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Bruce Elliott Patton

August 4, 1944 — March 8, 2017

Life Reflections

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Bruce E. Patton passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 surrounded by his loving family in Roseville, California. He was born August 4, 1944 in Tacoma, Washington to Napoleon Bonaparte and Ora Lee Crook Patton. He was the eldest child of four siblings.

He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, Joseph and Julia Patton, Ira and Rosebud Truitt, Aunt and Uncle Alfred and Iola Patterson of Pensacola, FL.

As a child, he spent the first six years in Pensacola with his aunt and uncle, while his parents attended college at Tennessee A& I State in Nashville, TN.
Bruce attended St. Francis Catholic School; he later attended Howard High School where he was a member of the football team, graduating in the class of 1962. He was also one of the demonstrators who sat in at the Woolworth lunch counter with the class of 1960. His picture was captured and appeared on the cover of Ebony Magazine. After graduation he matriculated at Knoxville College, prior to enlisting in the U. S. Air Force, where he served 20 years and retired as a Master Sergeant. While serving in the military he would marry his childhood sweetheart Lena Wellington of Chattanooga, TN. To this union 2 children were born, and the family would spend many years in San Jose, CA, until his job with L3 Communications would transfer him to Colorado Springs, CO.

Bruce prided himself as a dedicated family man who had words of wisdom for everyone even if you did not seek the information.

He leaves to cherish his loving memories his loving wife of 49 years, Lena; son; Bruce Patton, Jr. (Shelley) of Oakland, CA; daughter Allison Monterrosa of Moreno Valley, CA; grandchildren, Marissa Pham, Raymond and Arianna Monterrosa and Shelby Patton; great-granddaughter, Azalea Monterrosa; three sisters, Vincinetta Bertelli Brown, Chattanooga, TN, Monica Shiras (Michael) Taylor, Dacula, GA; Julia Rose (Charles E) Ingram, III; Sisters-in-law, Sadie (Ernest) Wrisper, Cleveland, OH; Patricia (Joseph) Knight, Chattanooga, TN , dear cousins, Auldrey Carter, Indianapolis, IN; Irma Billingsley, Los Angeles, CA and Regina Jackson, Detroit, MI, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins; and many great-nieces, great-nephews and friends.

Viewing Thursday, March 16, 2016 at the funeral home from 1:00p.m. until 4:00pm.

A Mass of celebration will be held Friday, March 17, 2017 at St. Clare Catholic Church, 1950 Junction Blvd. Roseville, CA.

Interment Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, Dixon, CA.

A memorial celebration will be held in Chattanooga, TN at a later date.
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Service Schedule

Past Services

Visitation

Thursday, March 16, 2017

1:00 - 4:00 pm

Heritage Oaks Memorial Chapel

6920 Destiny Dr, Rocklin, CA 95677

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Mass of Christian Burial

Friday, March 17, 2017

Starts at 10:00 am

St. Clare's Catholic Church

1950 Junction Blvd, Roseville, CA 95747

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Interment with Full Military Honors

Friday, March 17, 2017

Starts at 1:00 pm

Sacramento Valley National Cemetery

5810 Midway Rd, Dixon, CA 95620

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