MISSOULA — It is with heavy hearts that we pass along to our family and friends that our dad, Bob Patterson, passed away on Friday, March 16, 2018, at 6:45 p.m. As many of you know over the years, he has struggled with several medical problems, but after a long fight, congestive heart failure won the five year tug of war.
Dad was born in Arlington, Massachusetts, on Dec. 19, 1932, to Harry and Hazel Patterson, the youngest of three children. From the stories we heard, he grew up running on the beaches of Cape Cod, sailing at Lake Champlain and skiing (he loved to downhill race and ski jump!) at Stowe Mountain. His love for speed, water and propensity for risk taking propelled him to the Navy Nav. Cat Program in 1955. He went on to become a Naval fighter pilot and began what would be a 30 year career in the Navy. Meanwhile, not long after joining the Navy he met and married our Mom (hailing from Mobile, Alabama), and they began their life together in San Diego, California. Once Dad finished about eight years active duty and joined the reserves he went back to school, completing his degree (he had started in 1950 at Tuffs) at UCSD. With his newly minted degree, he obtained a job in the aerospace industry, and had a 30 year career manufacturing landing gear for many planes, not the least of which was the space shuttle.
Bob and our mom, Betty enjoyed 52 years together; traveling the world together, raising two daughters and welcoming eight grandkids into the world. While his first priority was to spend time at Westbrook Village, Arizona, he did enjoy spending time with his daughters and grandkids.
Of course many of you will remember him zipping through the streets of Westbrook Village, either heading to play golf, or pickle ball — or of course head to the Clubhouse. He loved spending time around the ‘Compound (as he lovingly referred to it)’ and spending time with his good friends from the community. Bob also had a remarkable sense of humor, an amazingly keen mind, a flair for fashion (always in his crocs) and of course, a LOVE for numbers culminating in the completion of MANY Sudoku puzzles.
We will be celebrating his life at the Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery, 1911 Tower Rd., Missoula, MT 59804 on Friday June 22, 2018, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in his name to: Hospice Foundation of America, 1707 L Street NW, Suite 220, Washington, DC 20036.