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Dr. David Patton, 53

Dec 22, 2008

Dallas, Texas — David E. Patton MD, age 53, of Dallas, Texas, formerly of Blue Earth died Dec. 5, 2008, in Texas surrounded by a circle of loving family and friends. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008, at Patton Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Blue Earth. Should friends so desire, the family requests expressions of sympathy take the form of donation to the ASPCA or the United Way, in Dr. Patton’s name.

Dr. Patton was born on Aug. 22, 1955, in Waseca, the son of John and Carol Patton. He was a 1974 graduate of Blue Earth High School and graduated from St. Cloud State University in 1979 and the University of Minnesota School of Medicine in 1983. He performed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Kaiser in San Francisco, Calif., from 1983-1987 and his fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas from 1987-1989. He had practiced in San Francisco and Virginia Beach, Va., before moving to Dallas in 1999. For the past ten years Dr. Patton was a valued member and a driving force in his perinatology practice, North Texas Perinatal Associates. He dealt with mothers that had heart disease or cancer. His care of the unborn included performing groundbreaking blood transfusions to tiny patients still in the womb. His attention to detail and his technologic prowess were legendary among his co-workers and patients. He was an irreplaceable friend and colleague to many in the world of obstetrics. He was a member of many local and national professional societies. Dr. Patton was a truly compassionate physician, mentor, and friend to his patients and co-workers. His skills as a brilliant doctor, teacher and problem solver will be missed by all who knew him.

Dr. Patton is survived by his soul-mate and wife of 33 years, Wanda J. Patton, RN of Allen, Texas, his father John M. Patton of Blue Earth; his brothers Blake (Mary) Patton and nephew John of West Bend, Wis.; Ed Patton of St. Paul and Tom Patton of Phoenix, Ariz.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents and his mother Carol Patton in 1987, who taught him to be a defender of the defenseless.