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Morris Zebley Patterson


1923 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Morris Zebley Patterson Obituary
October 12, 1923 - May 23, 2016 In loving memory of Morris "Pat" Patterson, who passed away peacefully into eternal life on May 23, 2016. He was 92 years old and was born and raised in Carney's Point, New Jersey. At 19, he joined the Navy and served on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Essex until his discharge in 1946. Later that year, he met his true love, Donna Marie Zarth, whom he married in Minneapolis on August 9, 1946. The couple settled in Los Angeles, while Pat completed a B.S. in electrical engineering from Pacific States University, then moved to Reseda, California, while Pat worked for McDonnell-Douglas in Santa Monica, Huntington Beach, and Long Beach. In 1951, they became charter members of Christ the King Lutheran Church, and in 1953, their son, Timothy John, was born. Pat was a loyal and devoted member of the congregation for 63 years until its closing in 2014, serving on the Church Council in many capacities. Pat loved to travel, especially in Europe and Hawaii. He was an avid baseball fan and enjoyed watching college basketball. He had a great passion for aeronautics and was fascinated by space travel; at the age of 71, accompanied by a professional pilot, he sat in the front seat of a T-34 trainer to fly in a mock combat mission. He was a man of great faith, loyalty, and honesty, and will be deeply missed by family and friends. He is survived by his son Timothy, daughter-in-law Jeanne Sakata Patterson, sister Mildred, and numerous relatives. Funeral services will be held on Monday, June 6, at Lifehouse Church in Northridge, California, at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Lifehouse Church. Lifehouse Church 18355 Roscoe Boulevard Northridge, California 91325
Published in the Los Angeles Times on June 2, 2016
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