James H "Jim" Patterson (1935 - 2018)

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Service Information
Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018
11:00 AM
Advent Lutheran Church
5901 San Juan Ave
Citrus Heights, CA
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Jim, his wife Elaine, and their boys Matt and Luke moved to Roseville in 1969 to accept a parish pastor call in a wonderful small town. The family continues to live in Roseville. During his retirement Jim continued to "marry 'em" and "bury 'em."
Jim was born and reared in Long Beach, CA. He was a typical California kid. He loved to spend time at the beach. Jim was one of the "sons of the beaches." He liked to say his parents Darrel and Evas Patterson migrated from Minnesota. As a young boy Jim practiced magic for hours, and as a young man was a professional magician with an agent and working paid gigs.
During his teen years Jim became involved in a church a few blocks from his family home. Two-time 1950s era Olympic Pole Vault Gold Medalist and Decathlete Bob Richards was the pastor. Bob encouraged Jim, the world needs pastors more than magicians. Jim followed Bob's advice. Jim earned a BA in psychology from Capitol University, and a Doctorate of Divinity following four more years of study at Trinity Lutheran Seminary, both in Columbus, Ohio. Jim was ordained as a Lutheran Minister in 1961. As his mother would say, God's hand continued to lead Jim.
Jim met Elaine in 1957 working together on a summer church mission team and married in 1959. They loved to travel and visited Mexico, Central America, Europe, Egypt, Turkey, Palestine, Greece, and China.
During the 1960s Jim sought calls involving inner city integration. People of different races worshiping together. He got his wish, the east side of Cleveland, OH. Next, Compton and Watts, CA. Jim was active in the civil rights movement and played a pivotal role in integrating the Lutheran Church from east to west. One of the highlights for Jim was attending the March on Washington in August 1963. The forecast was a potential riot, but in reality there was a "picnic" atmosphere involving the event when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous speech, "I have a dream." The experience was encouraging and validating, and fuel to share. During the 1970s Jim served as a pastor in Roseville, Calif. During the 1980s and '90s Jim did sabbatical ministry helping start a church in Lincoln, as well as being an associate pastor at churches in Rio Linda and Citrus Heights. Jim liked to joke, "I figured out congregations don't want pastors, they want magicians."
Jim worked in business, sales, was director of the Public Inebriant Drop In Center on Front Street in Sacramento, and founded A-1 Process Serving. Jim served on local boards and commissions, and was a Rotarian.
Jim's sense of humor, wisdom, and ability to communicate served well in many settings. Jim is survived by his wife Elaine Patterson of 59 years, brother Jack Patterson (Frances), sons Matt Patterson (Barbara) and Luke Patterson (Mary), grandchildren Jayne Geiser (JP) and Sam Patterson, other family and loved ones.
Services will be held at Advent Lutheran Church 5901 San Juan Ave, Citrus Heights, CA on August 25, 2018 at 11:00 am, A Celebration of Life will follow in the Parish Hall with a potluck luncheon. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Jim's name to Mt. Cross Lutheran Bible Camp, PO Box 387, Felton, CA 95018, www.mtcross.org.
Please sign the online guest book at thepresstribune.com.
Published in Auburn Journal on Aug. 17, 2018
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