Patrick Joseph Brophy, age 79, died October 13, 2023, at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Polson, Montana after a lengthy illness. Patrick was born April 5, 1944, in Conrad, Montana to Robert and Eleanore Johns Brophy. He attended school in Valier, Montana. He graduated from Carroll College in 1966, and University of Montana Law School in Missoula in 1969.
Patrick served six months in the Army Reserves receiving an honorable discharge. Following law school, Patrick worked in Kalispell briefly in private practice, including serving as a part time Federal Magistrate and later in in the Montana Attorney General’s Office. In 1970, he married Carole Ann Frankovich of Butte, Montana. In 1972, Patrick worked for the Anaconda Company as Legal Counsel in Tucson where he focused on employment law. In 1977, he moved to Denver where he worked for Arco Oil and Gas Corporation as Legal Counsel. He traveled the world in this capacity, including a lengthy case before the International Court of Justice in the Hague, Netherlands.
In 1985, he moved to Dallas and continued to work for Arco as Lead Counsel. He retired from Arco in 1999 after nearly 30 years of service. In 2019, he returned to Montana in retirement, moving to Polson where he enjoyed his time on Flathead Lake. In retirement, Patrick enjoyed playing golf, cooking, and reading. He was known to carry a copy of the United States Constitution in his briefcase. Patrick was a man of character and he valued time with his family. He had a great intellect and a keen sense of humor which was appreciated by all.
Survivors include his wife Carole Brophy of Polson, Montana; daughter Elizabeth Brophy (Rory) Juneman of Tucson, Arizona; son Nathan Brophy of Dallas, Texas; grandchildren Audrey and Eleanore Juneman and Claire and Nate Brophy; brothers Robert Brophy of Hamilton, Montana and Keith Brophy of Valier, Montana and sister Kathryn Miser of Fort Benton, Montana.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in his name be sent to the Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana in Missoula, Montana. Gifts can be made online or by mailing a check to the University of Montana Foundation (P.O. Box 7159, Missoula, MT 59807) with the memo line noting "Blewett School of Law Impact Fund."