Patrick Allen Artz

June 2, 1956 - October 10, 2009

Mr. Patrick Allen Artz, age 53, of Plano Texas, a much-loved husband and proud father, passed away October 10, 2009. He was born on June 2, 1956, in Dayton, Ohio to David Artz and Sharon Alltop. Patrick attended the University of Dayton, where he played football for the Dayton Flyers. On August 11, 1979, he married Cynthia Leetch in Dayton. He was a Senior Director of Recruiting for PMA USA, an insurance marketing company, and preserved many long-lasting relationships in the business. He was an avid mountain biker and loved to be outdoors. He embraced each and every moment of his life and made an unforgettable impression on all who knew him. More than anything else, his family brought him the greatest joy. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Cynthia Artz of Plano, Texas; sons, Kyle Patrick Artz of Atlanta, Georgia and Brandon Robert Artz of Chicago, Illinois; daughter, Kelsey Leigh Artz of Plano, Texas; mother, Sharon Alltop of Fort Pierce, Florida; sister, Karen Campagna of Boca Raton, Florida; brothers, Mike Artz and Chris Zile; and a host of other loving family and many friends. His father, David Artz preceded him in death. A memorial service will be held at Grace Presbyterian Church in Plano, Texas on Thursday, October 15, 2009 at 4:00 PM. Arrangements are under the direction of Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Directors. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73123-1718,, or LIVESTRONG Lance Armstrong Foundation, National Mail Processing Center, P.O. Box 6003, Albert Lea, Minnesota 56007-6603,

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Cindy, I will always cherish the memories of Columbus and Dayton. You were the first couple who had a baby and I treasured Kyle so very much. I am so glad you had so many wonderful years together. All my love to you, Cindy. Sharon Hall Lankford Baskevic, May 29, 2010 Pat you will be definitely missed my friend. We have Many, Many find memories with you and Cindy, especially the Holiday at Home Parade and the cookout breakfast with Scott when he was just a baby!! Our time together was way too short, and we know that you are smiling down on us with that special grin!! We love you! Ron & Janet Ron & Janet Yon, November 12, 2009 Dear Cindy, Kyle, Brandon and Kelsey, We are so sorry to learn from Cheri of Pat's illness and passing. We have fond memories of our boys playing during your Spyglass Hill days. Steve had good times playing wallyball and tennis with Pat. We will keep you family in our prayers. With sympathy, Steve, Carol and Matt McIntyre Brian and Ashley McIntyre Steve and Carol McIntyre, October 22, 2009 Dear Cindy and family, We will always remember Pat. He was instrumental in directing our lives down a path that has had many rewards, thanks to his relentless pursuit of Mike. He will always be part of our family's history. To live in hearts we leave behind, is not to die. Love Mike & Sue Foster Mike & Sue Foster, October 19, 2009 My sympathy to Pat's family and friends. I knew him from Capitol American, where he was a key player in our success. He was a focused, committed, first class professional who earned the respect of everybody he connected with. Tom Bresnan, October 16, 2009 Dear Cindy, Kyle, Brandon & Kelsey, We were so sad and shocked to hear about you losing Pat. I certainly didn't expect that kind of news when Bev called to let me know. We feel so bad we didn't know what he and all of you had been going through with his illness. Pat being anything but big and strong and healthy is just not easy to imagine. We remember and still miss our old next-door neighbors. I remember young parents with young kids enjoying being neighbors and good friends. We were so happy when you moved in, and so sad (for us) when you moved away. We have nothing but fond memories of Pat. We feel lucky to have known him. Cindy, please know, we are thinking about you all and wish we weren't so far away. Cherie & Mike Attebery, October 16, 2009 We were saddened to hear the passing of our beloved Pat. We have known him from our many years with Capitol American and Conseco. Cindy, you and the children are in our thoughts and prayers. Pat was an amazing guys and even though we have seen him for years, our memories are so strong of the way that he took care of the field force. May God grant you peace,comfort and strength in the days ahead. God Bless Karen & Doug Keeler Doug & Karen Keeler, October 16, 2009 With Great compassion for people we remember Pat, he was really always was such a pleasure to be around, we will miss him. We will pray for the Grace of God to you and your family and the strength to know his gifts truly await us all. George and Carol Varton George and Carol Varton, October 16, 2009 Kelsey, Mrs. Artz, Brandon, and Kyle -- I am so very sorry for