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Frederick Patten

Shreveport, LA- The Reverend John Frederick Patten, who retired in 1989 after serving as Rector of St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral for seventeen years, died on September 27, 2013 at 9:12pm at the age of 86.

He was born on December 14, 1926, in Alexandria, Louisiana, the son of Albert Burkett Patten and Ada Shaw Patten. He spent his formative years there and in Hope, Arkansas, where he was graduated with honors from Hope High School. After graduating from Columbia University in New York, he went to Houston where he was employed for seventeen years by the former Humble Oil and Refining Co. Under Humble's sponsorship, he spent two years in Philadelphia where he earned an M.B.A Degree in Finance and Banking from the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce, University of Pennsylvania. In 1964 he resigned as Assistant to the Treasurer of Humble Oil to enter Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia, from where he received the degree of Master in Divinity (Cum Laude) in l967. He did post-graduate study at St. Augustine's College, Canterbury, England, and at St. George's College, Jerusalem, Israel.

Mr. Patten served as Vicar of St. Francis' Church in Temple, Texas, St. Luke's Church in Belton Texas, and as Rector of St. Matthew's Church in Austin, Texas, before coming to St. Mark's, Shreveport on January 1, 1973.

During his Rectorship at St. Mark's, he served as President of the Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana; Dean of the Shreveport Convocation; Chairman of the Committee on Structure for the present Diocese of Western Louisiana; and Deputy to three triennial General Conventions of the Episcopal Church. He served the National Church as a member of the Joint Standing Commission on Program, Budget and Finance, and was a trustee of the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest, Austin, Texas.

Fred was named Honorary Canon of St. Mark's Cathedral, Shreveport, in 1992.

He was a member of the Advisory Board of Feist-Weiller Cancer Center and a former member of the boards of the Caddo-Bossier Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse; The Bridge House, Inc. and Oakwood Home for Women.

He was a member of the Shreveport Club; the Shreveport Country Club and the Princeton-Columbia Club of New York.

He was a patron member of the Demoiselle Club, the Holiday in Dixie Ambassadors Club and the Cotillion Club. In 1995, he served as King of the Holiday in Dixie Cotillion. In 2006, Mr. Patten and his wife, Sybil, were honored as Pilots of the Year at the annual River Bend Revue of the LSUS Foundation.

That same year he was appointed to the Order of St. John of Jerusalem.

He is survived by his wife, Sybil Tyrrell Patten; a son, John Frederick Patten II (Donna Marie), of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida; a daughter, Mrs. Marc D. (Ann) Fore of Southlake, Texas; two stepsons, Oliver G. Jenkins (Anne) of Shreveport, LA; and Geoffrey T. Jenkins, (Andra), New York, NY, and six grandchildren: John F. Patten III; Rebecca Patten; Christopher Fore; Ashley Fore, Arthur Jenkins, and Frances Jenkins

Mr. Patten was predeceased by his parents and a brother, Albert Burkett Patten, Jr.

A memorial service will be held at St. Marks Cathedral on Wednesday, October 2nd at 11:00am. Visitation will be from 9:30am - 11am prior to the memorial service.

The family would like to thank the staff and nurses at Willis-Knighton Pierrmont Hospital for their compassionate care.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 908 Rutherford Street, Shreveport, LA 71104, Oakwood Home for Women, 1700, Highland Avenue, Shreveport, LA 71101 or Bridge House, Inc., 426 Stoner Avenue, Shreveport, LA 71101.


Published in Shreveport Times from Sept. 29 to Oct. 1, 2013
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