Eric Lee Patton
February 27, 1985 – April 10, 2019
Staff Sergeant Eric Lee Patton, 34, passed away unexpectedly at his home in Conroe, Texas on April 10, 2019. A combat veteran of both the Iraq War (3 tours) and Afghanistan War (3 tours) in serving with the 4th Infantry Division, 101st Airborne Air Assault (Screaming Eagles), 82nd Airborne Division (All American). He was with an Infantry and paratrooper soldier earning several awards and medals including the Combat Infantry Badge and the Bronze Star.
SSG Eric Patton was born on February 27, 1985 in Wichita Falls, Texas. He graduated from The Colony High School in 2003. SSG Patton enlisted in the United States Army due to a strong desire to serve his country. SSG Patton was a brave and loyal soldier who loved the U.S. Army and his fellow brothers in arms. He told his mother that he believed in the motto “Leave No Man Behind”.
SSG Patton was selected for United States Army Green Beret but was unable to complete this training due to the untimely death of his father Clarence Calvin Patton. SSG Patton chose not to re-enlist and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army to care for his mother.
SSG Eric Patton was an exceptional student at Sam Houston State University majoring in Accounting and a minor in Computer Programming. He was expected to graduate in May, 2020.
Eric was an avid motorcyclist and was a member of the Bikelifemafia motorcycle group. He was also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and 82nd Airborne Division Association. He lived every day to the fullest, cared deeply for his family and friends. He was a man of his word and the void he has left will never be filled.
SSG Eric Patton is survived by his mother Maria L. Patton-White and stepfather Michael S. White of Houston, Texas. He is preceded in death by his father Clarence Calvin Patton of Wichita Falls, Texas and grandfather, Harold D. Bailey of Elmira, New York.
A viewing will take place at Brookside Funeral Home on April 22, 2019 between 5:00 p.m and 9:00 p.m. with the rosary at 7:00 p.m. The Funeral service will be held at Prince of Prince on April 23, 2019 officiated by Father Biju Matthew at 10:30 a.m. SSG Patton will be laid to rest at Houston National Cemetery with military honors following the service. There will be a celebration of SSG Patton’s life his mother’s home immediately after the burial. Funeral arrangements are provided by Brookside Funeral Home, Cypress Creek, Houston, Texas.
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Brookside Funeral Home-Cypress Creek
9149 Highway 6 North
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Prince of Peace Catholic Community
19222 Tomball Pkwy
12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
houston National Cemetery
10410 Veterans Memorial Dr.
Eric Lee Patton
April 18, 2019
I met Eric in 2012 when he showed up to one of my rides. Most guys would only ride once with us old guys and would go back to riding straight. I always had a small group of friends that would ride curves aggressively and he became one of those friends even though I was 14 years his senior. As time went by he was riding with me more often than my old friends. I think it was because he was willing to take chances more often and we shared that feeling because of what we had been through in combat and realizing life is short. I was amazed by how much combat he had been in and pushed him to become a green beret because I already saw him as one. I told him that he had seen more combat than I had in my career and he would probably get a break from it once he went SF. He laughed and praised what I did. When he got selected I was so happy because I knew he would make a great leader in SF. He was smart, fearless and compassionate. The perfect combination to win hearts and minds and free the oppressed like our motto says. He had so much more to give on this earth. I will miss his sense of humor and memes that he would send me. I will miss the long wheelies he would pull next to me. I will miss talking about motorcycles and making fun of squids. I will miss sharing our combat stories. This world has lost a great warrior but I know he’s watching out for us from above and happy to be with his father and grandfather!
Dr. Dan Shaw
April 17, 2019
I was one of Eric's professors at SHSU. Eric was kind man and a very friendly student. He would come talk to me after class regularly to chat about motorcycles and my thoughts on career avenues. He was always extremely respectful and attentive. He was my favorite student in the class. I wish I had gotten to know him better.
April 16, 2019
I met Eric in 2005, at FOB Kalsu Iraq. I spent a lot of time with him telling jokes and shooting the breeze outside of our platoon tent.
We smoked a lot of cigarettes back then, he smoked a lot more. I stayed at the end of the tent close to the door and he would always stop to get me to follow him outside. He was a great guy and everyone enjoyed his company, hard to say no a to guy that pulls a cigarette out before you can even respond to his presence. His only words, staring boldly, "Ninja Warrior".
This man always had a smile on his face and a chuckle in his voice as I knew him. He was really strong and brave. He was the type of guy that every soldier wishes he could be. He was alive in the moment he listened when you spoke to him. He cared.
Eric, you were a great man, I will miss you as long as I live, I will keep telling the stories that I have of you as long as I can remember them with pride.
Until we meet again.
April 13, 2019
I was going through a bad separation with my wife and Eric reached out to me through FB to ensure me that things will always work out. Gave me comfort and made me laugh when we joked about High school football. Then told me he had to get going because gunfire was getting close. Made me realize my problems were smaller than I made them to be. Played football with him from the Rams in CYFA thru Highschool. We will be praying for your family.