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Winton Dwaine Van Patter


Winton Dwaine Van Patter

Winton Dwaine Van Patter passed away on December 28, 2015 after succumbing to a long battle with Alzheimer's Disease. He was born on August 24, 1938 to Winton and Virginia Van Patter. He leaves behind 3 daughters, a grandson, sister and 4 nieces.

Dwaine attended WSU and was a proud member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. He later received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Eastern Washington University. Growing up in a farming family, he realized early on that he loved farming. He started his farming career by raising sugar beets in Sunnyside from a 6.6 acre allotment he received by the Future Farmers of America State State Farmer Award. Through his hard work and tenacity he grew Van Patter Farms into hundreds of acres of various crops. In 1961 Dwaine became the first President of the Yakima Valley Farmers Organization. In 1974 the family moved to Goldendale, Washington where he continued to farm and own Timbergreen Implement and Irrigation.

He loved any activity outdoors from skiing, backpacking, hunting to motorcycle riding. He moved to Spokane where he continued his career with John Deere and became an avid runner. For 24 years he ran Bloomsday in Spokane.

Please join us in celebrating Dwaine's life on Saturday, February 6, 2016 from 1:00-5:00pm at the Best Western Plus, Grapevine Inn at 1849 Quail Lane in Sunnyside, WA.


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