With his wife and family by his side, Allan David Patterson, 79, passed away on May 17, 2008, at the home of his son in Enterprise, Ala., after suffering a stroke.
Allan was born Oct. 2, 1928, in Leland, Utah, to David Archibald Patterson and Nellie Elizabeth Stone. He grew up on a small farm in Salem, Utah.
The first time he saw Lois Barnett—"that gorgeous redhead"—he fell in love. She was engaged to someone else but he didn't let that stop him. He married Lois six weeks later, April 12, 1954, in the Manti LDS Temple.
Allan graduated from Spanish Fork High School in 1946. He then served two years in the Central States LDS mission. He received his bachelor's from Brigham Young University and master's from Long Beach State in elementary education.
Allan worked as a teacher and administrator of elementary education at schools in California, Samoa and Utah. He also taught in the Education Department at Southern Utah University. He worked for many years in mining and construction.
After retirement, Allan immersed himself in his true passion, genealogy. Together he and Lois served missions to the genealogical libraries in New York City and in Salt Lake City.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Keith Rice and Glenn Rice; and sisters, Beth (John) Jensen and Iris (Lamar) Phillips.
His family includes his wife, Lois Barnett, and their eight children, Erik Patterson of Tampa, Fla., Brenda (Jeff) Worthen of Green River, Wyo., Scott (Shawn) Patterson of Spring Creek, Nev, Brian (Belinda) Patterson of Enterprise, Ala., Craig (Shaundi) Patterson of South Jordan, Utah, Todd (DeAnn) Patterson of Green River, Wyo., Julia (Curt) Russell of Springville, Utah, and Lisa (Nyle) Butterworth of Boise, Idaho; their 24 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and two babies due this summer.
A viewing will be held on Thursday, May 22, from 6--7:30 p.m. at Fausett Mortuary in Castle Dale, Utah. Funeral services will be held Friday, May 23, 2008 at 3 p.m. with a viewing at 2 p.m. at the Castle Dale Stake Center (33 East Main St.). Interment will be Saturday, May 24, at 11 a.m. in the Salem, Utah, City Cemetery (965 South 130 East). In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the LDS Church's Perpetual Education Fund. Services are in the care of Fausett Mortuary.