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Gary Patten

Gary Patten

Gary Lee Patten

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Patten, Gary Lee
Gary Lee Patten, age 67, of Tempe, passed away Monday February 28, 2011. Gary was born in Mesa on August 28, 1943. He graduated from ASU in 1967 and was part of the first graduating law class of 1970. Gary started his own law firm, Patten Montague & Arnett, and practiced law as a well respected attorney for 26 years. He served as a Bishop for the LDS church Tempe 11th ward from 1974 to 1979. He is survived by his seven children, Melissa (Rick) Perry, Kristen (Greg) Suman, Aaron (Latona) Patten, Jeremy (Larne) Patten, Caralee (Michael) Thomas, Morgan (Ryan) Finn, Britney (Ben) Hibbing and 16 grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, Oriel and Lydia Patten, and two sisters, Dorothy Shlyk and Joanne Allen and granddaughter, Kayla Rogers. A gathering of friends and family will be held for Gary on March 26th from 2:00-5:00PM at the Tempe Historical Museum, 809 E. Southern Ave. Tempe, AZ 85282. In lieu of flowers the family is asking that donations be made to the Tempe Public Library at 3500 S. Rural Rd. Tempe, AZ 85282 in Gary's name. Arrangements entrusted to Tempe Mortuary.

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03/02/11 06:33 PM #1    

Sharon McGaughey (Carter)

I was so looking forward to seeing Gary at our 50th reunion. At our 40th he told those around us that I was the best dancing partner ever. This made me feel special. I dated Gary a couple of times and went to a lot of church activities where he was present. His family owned a cabin on top the Pinal Mountions where we also had a cabin. I was able to visit with him and his family there. I am really going to miss him.

Sharon McGaughey Carter

03/03/11 04:45 PM #2    

Billy Black (57-59)

 Gary Patten was very kind to me during my last year in Tempe while in the 9th grade.  Whenever, I think of my last year there, I think of Gary Patten.   

03/20/11 02:06 PM #3    

Danyel (Dan) Clark

Over the past few years, Gary attended many of the coffee get togethers with the guys from the class of 1961. He would bring mementos from our school days, and shared stories about his train travels. We last saw Gary on February 17th, when he joined the reunion committee for the morning meeting at the Ihop in Tempe.

We will miss his stories, his insights into life, and of course his easy going ways.


Below, Left to Right, John Black, Pat Moffatt, Gary Patten, Ed Garcia, Chuck Holley and Eldon Smith, meet for one of the many get togethers.



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