CLARIFICATION: As noted in the story below, it was earlier reported by outside sources that the group was helping tornado victims in Oklahoma but family and friends later clarified that this was an annual missions trip.
SUNNYVALE –– A community is mourning the loss of a young man from Sunnyvale who lived to serve.
Hundreds packed into the Marthoma Church in Mesquite Wednesday night to pay respects to Patrick Maruthmmotil.
The 26-year-old died in a traffic accident while on a mission trip in Oklahoma. Three others were injured in that head-on collision near Smithville, Oklahoma. Family and friends say the other victims are in stable condition.
“His job was important to him, but more [important] than anything else was the community he had around him,” said his long-time roommate, Ben Morrow.
Maruthmmotil was an engineer with Texas Instruments. He was well-respected for his talents as a musician and his willingness to help and serve.
Maruthmmotil was with a church group at a Vacation Bible School Camp in in Broken Bow, Oklahoma. It was earlier reported by outside sources that the group was helping tornado victims in Oklahoma but family and friends later clarified that this was an annual missions trip.
“He was on so many mission trips -- he went all the time,” said his cousin, Jennifer John. “[He was] very kind-hearted, genuine, and everybody knew it.”
His fiancé, Pearl Rajan, first heard news of the accident from a relative. Patrick and Pearl were set to get married next July.
“I had to switch planning for a wedding to planning for a funeral,” Rajan said.
Maruthmmotil’s parents live in the United Arab Emirates. Morrow said Patrick always talked about "living the American dream."
“Today when I woke up, I realized how much I missed him," Rajan said. "There were no more 'good morning' texts."