Patricia Palau Biography
Patricia Palau is best known for being the wife of Luis Palau, an international Christian evangelist living in the Portland area in Oregon, United States. He was born in Argentina and moved to Portland in his mid-twenties to enroll in a graduate program in Biblical studies. Palau is being reported to have died of stage-4 lung cancer after three years of battling, on March 11, 2021, at age 86 in his home, surrounded by family
Palau had a long and close relationship with evangelist Billy Graham, and has been characterized by many as Graham’s successor. “One of the world’s leading evangelical Christian figures,” he is known for his strong appeal to young people, and for his efforts to reach out to secular leaders to address issues like homelessness.
In 2007, he was estimated to have shared the message of Jesus Christ with 25 million people in 70 nations. Palau’s ministry employs 70 people in their headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon, and another 25 around the world which include offices in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and London, England.
On January 18, 2018, Luis Palau shared on Facebook that he had stage four lung cancer. In late November 2018, he told a reporter for the Beaverton Valley Times that his cancer had “stabilized for now”
Patricia Palau & her husband, Luis Palau
Luis Palau arrived in Portland in 1960 to attend a graduate program at Multnomah Bible College, from which he graduated in 1961. His travel and tuition was paid by U.S. benefactors. There he met his wife, Pat, a Beaverton kindergarten teacher, who was a fellow student.
The couple got married in 1961 and settled in Cedar Mill, an unincorporated area of the Portland metropolitan area just north of Beaverton. He became a U.S. citizen in 1962. The Palaus spent the next eight years serving as missionaries in Mexico and Colombia, before returning to Oregon. After receiving $100,000 as seed money in 1970 from Billy Graham, in quarterly payments of $25,000, Palau worked to build up his ministry in Oregon through the 1970s.
Luis Palau Children
Palau is survived by his wife, four sons including Andrew Palau, Kevin Palau, and Keith Palau.
His son in a tribute wrote, After a 3 year battle with lung cancer, Dad passed away today at his home in Portland, Oregon. We are heartbroken, yet full of hope and faith. We serve a good God who loves us tremendously. To read more about his amazing life, please visit LuisPalau.org —Kevin Palau
After a 3 year battle with lung cancer, Dad passed away today at his home in Portland, Oregon.
We are heartbroken, yet full of hope and faith. We serve a good God who loves us tremendously. To read more about his amazing life, please visit https://t.co/fWVVnmpU1j
—Kevin Palau pic.twitter.com/PAA8BODNit
— Luis Palau Association (@LuisPalauLive) March 11, 2021