Photo of Joaquin Patino-Cervantes.

LOGAN — Family have released the identity of the 21-year-old Lewiston man who died last weekend north of Preston, Idaho. Joaquin Patino-Cervantes was pronounced dead after drowning in Foster Reservoir, along Highway 34.

According to law enforcement, Patino was on a small raft approximately 30 yards off of the shore Sunday afternoon. Witnesses said the raft tipped over and he went under after struggling in the water.

An on-duty law enforcement personnel arrived on scene but was not able to locate Patino initially. The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Franklin County Search and Rescue, Franklin County Ambulance, Franklin County Fire District, Idaho Fish and Game, Preston City Police Department and volunteers were all dispatched to the reservoir to join the search effort. They found his body about two hours later.

In an obituary, family members said Patino “was a western cowboy who lived his life to the fullest.” He loved the outdoors and would spend his time hiking, fishing, camping and hunting in the nearby mountains.

Franklin County Sheriff David Fryar extended the thoughts and prayers of the sheriff’s office to the victim’s family. He said, “even though [Patino’s] death was the most tragic event, it was heartwarming to see such love expressed by the family.”

A Gofundme account has been set up for the family to assist with funeral expenses.

Patino’s family wrote how the 21-year-old was fearless and “took life by the horns.” He was also mature and wise beyond his years.

Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday, June 11 at 3:00 p.m. at St. Henry’s Catholic Church, in Brigham City. Viewings will be held on Friday night, June 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. and Saturday morning, June 11 from 11 to 1:00 p.m. Both viewings will be held at White Pine Funeral Services, in Logan. Interment will follow mass at the Brigham City Cemetery.


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