your loss. Mr. Artz was such a great man and I enjoyed his company every time I was around your family. Kelsey, I miss you so much and wish I could be there with you during this difficult time. Please know that the Shaffer family is there for you for anything you may need. Brittany Shaffer, October 15, 2009 We were so sorry to hear of Pat's passing.. I know he struggled very hard. My brother Dave thought so much of Pat, as did we.. Our thoughts and prayers are with your whole family Robert and Suellen Brown robert l brown, October 15, 2009 Pat, You were one of the most focused and professional individuals I have ever met in my life! You were so dedicated to your family and your carreer with PMA, that it distilled a memory that will last forever with me. You were always so positive no matter what the situation was. You had a way of always turning every situation in to a positive outcome. I learned so much from you not only on recruiting but just about being a good person. You truly wrote the book on recruiting!! I always enjoyed our conversations and email exchanges about automobiles and toys. You will be missed,but not forgotten!! Tracie and I would like to offer up our deepest sympathy to you Cindy. Kyle, Brandon and Kelsey, just know your father is in a better place today than we are. LaVelle & Tracie Hunt LaVelle & Tracie Hunt, October 15, 2009 God calls and we answer, but that does not make the loss any easier to bear. We are so very sorry for your loss. Pat was just a great person: upbeat, friendly, and sharp witted. He will be missed by all that knew him. Always positive, I never heard Pat say a negative thing about a single person. Our prayers are with the Artz Family. May God bless and keep you. Steve and Joyce Bohne, October 15, 2009 Rarely in life do you meet someone as kind hearted and caring as Pat. The effort that he put forth to make others feel welcome and comfortable is a quality that most people today do not portray. The last time I saw Pat was at a 5 year celebration for John Meacham, I hugged Pat at that time and told him I Loved him. He said thanks, that really means alot to me. What a great guy. Greg L Lemond, October 15, 2009 We will keep Pat and his family in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless. Dave and Monica Ackley, October 15, 2009 I had only a short time to get to know Pat but am so happy to have had the opportunity. His strong positive spirit, love for the PMA team, openness, and willingness to lend a hand left me feeling that i could always turn to Pat and he would be of help. My condolences to Pat's family. He was a treasure. Barb Stewart, October 15, 2009 All of us at Conseco loved working with Pat. We will truly miss him. Our prayers go out to his family Mike Bottoms, October 15, 2009 Dear Cindy... Having known you guys for the past twenty years, there are so many fond memories... Patrick was an incredible guy, and through the sadness of his passing know how much he will be missed by all whose lives he touched, especially me... My thoughts are with you and the children in this beyond difficult time... Lots of love, Sherri (Louer) Sherri Louer, October 15, 2009 Pat was a wonderful fellow. He was always there if you needed him. What a calm cool customer he was. He will be missed. God Bless Him and his family. Rob & Bretta Wilkinson, October 15, 2009 Our deepest sympathy to the Artz family. We are keeping you in our prayers. Pat actually got to witness my first golf game. Even in those moments, I got words of encouragement and chuckles. He was a man excellent at his job. He helped me many times by phone and in person and always had time to help perfect and guide. He was a very respected, kind man and will indeed be missed greatly. May his memories be a tool of peace in this time of sorrow. God Bless all of you. Dean and Esta Raasch Dean Raasch, October 15, 2009 Pat was always there for me and so many others. The strong one of the family. We love him so much and will always be in our heart and mind. He is in good hands now and will be taken care of. Now Pat and his Dad can get back to being together and renew there love for each other. We love you Cindy, Kyle, Brandon and Kelsey you are my family Lorraine and Din , October 15, 2009 Our prayers and thoughts poor out to you during this time of great sorrow. I know Patrick will be missed greately by all of PMA. Even though I only met him once briefly, when this happens to one family, it hits all of us. J.R. THOMAS, October 15, 2009 All I can say is that this man was an increasing inspiration the more I got to know him and of him! God Bless You Pat, you will be dearly missed! My prayers and condolences to the beloved family! Michelle Leslie Parker, October 15, 2009 My prayers will be with the artz family. Thank you Pat for all you did for us out in the field. Providing recruiting material and