Ronald McGregor Patterson, age 71, passed away peacefully April 17, 1998 after a long and valiant battle with cancer.
He was born March 26, 1927 in Tampa, Florida to Clarence Claude and Sophronia Upchurch Christian, who both died while he and his twin sister Ruth were infants. They were adopted by Earl McGregor and Letty Frances Anderson Patterson of St. Johns, Arizona. He married Carolyn Sue Reintjes of Linton, Indiana on August 2, 1952 in the Mesa, Arizona LDS Temple.Ronald graduated from St. Johns, Arizona High School in 1945 having been active in music and sports. In 1945 he enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps and was sent to Nuremberg, Germany until honorably discharged in 1947. He served as an LDS missionary in the Northern States Mission, later the Great Lakes Mission, from 1949-51.
He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1953 from the University of Arizona and his Doctor of Dental Surgery from Indiana University in 1964. He practiced general dentistry in Indianapolis, Indiana from 1964-75, and later in Mesa, Arizona from 1978-97. He was also the Director of Para Dental Programs at Maricopa County Community College. Active in civic affairs he was a member of the Kiwanis, Optimists and Lions clubs and the Xi Psi Phi Dental
A faithful member of the LDS Church, he held many positions, serving as Stake Young Men's President, as Stake High Councilor, Bishop's counselor, counselor in Stake Presidencies, and as Mesa Arizona West Stake President. In July 1975 he was called to preside over the newly created Nevada, Las Vegas Mission until his
release in 1978.
Ronald is survived by his wife of 46 years and his four children, Clinton Earl (Christine) of Salt Lake City; Rebecca Sue of Cedar City; Craig Glover (Tamara) of San Antonio, Texas; Emma Ruth (Wayne) Hatch of Gilbert, Arizona; three beautiful granddaughters who will miss their beloved PaPa. Preceded in death by his parents and sister, Ruth, all of St. Johns, Arizona.
He was a devoted husband, loving father and beloved friend to all who knew him. Though greatly saddened by his passing we take comfort in the promise of a joyful reunion and the assurance of a glorious resurrection.
Funeral services will be held Friday, April 24, 1998, 12 noon, Eagle Gate Stake Center, 135 N. "A" Street. Friends may call at Larkin Mortuary, 260 E. South Temple, Thursday 6-8 p.m. and at the church Friday, one hour prior to the service. Interment: Salt Lake City Cemetery.
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