An irreplaceable good husband, brother, father, and grandfather. Williams Garrick Patterson "Garry" died Friday May 30, 2014 at Kaiser Fontana Medical Center after a brave struggle with acute leukemia. He was a couple of weeks short of 80 years old. Garry was a good, faithful, generous man, and cared about his whole family. He always did the right thing, and everything he did, he did well. He was a fine athlete, in his youth he was an outstanding swimmer, and he played golf for many years. He was also an accomplished skier, both cross country and downhill. But his greatest joy was going fishing. He loved fishing near the family Colorado home, and also made several trips to Alaska and Norway.
Garry grew up in Redlands and graduated from Redlands High School. He went to Stanford University where he obtained Bachelor's and Master's degrees in mechanical engineering, and there was nothing he could not fix. He spent 3 years in the Air Force at Big Springs, Texas, and was promoted to captain before being honorably discharged. Garry lived in Palo Alto for 45 years, where he raised his family, before moving to Redlands to take over the family citrus ranch.
He was the second son of Edmund D. Patterson and Lillian Marshall. In his younger years, he spent many summers in Hawaii with his mother's family. He was married to his wife Gunhild for 50 years, they have 3 children and 4 grandchildren.
Services will be at Cortner Chapel, 221 Brookside Avenue, Redlands, on Monday, June 9, 2014 at 11 AM followed by interment at Hillside Memorial Park and then a reception at his home to celebrate his life.
God grant that I may fish until my dying day
And when at last I have come to rest, I'll then most humbly pray When in His landing net I'm safely asleep
That in His mercy I'll be judged as good enough to keep