pioneering so many great programs to grow our sales teams. You are at peace now and have no more pain. Kevin Hopkins Kevin Hopkins, October 15, 2009 I never got to meet Pat, but I know he was a wonderful man because of the wonderful family he helped make with Cindy. My thoughts and prayers are with all of them now. Polly Tallas, October 14, 2009 I will always remember the Wonderful person that Pat was, my heartfelt sympathy to a very blessed family,that had him much too short a time.May God bless & comfort you. Cheryl Mattern Cheryl Mattern, October 14, 2009 Our memories of Patrick will always be of his big smile and his positive and uplifting spirit. He seemed to give his life to the fullest. This world will be a little less positive now. Our love and prayers go to you, Cindy and family for your loss of a very special husband and father. We will certainly miss Patrick, but he will continue to influence us all with the legacy he left imbedded in our memories. Alan & Linda Naas, October 14, 2009 Even thought I didnt get to interact with Pat very much in my years with PMA, I always remember that smile and bright energy he always exuded. My prayers are with his family for strength and healing. God bless. Martha Velasco, October 14, 2009 Always a Professional and always a Gentleman. Pat had time for all his associates in the field and always tried to help by sharing his world experiences. Our team in Iowa was shocked to hear of the loss of a great guy that followed the creed of Do Good, Do Well and have some fun along the way. Despite the fight which had to be difficult, Pat was always a man of great determination and resolve. Our prayers will be with the family during this time. Brian Bolton Brian Bolton, October 14, 2009 It was such a pleasure knowing Pat Artz here at PMA. He set the best example - professional, family loving man and sincere concern for others. He will truly be missed. To the Artz family, may his loving memories confort your hearts. God Bless You, Laura Easley, Dallas TX Laura Easley, October 14, 2009 Cindy and family, my thought and prayers are with you as you deal with today and the days to come. Cindy I thought of the trip to Cobo hanging out with you and Pat. He will be missed. Great guy to have worked with in the past when I first came to PMA and was glad to see he was still there after I left and came back. God's love will get you through the darkest hours. Audrey Wells, October 14, 2009 Thank You for all you taught me about the business. Most of all thank you for the times of sharing about your family and the things life taught you. The conversations that we had on the trips, in your office and on the phone will last forever.Thanks for the encouragement that you gave me. You are greatly missed. Your friend Bruce Bruce Charles Hereim, October 14, 2009 We were shocked and saddened to hear about Pat's passing. We have great memories from our days as neighbors in Spyglass Hill in Strongsville,OH. Our A + Z bowling team will always bring a smile to our faces. We still hang the ornament that Cindy gave us on our tree at Christmas. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Artz Family. Bev and Drew Zamiska Strongsville,OH Bev and Drew Zamiska, October 14, 2009 Dear Cyndy, I was so sorry to hear of Pat's passing. He was a great High School friend. Even though I haven't spoken with him recently I would think of him from time to time and how much fun we had. I remember our great trips to Florida for "Spring Break" and riding around in his convertible. He was a great Football player and Team Mate and he will be missed. Sincerely,Don Bernard Donald "Don" Bernard, October 14, 2009 Cindy, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Margie Eldridge Margie Eldridge, October 14, 2009 Cindy, Kyle, Brandon, and Kelsey - We are so deeply sorry for your loss. Pat was one of the kindest and most modest people, though he accomplished a lot in his time here. I remember him getting his compass tattoo and thinking "How cool that he went with Brandon to get that". We won't be able to join you tomorrow, but we're with you in spirit. John, Mary, Colin, and Mollie Mollie Ferrigan, October 14, 2009 Dear Cindy, Brandon, Kelsey, There are no words that can be spoken, to ease the pain and loss you are feeling, at this time. We thought so much of Pat. He was a great person and will be missed by many. We pray God will grant you His strength and com- fort, in you loss. God Bless all of you. Johnie & Opal Murphy, Palermo, California Johnie & Opal Murphy, October 14, 2009 Dear Cindy, Kyle, Brandon and Kelsey, I am so very sorry that your wonderful husband and great Dad has passed. My last memories of Pat are from last October when he and Cindy arrived in South Carolina for his Grandmother Ferrigan's 90th Birthday. Pat presented her with flowers and a happy smile. Always cherish the happy