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Beverly Pattishall, Jr

June 23, 1950 — March 2, 2024

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Wyck Pattishall, 73, died peacefully at his home in Santa Fe, NM, surrounded by family and loved ones on Saturday, March 2.
Wyck was predeceased by both his parents and his nephew, Kelly H. Watt. Wyck is survived by his brother Woodfin (Debra), his sisters Leslie (Alfred) and Paige Watt (Paul), his niece Morgan, nephew Soliel Sky, and grandnephew Tavaan. He is remembered with love by his former wife, Libby Skamfer, and his devoted caregiver, Munson.
Wyck was born on June 23, 1950, in Chicago, to Beverly W. and Nancy H. Pattishall. He attended Kent School and Tufts University. Returning to Chicago, he married in 1978 and began employment at Chicago Title and Trust Company. Seeking new and innovative challenges, he pioneered the 1031 Exchange business, forming the Chicago Deferred Exchange Corporation. He was soon recognized as an expert in that industry and began working with the US Treasury Department to write the industry regulations and additionally obtain private letter rulings. He enjoyed traveling the country and teaching realtors and lawyers the various ways to successfully and legally implement 1031 exchanges throughout his career.
Wyck lived life on his own terms. He was an avid reader, fly fisherman, horseman, skier, sailor, and amateur astronomer. He devoted much of his attention to his beloved yellow Labrador Retrievers. He cared about all wildlife. He continually sought new adventures and challenges, even experimenting with hang gliding and paragliding; the greater the risk, the greater the joy and thrill. His yacht, AD LIB, was built for him in France, and he sailed it back to the Caribbean, crossing the Atlantic with his brother and friends on one of the biggest adventures of his life. He was an exceptional sailor and navigator. He loved being on the ocean, especially when no land was in sight, and even sailing throughout the night in the dark. He felt a deep spiritual connection with the ocean. He named his vessel AD LIB, which was exactly how he preferred to experience his life: spontaneously and unrestrained. He spent many late nights in his observatory in Santa Fe viewing and photographing the extreme celestial bodies hundreds of millions of miles away and became part of an international supernova observation group. In September 2013, he was proud of having successfully identified and discovered an exploding star.
Wyck is remembered as a courageous, sensitive, generous, kind, and intelligent man. He believed strongly in helping others, supported numerous nonprofits, and gave years of service to the Juvenile Protection Association in Chicago. He will be missed by his family and those who were close to his true spirit.
A celebration of life will take place at a later date. Contributions in his honor may be made to Animal Protection of New Mexico https://apnm.org.
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