Obituary for Jan. 31, 2014

Written by Baker City Herald January 31, 2014 08:15 am

Dennis Patterson

North Powder, 1941-2014

Dennis Larry Patterson, 72, of North Powder, died Jan. 29, 2014, at his home of pancreatic cancer with his wife and children at his side.

Visitations will be from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. His graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the North Powder Cemetery. Bishop Brad Allen of the Baker Valley Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will officiate. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception after the graveside service in the multipurpose room at the North Powder School.

Dennis was born on May 16, 1941, in Malheur County. He was the 14th and youngest child of Andrew and Erma Simpson Patterson. The family moved to North Powder when Dennis was 9 months old. 

Between the age of 3 and 4, he contracted polio and spent many months over the next two years in the Shriners Hospital in Portland. Polio left his right arm and hand crippled but the disability never stopped him from accomplishing anything he set his mind to, family members said.

He had great memories of his childhood. He adored his older brothers and sisters.

 He attended school at North Powder where he played football, baseball and basketball. He was a 1961 Powder Valley High School graduate.

Dennis married his high school sweetheart, April Kay Griffith, on Oct. 22, 1962. They are the parents of a daughter and a son.

He farmed and ranched most of his life. He loved cattle and working with the soil. He retired from ranching after an injury in 1991.

Dennis loved hunting and fishing with his family. He looked forward each year to hunting with his brothers, son, grandsons and nephews. 

Most summer afternoons you could find him and Kay at Pilcher Creek Reservoir trolling for trout in their little aluminum boat. He was an extreme gardener and loved nothing better than sharing his knowledge on the subject as well as giving away what he produced. He was very proud of the school garden project.

He served a term as a council member for the city of North Powder and even though he was not well at the time, he was thrilled to serve as grand marshal of the Huckleberry Festival. For several years he served as a chaperone for the middle school service project. 

He dearly loved his children and grandchildren and was extremely proud of their accomplishments. He had pet names for each of his grandchildren and no matter how old they got the name stuck.

 The family expressed special thanks to all the friends and family members who offered love and support during the last 18 months.

Survivors include his wife, Kay; his daughter, Autum Lewis, and her husband, Marc, of Boise; his son, Shane Patterson, and his wife, Sandra, of Union; his grandchildren, Hanna and Kaylee Lewis of Boise and Ethan, Wyatt and Ella Patterson of Union; a brother, Ralph Patterson and his wife, Donna, of Union; sisters, Marilyn Pfeil and Bernice McCalister both of Baker, Velma Last of Pilot Rock, Mar Dean Child of Boise, Sharon Horne and her husband, Jack, Verlene Shipler and Barbara Green, all of Salt Lake City and Shanna Patterson of Marshal, Mo.; and many nieces and nephews; Dennis also had a special place in his heart for Carrie Crook and Alisa Trindle.

 He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Ronald, LaMar and Lyle; and a sister, Maxine.

 Memorial contributions may be sent to the LDS Humanitarian Services or the Shriners Hospital through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR  97814.