memories and Pat's spirit will be with you forever. With love and prayers, Sammie Ferrigan Sammie Ferrigan, October 14, 2009 Hard to imagine life without a dear, dear friend and colleague like Patrick Artz. This is heartbreaking news. Patrick was loved by everyone whose life he touched. He was a true CHAMPION and will be immensely missed. Although he has moved to a much better place now, his spirit will always be with us at PMA, and with his doting family. We will make him proud by energizing ourselves to protect more folks from these terrible diseases, that rob us and our families of our loved ones when we least expect them to. RYAN MENEZES, October 14, 2009 Dear Artz Family, I am so very sorry for your loss I just wanted to expresses my deepest concern for you and your family at this time. One of the things that I have personally found to be a great source of comfort is the thoughts expressed in the Bible at John 5:28,29 Along with Revelation 21:4 Were see that God is not only going to bring our loved ones back to life but is also going to eliminate all of the reasons for why we get sick grow old and die in the first place. It is my sincere hope that these thoughts bring your family comfort at this time. Once again I am so sorry for your loss. sarah R Jones, October 14, 2009 I first met Pat at Capitol American in Cleveland, Ohio. I was with Capitol and Conseco for almost 20 years and our paths crossed many times. He was a very special person and I am happy and fortunate to have known him. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy for your loss. May you find comfort in knowing that Pat is at peace now. Judy Theis, October 14, 2009 I met Patrick 3 years ago he was very fine Father and Business Man and a blessing to me and my Family Larry Steven Settles, October 14, 2009 I was fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Pat at Capitol American Insurance in Cleveland. Not only did Pat leave a legacy of being a great husband and father, he consistantly displayed characteristics of a strong leader, a hard worker and a professional role model, always with a positive attitude. We know that Pat is in a better place with our Lord and Savior. Cyndy, Debi and the Moore family extend our deepest sympathy and prayers to you and your entire family during this most difficult time. May God Bless. Bill Moore, October 14, 2009 Cindy and family, We have worked with your husband/dad for many years. He visited our home and we got to know him as a person, rather than just a business aquaintance. He spoke highly of his family and his bike rides with the kids. We will miss his presence at PMA. We also extend our deepest sympathy to your family, as we know how much he will be missed. With great sorrow, Wendi and Michael Grimaldi michael and wendi grimaldi, October 14, 2009 Our blessings to the family. You will always be in our memories for the great experience and person that you were. Phillip & Patricia Hollis, October 14, 2009 Patrick, I only knew you the few times we biked together at LB Houston and Rowlett Creek, but you were one of the nicest people I ever met. I know that you'll find the trails in Heaven and you'll be riding high with your new wings! I'm sorry to see you go and my deepest regards to your family! Will keep you all in my prayers, Jill Zeagler Jill Zeagler, October 14, 2009 Thank u Pat for all that u have done for all of us !!! Rest in peace> Kelly Osborne, October 14, 2009 Dear Artz family, I met Pat early in my career with Capitol American. He was an engaging strong man with values and a work ethic that he lived every day. I am truly sorry for your loss. I hope that you find strength in your faith and in each other. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Your father will be watching over you. Becky Lamb Becky Lamb, October 14, 2009 Cindy, Kyle, Brandon and Kelsey-I am truely sorry for your loss. Pat was a wonderful husband, father and friend. I know a little of the brave battle that he fought and will always admire his courage. He is now without pain. Tom Tom Ferrigan, October 14, 2009 Our prayers and hopes are with all of you. Jon and Nancy Dorris, October 14, 2009 I have so many great memories of Pat that it is difficult to get them all into words. His great sense of humor and love for great music are examples of someone who was comfortable and at ease in any situation. His love for his family, his work and his appreciation for the people around him in general made Pat a truly exceptional man! Oh and he was pretty smart too! I will miss him! Much love to the Artz family! I am thinking of you. Leanne McArthy, October 14, 2009 Judy and I would like to express our deepest sympathy to the Artz family. I had the privilige of knowing Pat for over 26 years. Pat and I worked together at ADP and when I had the opportunity to create a position for him at Capitol American