Darwin Patrick O'Daniel
Darwin Patrick O'Daniel son of Joseph E. O'Daniel
on September 5,1959, at St. Benedict's Catholic Church
Rosemary Lancaster they had five children:
Mary Ellen Farabaugh (Ray),
Sean Patrick O'Daniel,
Mary Patricia Samila (Mark),
Michael Joseph O'Daniel (Elizabeth "Missy"),
Erin Nicholas O'Daniel (Lynda).
He was owner and mannager of D-Patrick Imports and Key Ford
In 1949, two brothers, Bernard and Joseph O'Daniel, founded the Key Motors Desoto Plymouth automobile
dealership at the corner of Fifth and Walnut Streets in downtown Evansville. In 1958, the Desoto Plymouth
franchise was dropped and the dealership began selling automobiles manufactured by Ford Motor Company.
In 1960, the dealership, renamed Key Ford, purchased Tri State Ford also located in downtown Evansville
at Riverside and Vine. The two dealerships were combined at the Fifth and Walnut location.
Then, in l972, D-Patrick O'Daniel, general manager of Key Ford and son of Joseph E. O'Daniel, purchased
McGee Motors and began selling Volkswagen and Mercedes Benz automobiles from the dealership located
at 200 N. Green River Road. The Green River Road dealership was renamed D-Patrick Imports. In 1973,
D-Patrick O'Daniel also purchased Key Ford.
D-Patrick Imports and Key Ford were run as separate dealerships. D-Patrick Imports began to grow adding
several new franchises including Honda, Jeep, Porsche, Audi and BMW.-
In 1982, D-Patrick, Inc. was formed bringing both dealerships together with one name. In l989, D-Patrick, Inc.
purchased the O'Daniel Ranes Oldsmobile Nissan dealership and moved it to the Division Street Auto Plaza.
The Nissan franchise was eventually moved to Green River Road. The Oldsmobile franchise was sold in 1999.
In 1998, D-Patrick, Inc. was purchased by a third generation of the O'Daniel family. Michael O'Daniel is the
President of the downtown Ford location, the Autoplaza Honda location and oversees the Used Car Store
in Newburgh, Ray Farabaugh is the President of the eastside Motoplex location. D-Patrick, Inc. now carries
eleven vehicle lines (Audi, BMW, Ford, Honda, Jeep, Lincoln, Mercedes Benz, Mercury, Nissan, Porsche, and
Volkswagen), has 7 showrooms, 4 service departments, 4 parts departments, 3 body shops, a corporate office,
and employs approximately 200 people in a variety of positions -
D. Patrick and Rosemary O'Daniel Donate Half A Million Dollars for New USI Business Building
By: Adryan Dillon 14 News
D. Patrick and Rosemary O'Daniel committed $500,000 to the Campaign for the College of Business
and General Classroom Building at the University of Southern Indiana.
In recognition of this gift, the atrium of the new College of Business building will be called O'Daniel
Atrium. Their gift will provide state of the art technology and other instructional needs.
"The entire USI family is grateful to Pat and Rosemary O'Daniel both for this generous gift and for
the leadership they have shown over many years on campus and throughout the Evansville area,"
USI President H. Ray Hoops says.
"The College of Business and General Classroom Building will benefit students for generations to come
and the O'Daniel Atrium will serve as a lasting reminder of the positive impact the O'Daniel Family has
made at USI and in this community."
The O'Daniels have two reasons for their contribution, "We are supporting this campaign because I
think the University of Southern Indiana is the most effective educational institution for developing
the economy of Southwestern Indiana. I have five children and 13 grandchildren who live here, and
I have a vested interest in the economy."
Also, D. Patrick O'Daniel wants to honor his father and mother, Joseph and Marie O'Daniel.
Joseph O'Daniel was a key force in the development of USI and the USI Foundation, an organization
designed to attract and collect charitable gifts for the school.
He served on the original USI Board of Trustees for ten years, three of those years as chair.
D. Patrick is an advisory board member of the USI Foundation.