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Donald W. Patten


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Donald W. Patten

DONALD W. PATTEN, a geographer by training and lifelong interest, was born on November 11, 1929, in Conrad, Montana near Glacier National Park. He received both a BA (1951) and an MA (1961) degrees from the Geography Department, Univ. of Washington. He married Lorraine Louise Kienholz of Seattle, WA in 1952, and he leaves 7 children, 15 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. He was the owner of Microfilm Service Co. and Pacific Meridian Publishing Co. He professed faith in Jesus Christ as a college student in the early 50's. He was a lifelong church attender, most recently at Bethany Community Church in North Seattle. He had a lifelong interest in ancient history, ancient literature, climatology, genetics, geography, geomorphology, mathematics and philosophy. These interests led him to formulate and publish several original hypotheses relating to earth history and ancient accounts of "catastrophic" events such as the biblical flood. These are recounted in "The Biblical Flood and the Ice Epoch" (1966), "The Long Day of Joshua and Six Other Catastrophes" (1973) and "Catastrophism and the Old Testament" (1988). He edited the series entitled "Symposium on Creation" for Baker Book House from 1968-1980. With Sam Windsor, he co-authored "The Recent Organization of the Solar System", and 9 published essays. He was among a party of 10, led by David Fasold, who inspected what they believe to be the resting place for the ark of Noah, near Dogubayazit, Turkey, 18 miles due south of Mt. Ararat. Don was a supporter of Shoreline Christian School. Funeral: Bethany Community Church in Seattle on Thursday, February 20, at 11 am with reception following. Viewing will be at Acacia Funeral Home on Wednesday, February 19, from 1:00-5:00. You can find additional information about Don Patten at: www.acaciafuneralhome.com.
Published in The Seattle Times on Feb. 16, 2014
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