Remembering Dan Patterson (a tribute from a true son).

This Fall we had to say goodbye to our father, Daniel Patterson. The youngest son of four, he lived and loved well. My father’s infectious smile, relational warmth, and practical know-how, coupled with caring for people, being generous with words and money. He was a good father. I miss him dearly.

In two memorials we honored his contribution to our lives and remembered him fondly. While I don’t have the audio nor video of what I shared at those, below is a slide show of collected moments over the years, and a poem-ish tribute of sorts I wrote after learning of his death.

Remembering Dan Patterson from Jeff Patterson on Vimeo.

Grateful for Dan our Dad, the man with the infectious smile, always ready to encourage others.

Remembering Dan Patterson (1944-2017)

Daniel Patterson, youngest son.
Embraced responsibility gladly, embodied hardwork daily.
Husband, father, brother, lumber broker, DIY-er.
Got a project? Let’s do it, these old tools will do. Fix-it, make-it, build-it, try-it.
Add some know-how, determination, grit and grace, see what we can do.
When the cloud of darkness arrives, let’s go outside.
Seek the Creator in creation: on water, summer & winter, sailing & skiing, canoeing, rafting & golfing. Oh the fun we’ll enjoy together.
Outdoors camping, watching sons playing, talking & smiling, at home with everyone — that’s the Silver Fox you know.
Ever the Encourager, here to show kindness, patience & genuine care. An honorable man who can find, Dan’s the man. Affectionate father & husband. Frugal & generous, self-forgetful in serving others.
We love you Dad.

Loneliman Praying for 39.3 miles

For my 39th birthday on June 17th I’ll be doing a triathlon as a fundraiser for Next Generation Ministries (NGM), aka the Loneliman 39.3. Wrote about WHY here, in thirty-nine words:

Behold the moment, weigh your purpose.
Duty and beauty join as one;
Joy of obedience, whether together or lonely, man.
What’s a man’s legacy?

THEY are. Invest in the next generation.
Finish well.
In lieu of presents, give Hope!

How you can join in:

  • How can I pray for you? Choose a mile and tell me how I can pray for you as I endure with joy. (Tell me below.)
  • A triathlon is swimming–biking-running, and I’ll cover 39.3 miles between Oregon City and many “villages” en route to Colton. Schedule & course outlined here.
  • Give $39 to support the ongoing work of NGM

Loneliman 39.3 » when & where (schedule & course)

For my 39th birthday on June 17th I’ll be doing a triathlon as a fundraiser for Next Generation Ministries (NGM), aka the Loneliman 39.3. Wrote about WHY here, in thirty-nine words:

Behold the moment, weigh your purpose.
Duty and beauty join as one;
Joy of obedience, whether together or lonely, man.
What’s a man’s legacy?

THEY are. Invest in the next generation.
Finish well.
In lieu of presents, give Hope!

What about the WHEN and WHERE?

Since a triathlon is mostly an exercise in effort and attitude — with very little control of all other factors (weather, equipment, traffic, health, etc.) — I’d like to invite you along for the journey as I fight for joy and endurance, to bring hope. It will be about three hours of grace-driven effort!

  • You can meet me at any of the spots noted on the map below (T1 & T2 = transition one & two), or along the course between all the “villages” of Oregon City, Central Point, Mulino, Liberal, Molalla, and Colton.
  • What’s more, I’d like to take a bit of YOU with me. Whether you’re a supporter of this NGM fundraiser, or simply ask for prayer, please tell me how I can pray for you! I’ll assign a mile # and pray for you during that mile biking or running (my beloved family gets the first mile as I swim). I’ll pray for you as I endure with joy.