The Megadeth fan community suffered a loss this week with the death of a prominent member whose passing has been commemorated on the band's official site.

Patrick Dubas, described as "one of Megadeth's most loyal fans and friends," was killed in a car accident March 3, leaving behind a circle of friends and family that included his wife, two sons and a granddaughter — as well as Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine and webmaster Dave McRobb, who worked together to post a eulogy celebrating the impression Dubas left on the band and its most faithful followers.

"Pat was a loyal Megadeth fan, Cyber Army club member and friend," reads the post in part. "Every year he would be excited to submit his Christmas Card designs to the Megadeth Christmas Card Contest, and he holds the record for being in the Top 10, four times. He won the card contest in 2012 and was runner up in 2010, 2011 and 2014. He was already working on a Christmas Card design for 2015. Pat had attended meet and greets with Megadeth, would wear his Megadeth shirts proudly at home and overseas, would correspond with us here at on a regular basis and even had a tattoo of Vic Rattlehead with a Staff Sergeant insignia."

Lauding his infectious laugh and "special ability to brighten the day of anyone he came in contact with," Mustaine and McRobb also praised Dubas for more than 20 years of service in the United States Army Reserve, which included multiple tours of duty overseas. "He was a great soldier, non-commissioned officer, a loving husband and dedicated family man," concludes the post. "Thank you for your service and for being such a loyal fan and friend. We will miss you, Pat."

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