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Dr. Patrick Lee “Pat” Jasper, loving husband, father, and grandfather, accomplished pediatrician and diagnostician, veteran, and respected community member, died May 24, 2021. 

 

Dr. Jasper was born October 20, 1938 in Science Hill, KY to Oda Vernon (O.V.) and Vivian McClure Jasper.  He attended Somerset High School where he played on the basketball team, graduating in 1956.  In 2011 he was inducted into the Somerset High School Athletic Hall of Fame. 

 

He graduated from Union College in 1960 and Vanderbilt Medical School in 1965. He completed his pediatric residency at the University of North Carolina in 1968.  He then served as a Major in the Army Medical Corps from 1968-1970 before returning to Somerset, where he practiced at the Children’s Clinic for 30 years.

 

From 1979 to 2008, Dr. Jasper was a member the American Board of Pediatrics, serving as an oral examiner and a member of multiple sub-committees before becoming the Secretary-Treasurer in 1991, and then the Chair-elect and Chairman of the Board from 1992-1994.  Dr. Jasper married Kathryn Susan (Wright) Jasper in 1993.  Dr. Jasper and Mrs. Jasper traveled extensively in support of his role as Chair-elect and Chairman of the Board. 

 

Dr. Jasper was also a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Kentucky Medical Association, as well as a voluntary faculty member at the University of Kentucky Department of Pediatrics.  He and Mrs. Jasper were active members of the First Presbyterian Church of Somerset, KY where Dr. Jasper served as a member of the Session.

 

In retirement, Dr. Jasper remained an avid reader and sports fan.  He and Mrs. Jasper enjoyed frequent travel to Vero Beach, Florida, and they were active in the lives of their many grandchildren.  Dr. Jasper also continued to serve as a reviewer of medical documents on behalf of the Kentucky Medical Association. 

 

Dr. Jasper is preceded in death by his first wife, Margaret Wesley Jasper, his parents, O.V. and Vivian Jasper, his brother, Dr. Stephen Jasper, and his grandson, Miles Vaught.

 

He is survived by his wife Kathryn Susan Jasper, his daughter Jennifer Jasper, his son Rick Jasper (Christy), his stepdaughters Lisa Humphreys (Robert), Briana Haynes Small (Edwin), and Kara Haynes (Bryon Vaught), and his grandchildren: Chris and Ben Joplin, Luke and Justin Jasper, Mac and Cate Humphreys, Sunshine Randolph, Grace and Lauryn Hamm, Spencer Kate, Ella, Ezra, Nolan, and Roswell Vaught.

 

Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 27, 2021 from 5:00-7:00pm in the chapel of Somerset Undertaking Company. 

 

A Graveside Service will be held at Somerset Cemetery on Friday, May 28, 2021 at 10:00am.