Marlin Lee Patterson

August 07, 1928 - October 26, 2013

Marlin Lee Patterson

August 07, 1928 - October 26, 2013


Bellingham, WA

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.

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4 responses to Marlin Lee Patterson

  1. Phyllis, much love to you and yours.

  2. Mike Wetsch says:

    I am so very sorry to hear of Pats passing. I just read about it and am also sorry I missed the service. I personally will miss him as he was one of the finest people I know. My heartfelt prayers go to the family as I know he was loved by them very much. To greener pastures my friend

  3. Steve Radke says:

    Dear Family, It was a beautiful service, Great Uncle Mar was such a nice man and is already missed by all who knew him. I am so sorry I couldn’t stay for the social time and reacquaint with all of my cousins. I was talking to my brother Gord last night (he lives in Oroville) and he sure thought the world of Uncle Mar too, he mentioned he had a few good conversations within the last 10 years. Take care. Love, Steve

  4. Ellen Winger says:

    My uncle Mar always had a smile for anyone he came in contact with. He was a gentle soul. A visit was always about family and he would ask how my girls and their family were doing. I will take comfort remembering his love for Auntie and all of his family.

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