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Gary Edward Patton


Gary Edward Patton went into the arms of Jesus at his home in Goldendale on Wednesday, June 24, in the wee hours of the morning.

He was born in Missoula, Montana, on Nov. 21, 1939, to parents Nellie and Justin (Judd) Patton. Gary grew up on the family homestead and attended a tiny school in Lonepine, Montana. He attended high school in Hot Springs, where he graduated in 1958. He went on to serve in the National Guard and graduate from the University of Montana in 1962. He married Royanne Mueller in 1973 and adopted Tessa, her daughter. Together, he and Anne had Carrie in 1973.

Gary worked in nuclear power and on the ranch until called by a local teacher to fill in during her medical emergency. It was then that he discovered a love for teaching and worked to get additional qualifications to be able to teach. Following his divorce, he married Cheryl Patton in 1986 and gained five more children: James, Aaron, Sarah, Sam, and Tim. He dedicated his life to Jesus that year as well, becoming a passionate follower of Christ. He dedicated 27 of his years to teaching fourth and fifth graders, with a kind smile and a steady hand. His passion was prayer, and he spent much time praying with and for his pastors and his family. He loved children and never ceased to notice and attend to them. He loved to hike and walk with his wife, Cheryl. He was never without a book or magazine in hand. He gave many hours to the Healing Rooms and to bringing hope and life through daily kindness and consistent prayer. He was most proud of all his kids and his influence as a teacher, as well as his dear wife. His gentle presence will be greatly missed by his loving family and the many people who knew and loved him.

He is survived by his wife, Cheryl; a brother, Justin Gail; his children Tessa Southards (Conrad), James Jacobson (Cheryl), Sarah Jacobson (Daniel), Carrie Hammye (Timothy), Sam Jacobson (Jamie), and Tim Jacobson. His 12 grandchildren and two great grandchildren were a source of great joy to him.

In lieu of flowers, in keeping with his love for children, a memorial has been established in Gary's name at New Life Assembly of God to benefit children's ministry.


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