C. Duane Patton, 89, passed away July 15, 2011 in Georgetown, TX following a brief illness. Duane Patton was born on June 20, 1922, Lone Tree, IA. His childhood and youth was on an irrigated farm, near Lonepine, on the Flathead Indian Reservation, where he attended school until 1937; then Lincoln High School in Portland, OR; and graduated from Missoula County High School in 1940. He attended Montana State College 1941-43. He enlisted in the U. S. Army
Enlisted Reserve Corps in 1941; transferred to active duty at Fort Lewis, OR in 1943; was a PFC, 7th Veterinary Co., 10th Mountain Division, Camp Hale, CO; in the Army Specialized Training (ASTP) at the University of Wyoming; became a Corporal in 1252nd Engineer Combat Bn. Medical Detachment at Camp Swift, TX; was stationed in Torquay, England before the 1252nd joined General Patton's 3rd Army at Le Harve, France on New Years Eve, 1945. He was awarded the EAMET Ribbon, with three bronze stars
, for participating Rhineland, Ardennes and Central Europe campaigns. After an honorable discharge November 20, 1945, he returned to Montana to farm his Grandfather Patton's homestead near Lonepine. He married Erma Evelyn Applegren January 23, 1948. David Justin Patton, their first child, was born in 1949; Kathy Ann in 1952; Eva Lynn in 1953; Brian Duane in 1955. All are married. They have nine living grandchildren. Granddaughter Christa Lynn D'Aurelio died in 1999, at age 14. Teaching part-time at Hot Springs, MT influenced Duane to change career goals, and the family moved to Colorado in 1951 so Duane could finish a baccalaureate degree in vocational agriculture education. He received a B.S. Degree in Vocational Agriculture Education from Colorado A & M in 1953. Duane taught Agriculture at Springfield, Colorado high school; then became a teacher and administrator at Parker, AZ highschool from 1954 to 1963. He received a Master of Education Degree at Montana State University in 1961 and attended summer fellowships at the University of California in 1962 and 1963. After a fellowship at the University of Illinois
, 1963-1964, he taught vocational education and administered a cooperative education program at Champaign High School until 1973. He received an Ed. D. From the University of Illinois, 1972, to become a professor and Director of the Central Washington University Occupational Safety, and Occupational Education Centers, in 1973. He and Erma retired in Albuquerque in 1987. They moved to Sun City, Georgetown, Texas in 2002. In his retirement years Duane completed a family genealogy on the Applegren and the Patton families. At the end of June 2011, he finished his life story and sent it to the publisher. His family had just returned home from a family reunion where all immediate family members were present for an enjoyable 4 day visit 10 days before his death. He is survived by his wife Erma, Sons David Patton and wife Ive of Georgetown, TX; Brian Patton of Nashville, TN; daughters Kathy and husband Steve D'Aurelio of Gastonia, NC; and Eva and husband Al Tafoya of Albuquerque, NM. Grandchildren; Camille Fillpot and husband Davin of Austin, TX; Anjelica and husband Travis Motal of Round Rock, TX; Michael D'Aurelio and wife Caroline of Apex, NC; Matthew D'Aurelio of Gastonia, NC; Heather Marcellus, Sean Lewis and wife Christine of Albuquerque, NM; Jared Lewis of Fort Sill, OK; Mary Alice Patton and Lucie Patton of Nashville, TN. Great-grand children; Elyse, Christa Marcellus of Albuquerque, NM; Mia Fillpot of Austin TX, Emma Motal of Round Rock, TX; Cadence D'Aurelio of Apex NC and David Lewis of Albuquerque, NM In lieu of flowers the family asks that contributions be made to San Gabriel Presbyterian Church Landscape fund of the Memorial Garden; 5404 Williams Drive; Georgetown, TX 78633.