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Patrick Aarstol

October 25, 1944 — January 28, 2024

Dr. Patrick Aarstol, a well-respected optometrist who practiced for many years in the local area, peacefully passed away on January 28, 2024 at the age of 79 from cancer and heart complications. Born on October 25, 1944 in Bellingham, Washington, Patrick was raised on the family farm near Nugents Corner by his parents Thorald and Grace Aarstol, née Willis.

Patrick graduated from Mt. Baker High School in 1962, where he met his future wife, Patricia Ryan. After attending Western Washington University, Patrick married Patricia in the spring of 1966. After a short stint in the Navy Reserve training on a submarine, he shifted gears and earned a doctorate in optometry from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon in 1970. After graduating from optometry school, Patrick dedicated over four decades to his work as an optometrist in Bellingham and founded the Fairhaven Vision Clinic where he spent the majority of his career.

In the late 80s, Patrick returned to the family farm, where he and his sons built the house where he and his wife Patricia lived until his passing.

Beyond his professional endeavors, he possessed an adventurous spirit and found joy in various hobbies, including salmon fishing, golf, gourmet cooking, and gardening. As an avid fisherman, Patrick tirelessly explored waters across the Pacific Northwest, Vancouver Island, and Alaska alongside family and friends. Fueled by his passion for golf, he thrived in Lake Padden's men's club and later the Bellingham Golf & Country Club where he formed many lifelong friendships.

Patrick is survived by his wife Patricia; their three sons, Michael of San Francisco, Ryan of Bellingham, and Stephan of San Diego; and grandchildren Natalie, Alexander, and Audrey who all live in Bellingham.

A memorial service will be held at the Bellingham Golf & Country Club on Thursday, February 8th, 2024, at 4:30pm, followed by reception. In remembrance of his enduring legacy, friends and family are invited to join in celebrating a life well lived.
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Celebration of Life

Thursday, February 8, 2024

4:30 - 7:00 pm (Pacific time)

Bellingham Golf and Country Club

3729 Meridian Street, Bellingham, WA 98225

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