Charles W. Pattison
Mr. Charles (Charlie) W. Pattison, 83, passed away Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at his home of more than 50 years in Deer Park, Texas, with his wife at his side.
Born in Riverton, Wyoming, on May 8, 1933, his family moved to Kansas City, Missouri, early in his childhood. Several years later, the Pattison family moved to Texas for the family business, Arrowhead Ironworks. Charles graduated from Galena Park High School in 1951. He married Joan Margaret Peters in 1952 and served in the U.S. Army from 1954 - 1956. Early in his career, Charles worked for his family’s business and later as a lab technician at Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. In 1974, Charles took a job as a maintenance supervisor at Johnson Space Center, where he retired June 4, 1999.
Charles was an avid fisherman, camper and sports enthusiast. When he was ready to “get the heck outta Dodge,” Charles would take his family camping on Lake Livingston or on the Frio River. He first floated the Frio River in 1949 with high school friends. His last float was with his children in July 2015. Even with very limited vision, he knew each bend and rapid of the river.
One of the family’s fondest memories is the summer vacation in 1971, when Charles and Joan took all nine children in the family station wagon, pulling their StarCraft popup camper behind it, from Deer Park, Texas, to Estes Park, Colorado, to the Pattison family farm in Wyoming and on to Yellowstone National Park.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Joan Peters Pattison. Charles is also survived by his daughter, Debbie Lambert and her sons, Paul and Eric; daughter Cathy Ross, her husband, Arthur, and their sons, A.T. and Nicholas; daughter, Terry Pertuit, her husband, Randy, and their children, Ryan Harrison, Andrew Harrison, Chris Harrison, James Pertuit, Jennifer Wilson and Jodi Durison; daughter, Susie Andrus, and her husband, Pat; daughter, Becky Turner and Chad Baker, and their children, Amber Turner, Natalie Turner and Jeremy Baker; son, Richard Pattison, his wife, Jennifer, and their sons, Daniel and Brian; daughter, Cindy Willenborg, her husband, Steve, and their daughters, Rachel, Kathryn and Michelle; son, David Pattison, his wife, Melissa, and their children, Zachary and Emily; and daughter, Linda Samford, her husband, Matthew, and their children, Evan and Hillary.
Charles is also survived by his sister, Helen Marie Price; sister-in-law, Mary Peters Hawkins, and her husband, Boyd; 17 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. His love for his family was unwavering until the end.
Charles was greeted in heaven by his parents Clifford Fremont and Helen Holmberg Pattison; his brother-in-law and friend William (Bill) Peters and Bill’s wife, Wanda McDade Peters; his nephew Robert (Bobby) Peters; his in-laws, Raymond and Helen Ratchford Peters; and his brother-in-law James (Cotton) Price.
Charles’ wishes were honored by donating his body to the University of Texas for research.
A memorial Mass will be held Monday, April 3, 2017 at 10 a.m. at St. Hyacinth Catholic Church, 2921 Center Street, Deer Park, Texas 77536. Reception following in Guyot Hall.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his honor to one of the following:
Capital Campaign, St. Hyacinth Catholic Church, Deer Park, Texas
Attn: Ashley Olheiser
Houston, TX 77204-2020
Memo section of check: Low Vision in memory of Charles Pattison
New Dawn Pet Adoption Center