Byron Joseph Patterson

Jul 25, 1928 - Mar 13, 2014


PATTERSON, Byron Joseph
Byron was born July 25, 1928 in Los Angeles, California, and passed away peacefully at home in Sacramento March 13, 2014. He was married for 63 years to his lovely bride Ellen, and earned the ire of both sets of parents by eloping with young Ellen to Arizona in 1950. He is predeceased by sons Michael and Daniel, and survived by Ellen, his daughter Susan and her husband Dennis Winger, grandchildren Sarah, Emily and Molly Patterson, and brothers Tim, Tom and Gene Patterson.

Byron taught English at American River College for nearly 30 years, and never met a faulty pronoun reference he couldn’t give an ‘F’ to. He also earned the ire of the Los Rios College District management when he helped organize the teachers’ union there. He also served as a member of the Sacramento Central Labor Council. A high point in his life was walking with Cesar Chavez. Byron’s hobbies included playing banjo with his friends in a group ‘Additional Live Music,’ and making some pretty awful red wine. He will be remembered for cooking the Christmas eve prime rib at noon, and then wondering why it was cold at 5:00 p.m.

A memorial will be held Friday, March 21, at 2 p.m. at Curtis Hall, 2791 24th Street in Sacramento. Please stay for light refreshments.

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