Mass of Christian burial for Dr. Pat Nolan, 89-year-old Buffalo resident who passed away Friday morning at the Close to Home Hospice in Gillette will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, March 1 at the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Buffalo with the Rev. Pete Johnson officiating. A vigil service will be held at 6 p.m. at the church on Thursday. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday from the Harness Funeral Home Chapel. Donations in Dr. Pat’s name may be made to Right to Life or St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in care of Harness Funeral Home at 351 N. Adams in Buffalo. Online condolences may be made at www.harnessfuneralhome.com.
Patrick David Nolan was born on July 29, 1929, in Upton to David and Elisabeth Nolan. He grew up and went to school in Upton and graduated from Upton High School with the class of 1947. He was married on Sept. 21, 1950, in Upton to Wanda Driskell, and they began their married life on the family ranch at Upton. In 1957, Pat attended Chadron State College in Chadron, Nebraska, where he took pre-med classes. In 1959, he was accepted into the University of Utah School of Medicine where he received his doctor of medicine. In 1964, they moved to Santa Rosa, California, where Dr. Pat did a residence in family practice. In 1966, he took a job with the Buffalo Clinic where he worked until he retired in 1999. Pat had a passion for obstetrics and delivered 2,400 babies during his career. Wanda passed away in July 2006, and Dr. Pat continued living in Buffalo until his death.
He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus.
He is survived by two sons, Dr. Dan Nolan and his wife Kathy of Sundance, and Tim Nolan of Newcastle; three daughters, Diane White and her husband Howard of Upton, Dr. Marion Smith and her husband Steve of Torrington, Maureen Grubbs and her husband Robbie and Tamora Coburn all of Upton; 15 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, one sister and one brother.