David Stephen Patterson
1942 - 2021
BORN
1942
DIED
2021
May 24, 1942 - December 10, 2021 David Patterson, age 79, passed away in a hospital near his home in Flagstaff, Arizona, from complications due to lung cancer, discovered in late September 2021. Prior to the discovery he and his beloved wife Deborah had embarked on a trip to France where they had intended to spend the fall and winter months as they frequently did. Unfortunately their trip was cut short by the diagnosis. Born in Hartford, Connecticut in 1942, David moved to Southern California in 1951 where he grew up in the West Adams area of Los Angeles and later in Inglewood. A highlight of his youth was going on the Al Jarvis TV dance show with his sister. He served in the US Army, stationed in Chicago Illinois from 1966-68. When he returned from military duty David attended graduate school in Claremont, CA from 1968-70. After receiving his MFA in painting from Claremont Graduate University in 1970, where he also assisted in managing the Art Gallery at Scripps College, Patterson was hired as full time Art Department Faculty at El Camino College in Torrance, CA. He enjoyed a long career as the first Art Gallery Director for El Camino College where he designed the physical gallery space as well as the gallery program that he opened in 1971. He maintained his position as director until 1989 and his full-time position as a professor in the Art Department where he taught painting, drawing and design through June, 2004. He was loved and admired by generations of students whose lives and careers he influenced positively. David was a multi-talented artist, designer and teacher who exhibited his work as a painter in galleries both nationally and internationally. The Jan Baum Gallery in Los Angeles, CA represented Patterson's sumptuous work as both a figurative and abstract painter during the 1970s-80s. Known for his outstanding sense of color in his own creative work he also initiated an instructional course in color theory at El Camino College that continues to be offered. His recent artwork includes a very active series of abstractions that represent an archetypal "creation tale" that Patterson intended to accompany his fanciful but unfinished novel. Additionally he created beautifully crafted and decorated furniture, chests, and jewelry boxes that stood in his former home in San Pedro, CA where even the walls oozed with life and delicious color. In addition to being a constant and intrepid traveler throughout his life David was an avid reader of historical novels, world history and art history. Patterson's conversation was richly peppered with references to a deep knowledge of the past as well as a considerable appetite for the present. Both David and Deborah Patterson shared fantastic pleasure in traveling, cooking, eating, making art and enjoying the best of what life offers. David Patterson is survived by Deborah Lillie Patterson, his wife of 21 years, his three daughters, Camille Marie Patterson and her husband Matthew William Clark, Sarah Rose Patterson, Anastasia Lily Patterson, Jan Michelle Patterson, wife of David Patterson Jr., three grandchildren, Brittany Marie Woodbury, Alexandria Kristel Patterson Zernott, Nicholas Keith Patterson and one great grandchild, William David Zernott. He was sadly predeceased by his son, David Stephen Patterson Jr. in 2018. He is also survived by his sister, Diane Elizabeth Whitacre and sister in law Sandra Patterson, Half Sister Cristina Donovan, Half Brother Michael Patterson and John A. Patterson. Additionally he is survived by his brother in law Mark Stevens Weeks and his wife Champy Weeks and sister in law Linda June DeForest.) David was devoted to his family throughout his life. He will be greatly missed by them and by his large community of friends, both in the US and abroad. A memorial service will be held in January/February 2022.

Published by Palos Verdes Peninsula News on Dec. 26, 2021.
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19 Entries
"Brub" you´ll always be in my heart I am heartbroken Sis
Diane Whitacre (Patterson)
Family
January 4, 2022
Michael Patterson
January 2, 2022
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Norma Clark
Family
December 27, 2021
I´m praying for you and your family Camille. May you all be comforted by Jesus and the comfort He can give us during these times.
Celia WALLACE
December 27, 2021
Camille Clark-Patterson Matthew Clark
Family
December 26, 2021
Camille Clark-Patterson Matthew Clark
Family
December 26, 2021
Camille Clark-Patterson Matthew Clark
Family
December 26, 2021
Camille Clark-Patterson Matthew Clark
Family
December 26, 2021
Camille Clark-Patterson Matthew Clark
Family
December 26, 2021
Camille Clark-Patterson Matthew Clark
Family
December 26, 2021
Camille Clark-Patterson Matthew Clark
Family
December 26, 2021
Camille Clark-Patterson Matthew Clark
Family
December 26, 2021
Camille Clark-Patterson Matthew Clark
Family
December 26, 2021
Camille Clark-Patterson Matthew Clark
Family
December 26, 2021
Camille Clark-Patterson Matthew Clark
Family
December 26, 2021
Camille Clark-Patterson Matthew Clark
Family
December 26, 2021
Camille Clark-Patterson Matthew Clark
Family
December 26, 2021
Love you Dad miss you so much my favorite times with you was when you would leave me and David ate EBD letters we look look forward every day when we were kids
Camille Clark-Patterson Matthew Clark
Family
December 26, 2021
I complement the family for documenting a life well lived. You can be very proud of the accomplishments of your loved one.

I was a professor of business administration at El Camino College during the 1980-1998 timeframe. I am sure that the El Camino College community wishes to express their condolences to Professor Emeritus Patterson`s family.

Please accept my personal condolences on your significant loss.

Burton

Prof. Burton Fletcher, J.D., MBA (Ret.) President, the Burton Fletcher Foundation for Animals, Inc. www.BurtonFletcherFoundation. org
Burton Fletcher
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December 26, 2021
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