Patrick McArron was born to Terence and Rosemary McArron. His father was Protestant and his mother Roman Catholic, but his roots and connections to the Catholic Church run deep. Patrick, an only child, attended Catholic schools through seminary. After graduating from Marian Catholic High School in San Diego he applied for the local diocesan seminary, St. Francis Seminary, but was rejected because of allegations of homosexuality. Ironically Patrick had not yet identified himself as gay.
In 1968 McArron began a 33-year career with the U.S. Postal Service.
Through his work with the Newman Center at San Diego State University Patrick McArron met and dated Judy Carton. They were married in 1970; however it was a short-lived marriage. Therapy and counseling helped Patrick come to terms with his sexual orientation. The marriage was annulled and their separation was amicable - they remain friends to this day. Coincidentally, years later Judy developed intimate relationships with women and both Judy and Patrick became leaders in Dignity - locally and nationally.
Patrick was among the early San Diego LGBT pioneers to "go public" in the press and in 1973 helped establish and produce the Pacific Coast Times LGBT news magazine. His passion and activism on behalf of LGBT Catholics and persons of faith has been far-reaching over several decades.
From 1977 to 1979 Patrick served as the first director of DignityUSA's Pacific Region. In 1979, he helped organize the first LGBT Catholic Convention to be held in San Diego for DignityUSA. In 1992 Patrick created his own business, McArron Web Design, in part to provide complimentary website service for non-profit organizations. Later on he expanded his service to include commercial and professional websites to supplement his retirement income.
On Nov 2, 2008 Patrick McArron legally married his life partner Glenn Stokes. The marriage was conducted by a Roman Catholic priest and witnessed by several friends and family at a Dignity Mass.