Tuesday, 04 August 2015 18:16

Remembering Michael Patten, Class of 1972

Captain Michael Patten BURLINGTON, N.C. Captain Michael Allison Patten, USN (Retired), 85, of Burlington died at Alamance Regional Medical Center on Wednesday, June 10, 2015, at 8:10 p.m.

A native of Hamilton County, he was the loving husband of Emily "Pemmy" Patten, the one true love of his life, who survives and the son of John Alanson Patten and Catherine Allison Patten, both deceased. Captain Patten was a graduate of The Baylor School, Chattanooga, Class of 1947, and the United States Naval Academy, Class of 1951. Upon graduating from the Naval Academy, he was deployed for service in the Korean Conflict. Subsequent to Korea he received his wings and served as a naval aviator on carriers within the Atlantic and Pacific fleets. Mike also served as the commander of Squadron VC-3 in Coronado, Calif. During the Vietnam War, he served as the navigator of the USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31) for two tours of duty.

He attended the National War College and completed extensive course work at Georgetown University in Political Science, with an emphasis on the Middle East. Michael was a founding member of the Anglican Church of the Redeemer in Chattanooga, and a member of the Rotary Club of Chattanooga. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Burlington, N.C.

In addition to his wife, survivors include three children, Michael Allison Patten Jr., of Seattle, Wash., Mary Latham and husband, Jack, of Chapel Hill, N.C., and Alexandra Patten and husband Peter Blumberg, of Mill Valley, Calif.; four grandchildren, Catherine Latham, Sarah Latham, Henry Blumberg and Charley Blumberg; and numerous cousins and nieces. A consummate jokester and ukelele player, Mike was also band leader for many rowdy proceedings featuring his and his family's musical talents in the Patten Family Jug Band. He was a kind and generous man who gave his talents and abundant love to his family, many friends, and his church. He was preceded in death by a brother, John Patten and a sister, Augusta Travis.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Anglican Church of the Redeemer, 104 McBrien Road, Chattanooga, TN 37411. Rich & Thompson Funeral and Cremation Service in Burlington is assisting the family. Condolences may be offered at www.richandthompson.com.

Courtesy of Times Free Press.
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