David Dwight Patterson
November 12, 1926 -
July 11, 2013
David Dwight Patterson was with his wife and two of his children when he passed away on July 11. It took pneumonia, a heart attack, and a stroke to take this strong and good man away from his loving family and friends.
Dave and his high school sweetheart Lucie were married in 1946, two months after they graduated from high school in their native Illinois. They moved to the South Bay in 1951 for a better climate and affordable housing. While working full-time and helping raise four children, he eventually earned his degree from USC, although he lost his bet with his eldest child about who would graduate first.
He worked at a family-owned manufacturing company, where he was the only executive who was not a relative of the founder, and retired after 40 years of service. Dave and Lucie then moved to The Estates condominium in Rolling Hills, where he was elected president and later manager, which allowed him to apply his decades of home improvement experience and his talent for industrial management.
He offered sound guidance to anyone who came to the office, and without raising homeowner fees he initiated enhancements-electronic gates in the underground garages to stop car thefts, solar panels for the 2005 energy crisis to keep the pool heated, and preventive maintenance to ensure the safety of the balconies-that benefited all 300 condo units. He was surely the condo's MVP. His loyalty and devotion to his family set a high standard for the generations that follow.
He told stories at family gatherings, which were always funny with him frequently as the butt of the jokes, yet they were often seeded with sage advice. A descendant of generations of Presbyterians that trace back to Scotland, he was active in the Presbyterian Church. He was an elder for 30 years at St. Andrews in Redondo Beach and then nearly another 30 years as an elder at St. Peters-by-the-Sea in Rancho Palos Verdes. He was a man of his word who led by example.
In matters of both business and family, many of his offspring ask themselves, "What would he do in my place?" A natural athlete, he set a pole vault record and played basketball in high school. As an adult he skied, played tennis, backpacked, and fished, but his real passion was golf. He didn't start until his fifties, but he went on to score two holes-in-one and won the 1988 Senior Golf Classic at the Palos Verdes Country Club, where he was a longtime member.
An eternal optimist, he hoped modern prosthetics would overcome his amputations and let him return to golf, but God had other plans. He is survived by his wife Lucie; his children David (Berkeley), Linda (Palos Verdes), Donald (Idaho), and Susan (Texas); their spouses Linda, Lloyd, and Pat; his sister Pauline (Nevada) and her husband Willis; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two more great-granddaughters who will be born a few months too late to meet this wonderful man. Dave and Lucie remained sweethearts all 66 years of their marriage. Her last words to him were "Goodbye, my sweet love." A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at St. Peters-by-the-Sea Presbyterian Church in Rancho Palos Verdes.
In memory of his love of ice cream sundaes, which likely came from his grandfather's ice cream and confectionary shop, they will be served at the reception that follows. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the youth program at St. Peters-by-the-Sea: https://secure.etransfer.com/StPetersPres/donate.cfm
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