Jack Kendall Patterson
March 15, 1926 – January 23, 2019
Jack Kendall Patterson went to his heavenly home January 23, 2019, in Plano, TX with his family by his side. El Paso born on the “Ides of March”, March 15, 1926. He was a proud almost 93 year-old with three siblings Rosemary, Frank Jr, and Bill, born to a Lydia Agnes (Carson) and Frank Houston Patterson Sr., who was a semi-pro baseball player, golfer and successful businessman. He was raised in Dallas and attended Grammar School at St. Joseph’s, and Sacred Heart, and graduated from Woodrow Wilson HS 1942.
He graduated from HS at 16 yrs. old and worked for a couple of Optical companies while enlisting in the Army Air Corps. Two weeks after his 18th birthday weighing in at 135 lbs. and 5’3” he was asked to report to duty. His basic training was at Ft. Wolters near Mineral Wells, TX. He had further training in Tonopah, NV and gunnery school in Harlingen, TX. Later he spent time in the Pacific as a B-24 nose gunner during World War II. He served in various capacities in the Air Corps until 1946.
Jack embraced military traditions and honor the rest of his life. After returning from the war, Jack attended SMU using the GI bill and graduated with a BS in Marketing in 1950. He began his career at Standard Brands, where his dad had worked for a number of years. Jack traveled the country in sales and had many joyful and memorable stories to tell. He had a successful business career in food, apparel sales, marketing, and manufacturing. He retired as the Vice President for a knitwear manufacturer.
Jack met his best friend and love of his life, Katie, and they were married in 1976. They later, retired to Ft Myers FL, where they built a house on a golf course and spent much of their time playing golf, enjoying the arts, and attending spring training for the Red Sox. In 2005 Jack returned to the Dallas area due to Katie’s health concerns.
Jack was preceded in death by his wife, parents, sister, Rosemary McArthur, brother, Frank H. Patterson Jr., and nephew Gordon McArthur. He is survived by his brother Bill Patterson and his wife Diane, a step-daughter, Jenny and her husband, Steve, 4 grandchildren (Carrie, Brian, Lindsey and Ben) and 7 great-grandchildren (Jeff, Jackson, Joshua, Ellie, James, Bentley and Grady). He is also survived by 6 adoring nieces (Mary Ann, Kathy, Susan, Katie, Nancy, and Debbie), and 4 nephews (Kyle, Frank H. III, Tom and John), and their families.
Jack will be remembered in the hearts of SO many loved ones for his fun-loving spirit, quick wit, deep love for family, (and sports), integrity, strong moral compass, wisdom and determination.
We are joyous that he is at peace and now rests in his heavenly home.
- Memorial Service Sunday, January 27, 2019
- Fellowship with Catered Reception Sunday, January 27, 2019
Jack Kendall Patterson
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January 30, 2019
-Mary Ann told the story of while she was in San Diego with in-laws that Jack, who happened to be in town with Katie, rescued James and her from Rose Bowl boredom. They spent the day sightseeing in San Diego which included the San Diego Harbor. Jack bought James an inflatable sailboat which James remembers fondly.
Jack had a beloved dachshund, Betsy, who traveled with him. When visiting Mary Ann’s parents, Betsy arrived with her own suitcase. Jack would say, “Go get your toy.” And Betsy would retrieve her current favorite toy from the suitcase. Jack would also sing “America the Beautiful” while Betsy howled along with him. It was a tossup who was the worst singer.
- Cousin Katie also remembered hearing Betsy singing. She recalled about Jack’s dry sense of humor and never knew if he was kidding or not, usually he was kidding.
-Jenny’s fondest memory is of a beautiful spring day in 2018 spent in remembrance of Katie’s passing - beginning with a simple lunch on the patio and sharing memories. It evolved to a spontaneous 5 hour round trip to the bluebonnet trail and Jack singing patriotic, and war songs and trying over and over to recall a specific song about bluebonnets. Much of this was caught on video clips that will remain as a precious memory to share.
-Jack loved wearing hats that told a story or marked a location or event. He also loved selecting colored matched clothing in support of his favorite team that might be playing that day.
January 30, 2019
-He shared stories of when he went to boot camp (they nicknamed it Kiddie Camp). It was all Texas boys except one dancer from California who taught dance lessons and was actually in show business. There were two Aggie football players also in the group. One of them went on to play for West Point. Then this soldier then went on to be the coach at West Point. Jack always remarked how this individual was always the life of any party.
Several of his relatives have related a story of the trolley/marbles incident with his sister, Rosemary. Jack and Rosemary were visiting with each other when this story was being told. The really interesting part was that each sibling told it differently. Rosemary related that while they were waiting to ride the trolley home, then seven years old Rosemary told five years old Jack, repeatedly, to stop playing marbles and board to go home. She then said it was Jack’s fault he was left behind. Jack’s side of the story was somewhat different. He related that she only came out once to tell him. He also informed her that he was winning and didn’t want to leave right then. After being left, he followed the tracks in order to make it home.
-Kathy’s memory of Jack was that she was the niece known for biting him. He was always joking, happy, and kidding around with all of the cousins.
- Jack relayed to everyone the story of his brother Frank having a 4-legged dog while he only got to have a one-legged chicken. One day the chicken went missing. For dinner that night the family had chicken, and there was only one drumstick, which ended up on Frank Jr’s plate.
January 28, 2019
Jack loved to tell stories including being the young Paige for Bishop Lynch in Dallas. He remembers carrying the Bishop’s train (while Jack was dressed in frilly knickers, black silk stockings, patent leather shoes with 2’” heels and a stiff pleated collar).
- He also told a story of while in New York of once “getting stuck” paying for Jackie Robinson’s cab fare after interviewing him with a local broadcaster.
- Being at the Majestic with Bill watching a movie with Margo somebody and Doris Day when they turned up the lights in the theater to announce that Pres. Roosevelt had died and most people left crying.
-Taking Bill to movies just because it was fun to hear his laughter.
-A movie with Stanley and Oliver, where Stanley was left in the trenches to guard the trench while the others moved forward. Then as the movie fast forwards two years later, Stanley is still guarding the trench walking back-and-forth with a pile of empty bean cans one hundred feet high. They announced to him that the war had been over a long time.
-Being at the bowling alley on a Sunday with friends while he was on leave and hearing Pres. Roosevelt announce that Pearl Harbor had been attacked.
- Because his parents were not active in helping logistically for school related things, a friend who was a few years older could see that he needed help and his name was Thomas Shiers.
Jack remembered that Thomas was at Parkland when Kennedy was assassinated.
-Jack was named after Jack Kendall, who was Jack's dad's boss at Standard Brands. Later Mr. Kendall lived with Jack's family when he was trying to re-establish himself in Dallas.
- Every time Jack would eat liver, he'd tell the story of a fancy New York steak restaurant that served liver about an inch and a half thick. When he stuck his fork into it, blood spurted out all over his plate.
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