Patrick Woodruff, Founder of ‘The Miller McNeil Woodruff Foundation, Died

Last Updated on September 12, 2023, 6:26 am

Patrick Woodruff, a senior vice president of Encore Bank in Little Rock and founder of The Miller McNeil Woodruff Foundation, passed away unexpectedly in Rogers on Sunday, September 10, 2023.  He was 42 years old.

Patrick Woodruff Died
In the picture, Patrick Woodruff is cradling a precious newborn baby in his arms with a heartwarming smile. (Image via Facebook)

According to the reports, a witness discovered Patrick’s body in a pond at Pinnacle Country Club.  The Emergency services were called, and the Rogers Fire Department arrived at the scene and attempted to revive Patrick by administering CPR.  He was moved to Mercy Hospital, but he was no more.  He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Who was Patrick Woodruff?

Patrick Woodruff was a native of Rogers, Arkansas.  He was senior vice president of a Little Rock-based Encore Bank.  He has been working there since 2019.  Before that, he worked at Bank OZK for seven years.  He had nearly twenty years of experience in banking and was an expert in commercial lending.  He earned his bachelor’s degree of Bachelors of Business Administration in 2004 from the University of Arkansas.

He was the Founder of The Miller McNeil Woodruff Foundation, also known as ‘I am with Miller’.  He founded this charitable organization after the death of his newborn son Miller, who lived for only 87 days.  He was born with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) and did not survive.  He, along with his wife, founded the organization to help support other families who are going through the challenges his family faced and to raise awareness about SMA.

He was loved and respected by everyone who knew him.  His colleagues had nothing but respect for him.  He would spread laughter and joy with his sense of humor and impress anyone with his charismatic personality.  He lived his life as a beacon of positivity.  Tragically, his life was cut short by an accident.

What happened to Patrick Woodruff?

Patrick Woodruff was golfing at Pinnacle Country Club when tragedy struck him.  A witness discovered him.  Emergency Services responded promptly to the scene and tried to help with CPR.  He was transported to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The Criminal Investigation Division was involved in investigating the involvement of any violence, but the suspicions were quickly dismissed when it was determined that there was no indication of foul play.

The Rogers Police Department told Northwest Arkansas Business Journal, “It is believed Patrick had a medical issue while trying to retrieve his golf balls and drowned.”

The Encore Bank CEO Chris Robert released a statement to a Local news journal that said,

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of our colleague and friend, Patrick Woodruff, who passed away over the weekend.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Patrick’s family and friends during this difficult time.

Patrick was a valued member of the Encore family, serving as a Commercial Relationship Manager in our Rogers office since November of 2019.  His infectious smile and unique sense of humor brightened our workplace, bringing laughter and positivity to all who had the privilege of knowing him.

Today, we mourn the loss of a remarkable individual who will be greatly missed.”


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