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Max Patino, Jr.

Obituary for Max Patino, Jr.

June 18, 1957 - January 8, 2019
San Antonio, Texas | Age 61

... strolled confidently and curiously into Heaven ...


A master artisan, Max F. Patiño, Jr., strolled confidently and curiously into Heaven on Tuesday, January 8th in the noon hour. No doubt as he entered St. Peter's gates, he paused to examine the workmanship closely.

Max lived life with passion. He delighted in hard work and exquisite craftsmanship. Precision and careful detail were the hallmarks of his work. He loved his work and loved having fun, from a running leap off the bridge at "Stinky" Falls to creatively concocting dishes in the kitchen or at the grill. He loved "figuring things out." When he grew quiet, there was no doubt that something amazing was in the works.

Max was born on June 18th, 1957 to Max F. and Pauline Patiño. He attended St. Cecilia's Catholic School, Central Catholic High School, and St. Mary's University. His friends from those years have remained his friends for life. He loved people and had his parents' gift for making them feel his delight in them for being uniquely themselves.

Always fiercely independent, Max created an advanced learning curriculum for himself that wove together varied experiences in art and business that ultimately flowered in Cactus Max - Fine Art Metal. His beautiful work will live on as a tribute to his craftsmanship. The design community will mourn the loss of a gifted fabricator - they dreamed it - he made their dreams work. Among his many achievements, he was most proud of being among the distinguished company of his fellow Eagle Scouts.

Max is survived by his wife, Doreen Schneider Patiño and their daughter, Cristina Mary Ann Patiño, as well as his sister, Mitzi Patiño Eastman (Phillip) and brother, Mark W. Patiño (Tammie). His Schneider in-laws also mourn his loss Darold (Evelyn), Kurt Keidel (widower of Darlene), Dennis (Cathy) Duane (deceased) and Deleen (Darren Cook). His nephews and nieces, Patiños and Schneiders all joyed in a battle of wits with their uncle: Max, Tori, Kati, Alex, Christa (Richard Mitchell), Robert (Eva), Zach (Andreé), Travis (Katey), Garrett, and Nick. Also part of his family were his band of brothers from Central Catholic who remained a source of strength throughout his fight. Sharing the joys and sorrows of life together was a blessing.

The family would like to thank the medical teams whose care and expertise combined with compassion as he fought the rare cancer that beset him: Dr. Steven Kalter, and his staff at the START Center, Dr. Robert Benjamin and staff at the Sarcoma Center at MD Anderson Hospital, and especially the incredible caregivers of the 8th Floor Oncology Unit at Methodist Medical Center. Words don't suffice to express our gratitude. A Rosary will be recited on Sunday, January 13, 2019 at 7:00 PM in the Porter Loring Chapel on McCullough.

Monday, January 14, 2019
12:00 PM
St. Peter Prince of the Apostles Catholic Church
111 Barilla Place, San Antonio, TX 78209

In lieu of floral tributes, the family asks that you direct your gift to the American Cancer Society, M. D. Anderson Hospital, or the charity of your choice in his memory.

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Porter Loring Mortuary

1101 McCullough Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78212
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