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Donald J. Patterson

September 26, 1930 March 30, 2021
Donald J. Patterson
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Donald Joseph Patterson

Don “Pops” Patterson always held true to his conviction that his faith and love for his family, came first and foremost. He also shared this conviction with friends and colleagues.

Pops was born and raised in Loogootee, Indiana and played point guard for St. Joseph’s College basketball team. He was so proud of his Loogootee and Irish heritage. He loved basketball, baseball, and college football. He so loved sports -- watching and talking about games with his children and grandchildren. He could recite every sports statistic ever made. And, he was at every sporting event, coaching his own children and attending any and every game for his grandchildren. He really was their number one fan.

Pops is a proud veteran, serving in the Korean War. During his training in the Korean war, he was recruited and served as an Agent in the Central Intelligence Core (CIC). Upon completion of his service, Pops, received his master’s degree from the University of Detroit. It was in Detroit, while finishing his masters, that he met the love of his life, Ann. They married in Detroit and raised their family in Michigan. If you talked to him for any amount of time, it would always come back to his beloved Ann. He said so often that he and Ann talked about how Blessed they were to have such a wonderful family and would quote what Ann would say to him every day, “Aren’t we lucky?”.

His successful career at Chrysler included Leadership roles in Labor Relations and Human Resources, including a key role in the Chrysler Space Program, as well as the Chrysler comeback under Lee Iacocca. His recruitment efforts brought many outstanding people to the Chrysler employee family.

Pops donated generously to the Capuchin Soup Kitchens, The Catholic Church, Habitat for Humanity, Forgotten Harvest, Gleaners, JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation), St. Jude, Leader Dogs for the Blind, and a number of Veterans Organizations.

Pops loved his dear Ann and their family the most. Relishing in family trips; vacations to Florida and Northern Michigan. Family get- togethers and celebrations, whether a backyard BBQ, a trip to the Cider Mill, a family night out at Brady’s, family brunches after Sunday Mass, a grand wedding, and most famously, the annual Patterson family Christmas Party at Pops house.
Pop’s kindness and generosity is noted by every person who he knew. He would take a genuine interest in their lives, so they knew they were important to him, providing a calm listening ear and gentle counsel. He had a keen sense to give you exactly what you needed to hear.

Pops recently celebrated his 90th birthday amidst the Pandemic, but he did not let that, or anything get him down. Pop’s faith in the Holy Trinity and Jesus was unwavering. He would always read and quote the foundations of his faith, “Christ is the image of the invisible God”, and “Love is patient, love is kind” – Colossians. He was surrounded in the end by his children and is now at peace with his dear Lord. So very loved and missed by all his family and friends. May he rest in Heavenly peace and may perpetual light shine upon him.

Pops is survived by his children, Julie (Tim) Griffin, Terry (Kelly) Patterson, Katie (Rob) Carroll, and Kelly (the late Chris) Michaud and grandchildren, Christopher (Dana) Griffin, Meaghan (Luke) Bellis, Daniel Patterson, Jessica Carroll, Molly Carroll, Jack Michaud, and Charlie Michaud. He is also survived by his great-grandchildren, Hannah and Ben Griffin and several nieces and nephews. Pops is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Ann, son, John Patterson, sister, Barbara Cropp, and brother, Ray Patterson.

Friends may visit at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 1368 N. Crooks Road (between 14-15 Mile Rds.) Friday April 23rd, 4-8pm. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Holy Name Church, 630 Harmon Street, Birmingham, Saturday April 24th at 10am. Burial will be in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield.


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