In 1969, Gene Ragel Sr. began managing a new pool company in Tucson named Patio Pools. In March 1970, Gene Ragel Jr. bought the business and changed the company’s direction to custom pools in Tucson, AZ built to extremely high quality standards and offered at affordable prices. Within only one year Patio became Southern Arizona’s largest custom spa and pool builder. The company grew to build a record 817 projects in 1978. Also in the 70’s, five retail stores were opened to meet the growing needs of local pool and spa owners.


Gene’s wife- Dorothy E. Ragel remains at the helm of Patio Pools with her son, Gene Ragel Jr. by her side as the General Manager. The company continues to be Southern Arizona’s largest custom residential and commercial pool builder and spa contractor. Patio’s success is a continuation of the vision, hard work, and foresight that their founder, Gene Ragel Sr., brought to Tucson more than 47 years ago.

  • 2015

    Patio Pools and Spas becomes a dealer for Marquis Spas.

  • 2013

    In 2013, Patio Pools built the largest Pebble Tec surface in Southern AZ at 11,327 square foot of internal area and is the largest body of water in Pima County with 246,540 gallons of water. This project was also awarded a gold medal in the prestigious APSP International Awards of Excellence.

  • 1995

    1995 Patio Pools and Spas acquired a Sierra Vista location and expanded it to a new level!

  • 1980

    In 1980, Ragel bought out his partner. Within six months, the local economy was at an all-time low while interest rates on second mortgages escalated to more than 20 percent. Business was tough. Many competitors went out of business. Ragel passed away in 1982 and his wife, Dorothy, took over the reins during this critical period. With the support of an experienced management team, her three sons and daughter, the business grew steadily in the mid-80’s and into what it is today.

  • 1978

    Patio Pools hit all time record of building 800 pools in one year!

  • 1969

    1969 Patio Pools opens and takes the Tucson swimming pool market by storm!