David Walter Patterson, 75, of Monticello, passed away on April 2, 2020, at Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello.
He was born on September 21, 1944, in Franklin, Pennsylvania to the late Frank and Alice White Patterson.
Mr. Patterson was a graduate of Rocky Grove High School and Penn State University where he earned a degree in forestry. He joined the Navy and served as a combat rescue pilot in Vietnam. After his service in the Navy he received a master’s degree in wood utilization from Colorado State University and a PhD in wood utilization and mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University. He was a professor at West Virginia University for 14 years and a professor of wood science at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, where he retired in 2010.
Mr. Patterson was an avid hunter and outdoorsman. He was a deer triple-trophy winner for seven years. He was also an active member at Calvary Baptist Church of Monticello where he served as deacon and Sunday school teacher.
In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his sister, Karon Shea; and his brother, Frank Lee Patterson.
Survivors include his wife, Geraldine “Gerry” Patterson of Monticello; two daughters, Suzanne Hunter (Joey) of Fordyce and Roxane Gast (Anthony) of Colorado Springs, Colorado; a son, Sean Patterson (Leanne) of Warren; a sister, Patsy Miller (Paul) of Utica; a brother, Larry Patterson (Barbara) of Groveland, Florida; two grandsons, Michael Gast and Dakota Gast, of Colorado Springs, Colorado; three granddaughters, Tabatha Gast, Mary Gast, and Grace Gast all of Colorado Springs, Colorado; three grand dogs, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
A private family graveside service will be held on April 6, at Oakland Cemetery in Monticello, Arkansas.