I wanted him on my team. I found him to be one the most positive people I have ever known and he helped me retain a positive outlook always. I want his children to know how proud he was of them as we shared our stories of our families development. I will miss our conversations and friendship but find comfort in knowing he is in a better place. Joe Gross Joe Gross Joseph Gross, October 14, 2009 Pat was a dear friend.Cindy I just want you to know how sad we all feel for you and your children.Pat as you know, of course was quite a guy.He had great work ethic,but I like to focus on our friendship.I cherish the times we spent with you both snd we will miss that. Pat is now in safe hands.John 11:41-42 gives us an example of the resurrection hope My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Mattie Mattie L. Meacham, October 14, 2009 I extend my deepest condolences to the family of Patrick Artz. May God bless and keep Mr Artz, his family and loved ones. Best regards, Shannon Whitten-CMD Shannon Whitten, October 14, 2009 Dating his daugter during high school, Pat was a little intimidating to me at first. =) Early into my relationship with Kelsey, I encountered a tragedy of my own and that's when I got to see how wonderful the Artz family is. The love and care that was shown to my family and I will last with me forever. I'll always remember Pat for his big grin and handshake as I walked into the house and for his warm, funny sense of humor that always made me feel so welcome. Cindy, Kyle, Brandon and Kelsey, you all were so lucky to have him as a dad and husband--so many people don't get to experience that.. Certainly a life worth celebrating! Garen Barclay Webb, October 13, 2009 Kels,Mrs.Cindy, Brandon, and Kyle..i am always thinking and praying for yall! Now Mr. Pat and my aunt cath are healthy in the amazing place of heaven!! They will be great friends and now our gardian angels! STAY STRONG! He is always with you..might be gone physcially but will never leave your hearts! Love you Kels Marie :) Artz! Evan Alston, October 13, 2009 Patrick interviewed me for an opportunity, I was absolutely amazed and blown away by Pat's professionalism, ability to convey and extract info and his genuine interest in the person across the table. We became colleagues, I'd like to think friends also. I'll miss our "intellectual banter" sessions and the ethical,caring,interesting, family loving man that he was. My prayers continue for the Artz family. Pam Dabner, October 13, 2009 Kelsey, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You & your family are in my prayers and I will wish peace and comfort among you all. May he watch over you & bless you each and every day. Juli Ryan Juli Ryan, October 13, 2009 A friend and mentor, Pat will be missed, so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you.. Mike & Betty Fedorchak Michael John Fedorchak, October 13, 2009 My deepest condolences to The Artz Family. I am sadden by the turn of events but also happy to have known a wonderful man. Geisha Rodgers, October 13, 2009 Although I didn't know Pat for very long, during the three years that I was at PMA he always had a pleasant smile and a kind word everyday. I am sure that Pat will be greatly missed by his family and friends. My prayers and thoughts are with you. God bless the Artz family during this time of mourning. Demetra Wyatt Demetra Wyatt, October 13, 2009 Cyndy, Margie, David and I are so truly sorry to hear of Pat's passing. He will always hold a special place in our hearts. I am so glad that I was able to talk with him before our Lord took him away. He was a strong person throughout his life and you must know that he loved his family ever so much. While we won't be able to attend the services in person, we will be there with our thoughts and prayers. David Deliz David A Deliz, October 13, 2009 I had the pleasure of working with Pat for many years in Cleveland, Ohio in the late 1980's and early/mid 1990's at Capitol American Life. His strong work ethic, engaging personality, and great sense of humor left an impression on everyone. He will be greatly missed. My daughter was going thru cancer treatments at the same time as Pat. During our conversations over the past year or so, he ALWAYS focused his questions and comments about her and did not dwell on his struggles. That obviously shows what type of person he was. My thoughts and prayers are with Pat and his family during this difficult time. Phil McKelvey, October 13, 2009 God Speed Pat. Your next journey has now begun. Thank you for your support, professionalism and kindness that you extended to me and Rita over the past seven years. Rita and I pray that God will grant your family favor, peace, protection and blessing's to numerous to count. With Admiration & Respect; Bob & Rita Greywood Fort Collins, CO. Robert R Greywood, October 13, 2009