William Patterson (Pat) Cashill, born in Reno on August 22nd 1944, passed away unexpectedly in the morning hours at home on Saturday August 27th, 2016. Pat is survived by his proud wife, Johnna, sister Terry Juhola, son John and wife Charlotte, grandchildren Mackenzie and Aiden Cashill, daughter Kate and husband Ryan Blewett.
Aside from being an wonderful father and husband, Pat was a mountaineer, diver, fisherman and an adventurer.
Climbing Boundary Peak in Nevada, Mt. Shasta in California and Mt. Elbrus in Russia with John and Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania with Johnna, led him to the top of the world. Then while diving with Kate in the Truk Lagoon in Micronesia in the Western Pacific and Monterey Bay in California and with Johnna and Kate in the Great Barrier Reef off Australia, the Cayman Trench Walls off the Cayman Islands, Kohala Coast off the big island of Hawaii, Raja Ampat Islands off Western Papua in Indonesia and snorkeled in the Galapagos Islands off of Ecuador, Pat was able to see the depths of this great planet as well. And as an adventurer, Pat with Johnna saw the world - from Egypt and the Eastern Mediterranean, trekking via mountain passes from village to village in Switzerland; holidayed on the Cotê Azur; trekking the El Camino Santiago in Spain; traveled Australia from Sydney on the Pacific Ocean to Perth on the Indian Ocean; exploring Nevada's Black Rock Desert; fly fishing from the Truckee, East and West Walker Rivers, and Pyramid Lake in Nevada; to the Trinity, East/West Walker and Sacramento Rivers in Northern California; to the Missouri and Big Hole Rivers in Montana; to various river systems in Alaska's bush country; to the Big Island; rivers in Belize and Brazil.
Pat was also an avid skier, swimmer, former marathon runner, former rugby player (inside and outside three-quarter back) for the University of Colorado RFC and the St. Louis Bombers RFC; hunter; is a lifetime member of the Northern Nevada Handball Association; Former Board President of the Reno YMCA; and is knowledgeable in the history and culture of Nevada.
Pat received his A.B. from the University of Notre Dame in 1966 and his J.D. from the University of Colorado in 1969. Pat was an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Nevada based in Las Vegas, trying cases and handling the Government's business in Las Vegas, Reno, and throughout the State and District of Nevada from 1970 to 1971. Pat was the first Nevadan appointed to serve as a special attorney in the Organized Crime and Racketeering section of the United States Department of Justice and was assigned to the St. Louis (MO) Strike Force, where he served from 1971 to 1973. He prosecuted cases in the Eastern District of Missouri and the Southern District of Illinois. Pat was the 1986-87 President of the Nevada Trial Lawyer Association (now the Nevada Justice Association), directed the Association's lobbying activities during the 1987 session of the Nevada State Legislature, and served on the Board of Governors of the Nevada Justice Association and its PAC, Citizens For Justice. He acted as a lobbyist in the Nevada Legislature. He previously served on the Board of Governors of the American Association for Justice.
In addition to all of this, Pat became a Certified Fraud Examiner at the age of 70.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, September 1, 2016 at 2:00 pm at Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church, 1138 Wright St., Reno. Private burial will be held at Mt. View Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, a donation to the William Cashill Scholarship Endowment (Fund #175098) at the University of Nevada [UNR Foundation Mail stop 162 Reno, NV 89557 or at Giving.unr.edu] to help our nationally recognized debate team would be appreciated. Above all, embrace life and enjoy.
Please share memories and condolence messages for Pat in his Book of Memories at www.waltonsfuneralhomes.com.
Published in Reno Gazette-Journal from Aug. 30 to Aug. 31, 2016
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