Our beloved father, grandfather, brother, and husband, Nelson Madison Patton, returned to his loving Heavenly Father on August 22, 2017, at which time he was certainly embraced and praised, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.” Born September 17, 1942 to Oscar and Flora Patton, Nelson is the youngest of eight children. Although the Patton family moved from Charleston to Salt Lake City when he was just two years old, Dad always considered West Virginia “back home,” and made many pilgrimages there throughout his life.
Nelson graduated from South High School in 1960, then served an LDS mission to the Eastern States, (New York). High school, the Army, and church athletics all gave him opportunity to participate in baseball and basketball. He loved sports: tennis, racquetball, football, golf, and in later years, pickle ball. Nelson worked in the automotive industry, earning his way to Vice President of Allied Exhaust.
Dad had a wry wit and he made us laugh up until his very last days. He loved taking us on family vacations, especially Mexico and West Virginia. He had great enthusiasm for Patton family history. He loved playing cards and dice around the family table, cooking meals on his Traeger, and late-night talks, imparting wise counsel to his loved ones from his living room chair. All these cherished activities were about bringing family together.
Dad has always stood out as an example of integrity, selflessness, obedience, and faith. He had an unwavering testimony of Jesus Christ, serving faithfully throughout his life in various callings from senior missionary with Carla in inner-city Salt Lake to Bishop. Dad loved the people he served. He presided over our family in love and righteousness; we know he will continue to do so.
Funeral services will be Saturday, August 26 th at 11:00 a.m., at the L.D.S. Hunter Chapel, 3970 South 5200 West, with a viewing preceding the funeral at 10:00 a.m. An additional viewing will be held at the same location from 6:00-8:00 Friday evening, August 25 th .
Nelson is survived by his wife Carla, his children Kimberly (Shawn) Allen, Matthew, Heather (Ryan) McEwan, and Jonathan (Lacey) Patton, and beloved grandchildren, as well as his siblings LaReal Eyring, Don Patton, Beckie Peterson, and Eleanor (Jerry) Stauffer. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Stacie, and his siblings Lowell, Susan, and Jean.