Donald Archer Patterson, 72, of El Granada, passed away on May 26, 2021.

Don was born on Oct. 13, 1948, to Jim and Dolores (Archer) Patterson in Salt Lake City, Utah. He graduated from South High School in Salt Lake City and went to Utah State University before working for Multnomah County Outdoor Education in Portland, Ore., where he met Mary Gambs. Don and Mary were married in 1973. In Portland, Don worked for the YMCA, and the couple welcomed their two daughters. In 1985, they moved to Loma Mar, Calif., where Don was Camp Director for YMCA Camp Loma Mar. The family eventually moved to El Granada, and Don worked for Coastside County Water District; he retired in 2016.

Don was a member of Community United Methodist Church. He served as Youth Director and took the first group of high school students from CUMC on a mission trip with Sierra Service Project; this is now an annual service trip. He always looked to serve others, volunteering with many organizations.

Don was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Jim and Richard Patterson. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Mary; daughters Heather Patterson, of Birmingham, Ala., and Karissa (Mark) Laughter, of Vienna, Austria; and grandchildren Joey, Lydia, and Isaac. A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 31, 2021, at Community United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Community United Methodist Church, Sierra Service Project designation.

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I worked with Don at the water district and I must say that he was full of kindness and warmth and not beyond being a little mischievous in a most charming way. He was a man of high intelligence and a perfect sense of humor. I will miss seeing him when passing by his home. He was one of my favorite people on the crew we worked on. He always walked in the grace of God.


I just saw this notice about Don Patterson. I knew Don and his wife Mary and the girls for many years through the San Mateo County 4-H program. As a family they participated in many events. Later when the girls were grown I would see Don in town and Mary also - always so friendly with a smile. I'm sad to know he's gone. My condolences to Mary and the family.


I worked at the HMB library for many years with Mary. I remember Don coming into the library so many times and he always had a warm smile to share. My condolences to Mary and your wonderful family. - Jeanine Asche

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