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January 3, 2014 · 3:38 PM
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Melvin Patterson /

Melvin Judd (Pat) Patterson passed away on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 at his home in Poulsbo. He was 83.

He was born on Nov. 22, 1930 in Tacoma to Windfield D. and Nettie (Judd) Patterson.

Melvin was the youngest of six children and was preceded in death by his sister Bessie, and brothers Thomas, Grant, Harvey and Jackie.

At age 17 Melvin joined the Navy and served from 1947 to 1967 retiring as a chief fire control technician (missile).

On Dec. 27, 1950 he married Karen Madsen and they are the parents of four children; Richard (Rick), Karen, Russell (Russ) and Vicki.

As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Melvin served as the bishop of both the Vallejo, Calif. and Poulsbo wards.

He retired from Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Keyport in 1996 and loved traveling and the RV lifestyle.

He is survived by his wife Karen; their children Rick (Debbie) Patterson, Karen (Mike) Adams, Russ (Dianna) Patterson and Vicki Patterson; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visitation from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4 at the LDS Church in Poulsbo. A funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. at the church.

Interment will take place with military honors at Mountain View Cemetery in Poulsbo.

Please sign the online guest book for the family at www.cookfamilyfuneralhome.com.

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