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James Brian (Pat) Patton 11/15/46 to 08/21/12 Resident of Pleasant Hill James Brian (Pat) Patton resident of Pleasant Hill, born November 15, 1945 in Berkeley, California to Adele and James Jesse Patton, passed away on Tuesday, August 21st surrounded by his loving family. Pat excelled in baseball, wrestling and football at Acalanes HS, class of 1963. He played AAA baseball and in his own mind, was the world's greatest athlete if not for his bad eyes. While serving aboard the destroyer USS John W Thomason off the coast of Vietnam, Pat provided plenty of the muscle needed to hoist powder charges for firing the main gun turret. When not in a combat role, he provided medical corpsman support to his shipmates. After military service, he married the love of his life, Mary Dolores Ceballos Patton. Pat became a well-respected journeymen meat cutter, later earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Food and Meat Sciences in 1972 from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Among family and friends alike, Pat was known as Mr. Reliable, Mr. Dependable. He was never shy or slow to give his opinion and never had a meal he didn't like. His sometimes spirited Irish temperament was dwarfed by his big heart and warm smile. He embraced life, his family, and friends and enjoyed living in the present. Pat's hobbies included horses, hunting, skeet shooting and he was arguably the best arm chair quarterback in the San Francisco Bay area. Pat was preceded in death by both parents, his newborn daughter Marie Adele, and Cousin Bert Geary. He is survived by his wife Dolores of 43 years, daughter Jonna Patton-Fowler (Kyle) and many more family and friends. An Irish Wake will be held from 3 - 7 pm on September 9, 2012 at the family home. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 1919 Wendell Lane Pleasant Hill, CA 94523.
Published in Contra Costa Times from Sept. 5 to Sept. 7, 2012
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