DAVID ANDREW PATTERSON died peacefully on Aug. 30 while salmon fishing in Alaska. David, son of Roberta Patterson and the late Carl Patterson, was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, on Jan. 30, 1953. He graduated from Westchester High School in Houston (Class of 1971), where he was a championship golfer on the school team. David joined the Sigma Chi fraternity at the University of Texas at Austin and learned to play handball from the legendary instructor Pete Tyson. He earned his degree in business in 1976 and joined ExxonMobil, where he spent his entire 32-year career working for the company in Wyoming, Illinois and Texas. David played competitive golf, handball, and tennis for most of the past three decades in north Houston. He was a longtime member of the Downtown YMCA and Champions Golf Club.
David's passion was fishing. He caught redfish and trout in Galveston Bay, kingfish and dorado in the Gulf of Mexico and bass in Lake Conroe. His search for the biggest fish and good times with family and friends took him to Montana, Wyoming, Brazil, Mexico, Canada and Alaska, where he and his sister Becky enjoyed their best-ever day of catching salmon on Aug. 30. David was a dedicated father to his children Michael and Sarah and a loving husband to his wife Anne of 30 years. He was an active volunteer for The United Way.
David is survived by wife Anne and daughter Sarah of The Woodlands, Texas; son Michael of London, England; mother Roberta and sister Becky of Houston; his nephews David McHatton of Houston and Danny McHatton of New York City; and his dog Missy.
A memorial service celebrating David's life will be held on Wednesday, September 7, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. at Champions Golf Club, 13722 Champions Drive, Houston, TX 77069.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in David's memory to Memorial Hermann Foundation/Neurosciences, 929 Gessner, Suite 2650, Houston, Texas 77024 or Dachshund Rescue of Houston, P. O. Box 580, Friendswood, TX 77549 or the charity of your choice.
Published in Houston Chronicle from September 5 to September 6, 2011