He played football and basketball, and even joined the pep band later in high school. That sense of involvement carried over to Mizzou for a semester before tragedy hit in late December.
He died in single-car accident off Cook Road, leaving a void felt in the Patrick home.
"You can't fill that. People can try to comfort you, and they've done a good job, but you just can't fill that missing spot," his brother, Cort, said.
The Patricks are keeping Cole's memory alive by setting up a scholarship fund at LeBlond in his name.
This summer, they're holding the first annual Cole Patrick Memorial Golf Tournament at Duncan Hills in Savannah on Saturday, July 13.
"Some of my son's friends approached me and said, 'hey, we want to do this in memory of Cole, and we think it would be a great tribute to him,'" his mother Jeanie said.
"He always wanted to go golfing in the summer. He always wanted to do that just hanging out at Moila and whatnot, so it kind of fits," said his friend Isaac Justin.
As the group came together to organize the tournament at the Patrick house this past week, it was a chance to reminisce about Cole.
"He always had his chili bowl, and we'd always make fun of his short legs and used to call him 'Stumpy' - just little stuff like that," Cort said.
Cort and the rest of Cole's family and friends want to keep those memories fresh through the benefit golf tournament.
Anyone interested in entering a four-person team must email ColePatrickMemorial@gmail.com by July 1 to register.
All proceeds from the tournament will go to the Cole Patrick Memorial Fund.