Barney Jerome Patton, 82, of Fort Thomas, Arizona, passed into eternity on Saturday, May 9, 2020, in Tucson. He was born on May 20, 1937, in El Paso, Texas, to Barney and Lovena Harris Patton, joining his brothers, Wayne and Norman.
Barney graduated from Cliff High School in New Mexico in 1955 and went on to Western New Mexico University, graduating in 1961. He later earned a Master’s Degree in Guidance & Counseling and Administration in Education. On March 23, 1957, he married his high school sweetheart, Hattie ”Janet” Shelley, and they were blessed with four children; Jessie “Jarett”, Jerrie “Janene”, Jye Jerome, and Jean Lovena. The couple was later sealed in the Mesa Arizona Temple in 1966, bringing their family together forever.
He worked as a real estate agent and a rancher. He was truly an outdoorsman and a hard worker. He loved ranching, trapping, and hunting mountain lion and bear. Barney had a real passion/love for the great outdoors.
He also loved telling stories to his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. The stories were exciting and loved by all who had the opportunity to hear them. Many times he would say, “Oh we’re just gonna take a little circle on the ranch today”, and 12 hours later they were still doing their “circle”. He enjoyed each of his family members and celebrated each of their successes. Barney was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was actively involved in it.
When asked what he was doing he always said, “Just sitting here with my teeth in my mouth”.
He is survived by his beloved eternal companion, Janet, of Fort Thomas; children, Jessie “Jarrett” (Alicia) Patton, of Queen Creek, Jerrie “Jenene” (David) Ward, of Fort Thomas, Jye Jerome (Aimee) Patton, of Gilbert, and Jean Lovena (Sean) Metcalf, of Fort Thomas. Barney is also survived by his sister-in-law, Sandra Patton; 17 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Lovena and Barney Patton, Sr.; his brothers, Wayne and Norman Patton, and his grandson, Triston Dalmolin.
A viewing will be from 6 – 8 p.m. Friday, May 15, at McDougal’s Caldwell Funeral Chapel. Graveside services will be held Saturday, May 16, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Emery Cemetery. Directions to the cemetery: head west on U.S. Highway 70 past Ft. Thomas, then turn south between mile markers 302 and 303 (across from the Holy Oak Garage), cross the railroad tracks then follow the signs to the cemetery.
Arrangements are under the direction of McDougal’s Caldwell Funeral Chapel & Gila Valley Crematory. Online condolences may be extended at www.caldwellfuneralchapel.com.