Dr. J. Patrick Cummings

A Sheridan memorial service will be held at 7 pm Friday, July 24th at The WYO Theater for Dr. Pat Cummings, 56, who died July 11th when a private plane in which he was a passenger crashed in St. Johns County, Fla., killing the pilot as well.

Dr. Cummings was a partner with Dr. Larry Lidahl at Sheridan Eyecare for more than 20 years.

Cummings, a graduate of Pacific University’s College of Optometry, joined the AOA Board of Trustees in 1994; he was elected the AOA’s 81st president in 2002. After serving a one-year term as AOA president, Cummings joined Vistakon in December 2003 as VP, professional services, relocating to Florida. He was also a member of the Florida Optometric Association and the Northeast Florida Optometric Society. Cummings had been a private pilot himself for many years.

Cummings is survived by his widow, Becky; son Josh; daughter Abbra; granddaughter Mia; his mother, Ivy; brother Mike; sister Mary; and nieces and nephews. Cummings’ other son, Patrick, died in 2003.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to a scholarship fund established by the AOA in Cummings’ honor. Donations may be sent to: Dr. Pat and Patrick Cummings Memorial Fund, Optometry’s Charity, AOA National Office, 243 N. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63141.

In Sheridan, memorials may be sent to Sheridan College Foundation, Dr. Patrick Cummings' Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 1500, Sheridan, WY 82801.