Pat Trautman

New Mexico United States
(b. 1947 - d. 2016)

ALAMOGORDO — Longtime community leader and educator, and Republican Women of Otero County Chair Patricia Ruth Trautman passed away Saturday, Oct. 30, 2016 from pancreatic cancer. She was 69. Pat was born on July 23, 1947 in New Jersey, the oldest child in a family of four girls and one boy. In 1970, Pat married Fred Trautman. Together they lived in North Carolina, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Maryland before moving to Alamogordo in 1982. Pat home-schooled their son Peter until the sixth grade. Her husband Fred said that her son Peter "decided he didn't want to be home-schooled anymore. He went to school at North (Elementary)." Pat was looking around for things to do. I said, 'Why don't you be a teacher? You're always teaching people something." Pat enrolled at New Mexico State University-Alamogordo and later NMSU's main campus in Las Cruces to earn her teaching degree. "When she graduated in December, we were in the basketball arena," Fred recalled. "It was getting late and the sun was setting. When they called her name, just as she stood up a ray of light hit her. She was really special. Very loving, very caring."

For about 14 years, Pat served her community as a teacher at Holloman and North elementary schools. After Pat retired, she began working for the local Republican Party. Pat served as the Republican Women of Otero County Chair for about four years and continued working for the party until her last week on Earth. "The week that she passed away, she was sending emails to encourage people to come to the Republican Party," said Gail McCutcheon, Pat's sister. "She loved this country and so she wanted the best for it." Pat was also very involved in the La Leche League, Homeschoolers of Otero County, Right to Life of Otero County and King’s Treasure. McCutcheon remembered her older sister as a woman who was everybody's best friend. "For me personally, she was my mentor all throughout life," McCutcheon said. "It didn't stop with just me, she helped everyone with questions they had about parenting, nutrition, politics – she lived well and loved well. She was an amazing woman."

Deborah Dean, Pat's youngest sister, said Pat loved her family very much. "She had one son, Peter, his wife Jenna, who was a wonderful daughter-in-law and two grandchildren, Noah and Emma," Dean said. "She had a habit of not wanting to talk about herself. You'd try to get her to talk about herself, especially recently when she started having so much trouble with the cancer, and I'd try to get her to tell me what was going on and she always changed the subject to tell me about the newest baby and how the baby was doing." Dean, who looks very similar to Pat, said she was constantly being stopped at the store by strangers. "I was forever getting stopped by strangers in Wal-Mart and they'd start hugging me and then they'd realize I wasn't Pat," Dean said. "I'd say, 'Thank you so much.’ “I really enjoyed Pat's hugs."

Pat's niece, Meghan McCutcheon Isaacs, said that her aunt was always smiling and full of love. "She will always hold a special place in my heart," Isaacs said. "She was always thinking of others even right up to her final moments. She coached me through the years on pregnancy, breastfeeding, parenting, the importance of acidophilus and vitamin C and every Christmas she would bring the most creative gifts for everyone. She had this special way of making everyone feel special and loved. She loved her country, her family, the Lord and she loved children." Issacs said in Pat's final moments alive, she asked her if the kids were being too loud and Pat "smiled her Aunt Pat smile" and whispered, "I love it." "Her absence is going to leave a void in the lives of those who know her best," Issacs said. "She fought the good fight and she finished well. Now I know there is in store for her a crown."

Pat is survived by Fred and Peter Trautman, her husband and son; Peter’s wife Jenna and their two children, Noah and Emma; James Mowell, her father; and her three sisters, Gail McCutcheon, Sharon Brock, and Debbie Dean. She is survived by a large number of nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. Pat's memorial service will be at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3, at Christ Community Church, 2960 N Scenic Drive. The service will be followed by a reception at Fellowship Hall, also at Christ Community Church.

March 7, 2017 ~ Retired LLL Leader Jan Ferrell who lives in Milford, Delaware USA, submitted Pat’s name for “We Remember.” Jan recalls that she knew Pat in Gaithersburg, Maryland when Pat was an LLL Leader there. Pat and her family moved to Alamogordo, New Mexico in 1982. Jan was a Leader in Gaithersburg after Pat had moved.