Thomas L. Patten|
"The man in the Kilt
and Cowboy Hat"
Thomas L. Patten passed away June 16th at his home in Auburn, WA. Tom was born in Gig Harbor, WA February 1943 to Lowell & Lucille Patten. Tom was a graduate of Peninsula High School class of 1961. Tom will join his daughter Denise who passed away in 2005 and his parents Lowell Patten & Lucille (Hughes) Patten.
Tom leaves his best friend and wife Sharon and their blended family of Tom's son Terry of Eugene OR and Sharon's Daughter's Lesa (Marv), Shannon (Kris) and son Jon Workman (Teresa) and their thirteen grandchildren and four great grandchildren, all of whom he loved and was extremely proud of, his brother Jim Patten (Joyce) of Bronte, TX, and Sister Jean Patten of California.
Tom was well known and very active in the Scottish Community. He played Tenor Drum with "Tacoma's Own" Clan Gordon Pipe Band for over 30 years, when the Band decided to add dancers to their program Tom was one of the first to sign up and learn Scottish Highland Dancing, performing at many a Tartan Ball, Parade and Tavern (after parade). The Band traveled to New Zealand in 2000 to perform at the first highland games of the new Millennium at the Waipu Highland Games, the band & dancers were a hit with the "Kiwis".
Tom was also deeply involved with the Tacoma Highland Games for many, many years. He was Chairman of Trophies & awards, making all of the trophies himself before turning that over to other Games members. Tom also served as President for over 10 years and vice president, and board member until his health forced him to turn over his duties. Tom became known as "The man in the Kilt and Cowboy Hat" and you probably can guess why. He took great pride in the fact that his family participated in the games and especially when his granddaughters Heather and Jennifer Farrell first competed in Highland Dancing at the Tacoma Highland Games.
Tom retired from Seattle City Light in 2007 and previously from ASARCO. He was also retried from the Army National Guard, having served twenty-seven years and a Lifetime Member of the Scottish American Military Society.
Tom will be greatly missed and the hole left will be partially filled with the love he had for his family and the memories he helped create in many, many ways.
Tom will receive full Military Honors Service at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, WA July 12 at 1:15 pm.
The Family requests memorials be made to the National Parkinson Foundation.
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Published in The Seattle Times from July 5 to July 6, 2013