Marlin Lee Patterson (Pat), age 85, passed away on October 26, 2013 in Bellingham. He was born in Grandby, Mo the youngest of nine children. Pats family later moved to Ferndale, WA. At the age of 18 he joined the Army, serving in the Medical Detachment 20th Infantry. Pat was awarded the Army of Occupation Medal (Japan) and the World War II Victory Medal.
Pat enjoyed his 20 years in law enforcement as Police Chief in Lynden, WA, Deputy Sheriff for Whatcom County based in Newhalem, WA, and as a patrolman in North Bend, Or. He enjoyed woodworking and was often found in his workshop creating gifts for his family. Family was Pats main focus in life. He instilled in his children the importance of, always placing family first.
Pat is survived by his loving wife Phyllis (Winger), sons Randy Young (Ainsly) and Doug Patterson, daughters Darla Patterson (Ed Hidden), Rhonda Hargrove (Charles), Cathie Murphee and Sandie Miller, 12 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pat was preceded in death by his daughter Karla Fennel, brothers Jerrold, Victor, Garland, Jewel, and Ernie, and sisters Myrtle Sage, Crystal Slemmer, and Ellen Kuta.
Farewell Tribute Information
A graveside service will be held at Greenacres Memorial Park, 5700 Northwest Dr. in Ferndale on Saturday November 2 at 11:00am. A memorial service will follow at 12:00pm at Sterling Drive Church of Christ, 558 Sterling Drive in Bellingham.