follow from 3:30-6:30 at the Mesa FOP Lodge 1452 E. Main Street, Mesa. Pat loved his cowboy wear, so casual attire – especially jeans are encouraged. In lieu of flowers please consider donating to one of your favorite children’s or animal charities. He was especially fond of Sunshine Acres in Mesa and the Arizona Humane Society.