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Curtis Patrick

Patrick moved easily from handling security and asset-protection for a large, bankrupt ranch and estate in Southern California, for the U.S. District Court, to Special Assistant to Sen. Barry Goldwater in 1964. He then fortuitously, thanks to Peggy Goldwater and Nancy Reagan, became Reagan’s first advance-man in 1965, helping to set up public events and appearances first throughout Southern California, then throughout the entire state, with a dedicated team of mostly volunteers, handling security, communications and transportation for the candidate and his up to 28-person 1966 Reagan for Governor Campaign staff, traveling press, media, photographers and even a few journalists from other countries.



Reagan, on winning his governor’s race with a “landslide” victory against entrenched machine-politician, Edmund G. ‘Pat” Brown, asked Patrick to join him in Sacramento as Special Assistant to his chief of staff, then titled, the Executive Secretary. Later he became Special Assistant to the Governor, handling a myriad of diverse tasks, special projects and Task Forces; in addition to his normal assignments involving Reagan’s personal Security, Communications & Transportation.


In 1968 Patrick was asked to head a secret team of Reagan loyalists engaged by RR’s Appointments Secretary, Thomas C. Reed (later U.S. Air Force Secretary and author, AT THE ABYSS, An Insider’s History of the Cold War), Communications Director Lyn Nofziger (later same title in the Reagan White House) and political legend F. Clifton White. The goal: The FIRST effort to achieve the presidential nomination for Reagan at the GOP National Convention in Miami. To design a clandestine field operation, electronic command-post and convention-floor, delegate management system to win that nomination!



The author handled a number of Special Projects for Governor Reagan and the staff during the 1970’s including Director Governor’s Conference on California’s Changing Environment, Director The Governor’s Building & Construction Industry Task Force, Governor’s Rep., Presidential Tax Seminar, Western & National Governor’s Conferences, again: Security, Communications & Transportation. Director Governor’s Telecommunications Task Force, to name a few.


During the 1980’s Patrick became Finance Director Western Governor’s Conference at Lake Tahoe, for Nevada Governor Bob List Press & Media Director, Nevada Republican Party for Reagan’s visit, speech & rally at University of Nevada, Reno. Chairman Nevada Republican Party. Hosted President Reagan as State GOP Chair, fund-raising visit, speech and special events, Las Vegas, Nevada. Special projects for White House Staff.


All the time staying in touch with the original Reagan team to assist Reagan in achieving his goals and help enhance the Ronald Reagan legacy.



Carrying on Reagan’s tradition of environmental protection in the treasured and fragile Lake Tahoe Basin; years after the “Summit” held by Nevada Governor Paul Laxalt and his friend, California Governor, Ronald Reagan at Heavenly Valley ski area---Patrick became a Trustee of the Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District (and bomb squad), later elected to the position of Chairman of the Board of Trustees for eight years. He was chosen Chairman of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency’s (Bi-state government of the Lake Tahoe Basin) Business Community Master Plan Steering Committee for the Nevada side and part of the California side of the Lake Tahoe Basin, in order to continue to protect the viable businesses at the Lake (a Reagan principle to protect the rights of small as well as large business owners), while at the same time protecting the pristine quality of Lake Tahoe. For similar reasons, Patrick was elected President of the Tahoe-Sierra Preservation Council, representing over 3,500 property owners in both California and Nevada, throughout the Lake Tahoe Basin. Later, when he moved just outside of the Lake Tahoe Basin to the Carson Valley, he answered the call to service, joined the Sheridan Volunteer Fire Department, headed up the “Engine 8 Wildfire Team” and rose to the rank of Assistant Chief. Technical Reserve Deputy, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, 15 years.



The strong dedication infused Patrick with a desire to follow in the footsteps of his mentor, boss, leader and friend, Ronald Reagan.


Patrick said, “Hopefully, these books will show the spirit and inner-thoughts of others of our Reagan Team colleagues who have been equally dedicated, to strive for the highest goals possible in whatever endeavor they are engaged; to carry on the examples of Civility, Comity , Courtesy, Decorum, Honesty, Respect and Trust, set by Ronald Reagan!”



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