Meet Your Neighbor: Patrick Meehan

The Meehan family of Queen Creek: clockwise from top left, Patrick, Brenden, Laurisa and Morgon. (Special to the Independent/Patrick Meehan)

The Meehan family of Queen Creek: clockwise from top left, Patrick, Brenden, Laurisa and Morgon. (Special to the Independent/Patrick Meehan)

 

Name: Patrick Meehan

Age: 45

Town/Neighborhood: Queen Creek/ Langley Gateway II

When & why I moved here: We moved from Phoenix to the area in 2001. We were interested in the area because of its rural setting and to be closer to my wife’s family.

What I like most about living here: The great people and friends we have made. The small town feel and the clear skies.

What I do: I am the manager member and founder of B and M Communications LLC, a full-service low-voltage contractor specializing in residential and commercial security systems, commercial access control systems, CCTV systems, audio visual systems and your local Dish-authorized retailer. You can find out more about the company by calling 480-458-5540 or visiting our website.

What I like most about what I do: As an owner who started as an installer, I enjoy the feeling of a job well done. The ability to look around the Valley and say, “I worked on that job, building, home and we made the customer happy they chose our company.”

Changes I’d like to see in this area: As a father I would like to see more activities or places for teens to hang out, like an activity center or bowling alley/pool hall or game place with snack bar. We need to keep our teens entertained and off the streets.

Favorite community cause & why: Boy Scouts of America Troop and Pack 738 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. Both of my boys were in Cub Scouts and are in Boy Scouts now. For the past eight years we have been active in Pack 738 at Our Lady of Guadalupe; my wife as committee chair for the last three years and myself as a den leader. We handed over the reins to a new group of amazing parent volunteers this February when our youngest crossed over to Boy Scouts. I started doing it for my sons alone but after a few years realized that it was great for many other boys. I was so happy that we had 12 boys from my den cross over to Boy Scouts this year. I was proud and sad at the same time. The BSA provides more than just fun for kids. It also allows you to connect with many parents who we consider great friends now. The pack and troop provide community service and the kids and parents are glad to do it. Many hands make light work.

My family: Wife Laurisa and our two sons, Brenden, 16, and Morgon, 11, who attend schools in the Queen Creek Unified School District.

My interests and hobbies: Playing guitar, audio and video technologies and camping.

The trait(s) I admire in others: Organization, positive attitude and the ability to give of yourself.
People who inspired me (and how): I have been very lucky to have many people who have shaped me and inspired me. First my wife, Laurisa. Wow, did I hit the jackpot when I met her. I was lucky enough to marry my best friend. Laurisa was a self-contained special needs teacher, teaching in Phoenix from 1998 to 2001 and Queen Creek from 2001 until 2014. She is the hardest working person I have ever met and I have met a ton of very hard-working people. She does everything the right way. If she doesn’t know the right way she learns the correct way and does it that way. She wanted to be a teacher since she was a young child because she looked up to Laura Ingalls Wilder from “The Little House on the Prairie” book series. She is one of the only people I know who chose her career at such a young age and actually has achieved her goal. She has helped so many children and parents. She is a well-respected educator at the QCUSD and was a mentor teacher for incoming special needs teachers. She loves to help people, volunteers us and keeps my calendar busy. I would not be living the American dream if it was not for meeting her.

Also, David Jordan inspires me. I worked with David at two different employers before going off to start my own business. David showed me how to install my first alarm system and is the best installer I have ever worked with. He always had a smile on his face throughout the day and we truly got things done. He doesn’t cut any corners and truly has a great outlook about work. He had a good sense of humor even when work was tough, which made our jobs easier. Not only was he my co-worker but he was also my best friend. We worked together for 10 years, from 1996 to 2006. I learned to love this work from David and he showed me so much. I still keep in touch with David.

My guiding philosophy: I like the Cub Scout motto “Do Your Best.”

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