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Jacob E. "Pat" Patterson
Mayor Pat Patterson of Minden, LA.jpg
Mayor of Minden
Webster Parish, Louisiana, USA
In office
1974–1978
Preceded by Tom Colten
Succeeded by Jack Batton
Personal details
Born (1924-04-28)April 28, 1924
Webster Parish, Louisiana
Died November 30, 2010(2010-11-30) (aged 86)
Shreveport, Caddo Parish
Louisiana
Nationality American
Political party Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Sadie Grace Chanler Patterson
Children Connie Patterson Paul (1948-2007)

Ricky G. Patterson (1951–1978)
Tanua P. Riley
Six grandchildren

Alma mater Dubberly High School in Dubberly, Louisiana
Occupation Businessman
Religion Pentecostal Church
Military service
Service/branch United States Navy
Battles/wars World War II
(1) A successful businessman, Patterson was elected mayor of Minden in his first bid for office, having handily unseated the Republican incumbent, Tom Colten.

(2) Rather than seek a second term as mayor, Patterson sought to fill an opening in the Louisiana House of Representatives in a special election held on November 7, 1978.

(3) The night before the special House election, Patterson's only son, Ricky Gayle Patterson, was shot to death by an acquaintance, Richard Dowling, under questionable circumstances. At the time of his death at the age of 27, Ricky Patterson was married to the former Janice Acklen, and they had two children, Jeremy Shane Patterson (born October 2, 1974) and Tiffani Shea Patterson (born August 2, 1976).

Jacob E. Patterson, known as J. E. "Pat" Patterson (April 28, 1924 – November 30, 2010),[1] was a businessman who served as the Democratic mayor of the small city of Minden, the seat of government of Webster Parish in northwestern Louisiana, for a single term from 1974 to 1978.[2]

Background

Patterson's business interests included Tide Craft, Inc., a boat company previously known as Bayou Boats, which he purchased in the early 1960s. The company sustained three major fires, including one in 1970. In 1973, Tide Craft sales topped $3 million, with boats sold in twenty-two states.[3] In its heyday, Tide Craft consisted of a large office complex with Minden's first computer system, a showroom, and metal buildings for the production of large boats. The boats were shipped by 18 wheelers all over the United States and presented in show rooms nationwide. In 1974, Patterson sold Tide Craft and announced his bid for mayor.[2]


Tenure as mayor

It had then appeared that the incumbent Republican, Tom Colten, would not seek a third term. At the time, the office of mayor was under the city commission format, but by the end of the term to which Patterson would be elected, the city charter was altered to the mayor-council system. In 1973, Colten had proposed converting the full-time mayoral position to part-time so that he could accept a paid position with Minden's private hospital. The council hence moved Colten to part-time status, and his pay was cut from $12,000 annually to $200 per month, the same as a part-time city council member.[4]

Having first said that he would not run again, Colten changed his mind. For the first time ever, a full Republican slate filed for all municipal positions in the historically Democratic city. The mayor's pay was increased to $16,000.[4]

To win the Democratic nomination Patterson first defeated probation officer Willard McClung, the son of former Minden police chief Harvey McClung. That vote was 2,524 (57 percent) to 1,967 (43 percent).[5] Then Patterson easily unseated Colten, 3,186 (62.5 percent) to 1,914 (37.5 percent). Nearly seven hundred more voters came to the polls in the general election than in the Democratic primary.[6] Not long afterwards, Colten relocated to Baton Rouge, where he subsequently accepted a position with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development. Along with Patterson's election, a Republican, Felix Garrett (1922-1987), a university professor, won election as the city's last public utilities commissioner, having unseated the incumbent Fred T. "Tony" Elzen, by a 7-3 margin.[6] By 1978, the city council seats were allocated along single-member district lines, and Garrett became the first Republican on the revamped city council.

While Patterson was mayor, the city decided to retain its historic bricks overlaying Main Street but to remove them from Broadway Street so that the spare bricks could be used for future repair or replacement parts as needed.[2] In his first year as mayor, Patterson was appointed to the transportation committee of the National League of Cities.[7]


Other political races

Patterson did not seek re-election in 1978. Instead, he ran in a special election for Louisiana House of Representative District 10 seat vacated by R. Harmon Drew, Sr., who was elected to his former position as Minden city judge. Patterson ran third in the special election held on November 5, 1978. His 2,687 votes were 102 short of procuring a runoff election berth. The position went to Minden attorney Bruce M. Bolin, a son of Judge James E. Bolin.[8] At 11:30 p.m. on the night before the state House election, Patterson's son, Ricky G. Patterson (1951–1978), was shot to death under questionable circumstances, which was never resolved and are believed to have been foul play.[9]

In 1982, Patterson tried to regain the mayor's office but ran third in the nonpartisan blanket primary. His 1,207 votes were 239 short of the number needed to procure a general election berth against the eventual winner, fellow Democrat Noel Byars, an educator.[10] The incumbent, Jack Batton, brother of former Sheriff J. D. Batton, did not seek a second term that year.

Family

Patterson was married for more than sixty years to the former Sadie Grace Chanler (February 17, 1929 – June 10, 2010), who graduated in 1946 from Minden High School[11] and assisted him in his campaigns for office. His graduation from Dubberly High School in Dubberly in south Webster Parish was delayed by service as a mailman in the United States Navy during World War II. His obituary, however, indicates that he graduated in 1946 from Minden High School.[2] The couple also had two daughters. Connie Patterson, thereafter Carmen Valerie Patterson Yocom Paul (1948–2007), a businesswoman, died after a triple bypass heart surgery required a 33-day hospital stay. A 1966 Minden High School graduate, she was formerly married to Robert Thomas "Tommy" Yocom, II (1947–1983), and thereafter Stephen Ralph Paul (born July 22, 1949) of Bossier City. A second daughter and the only surviving Patterson child is Tanua Shurlaine Patterson Riley (born February 7, 1962) and husband, Samuel Keith Riley, both natives and residents of Minden and formerly from Diboll, south of Lufkin, Texas.[2][11]

Patterson died in Shreveport at the age of eighty-six. Services were held on December 3, 2010, at the First Pentecostal Church in Minden, with the Reverend Jeff Ramsey officiating. He is interred beside his son and his wife, who preceded him in death by five months, at Lane Memorial Cemetery in Sibley in south Webster Parish.[2][11]

References

  1. ^ "Jacob E. "Pat" Patterson". findagrave.com. Retrieved March 8, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Obituary of J.E. "Pat" Patterson". The Shreveport Times, December 2, 2010. Retrieved December 2, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Tide Craft Tells Success Story in Sales", Minden Press-Herald, August 28, 1973, p. 1
  4. ^ a b "City Council Appoints Colten Part-Time Mayor", August 7, 1973, p. 1
  5. ^ "Pat Patterson is Democrat Mayor Nominee", Minden Press-Herald, August 19, 1974, p. 1
  6. ^ a b State of Louisiana, General Election Results for Webster Parish, November 5, 1974
  7. ^ Minden Press-Herald, November 5, 1975, p. 1
  8. ^ Minden Press-Herald, November 5, 1978, p. 1
  9. ^ "Mayor's son slain", Minden Press-Herald, November 5, 1978, p. 1
  10. ^ "Minden Press-Herald", November 3, 1978, p. 1
  11. ^ a b c "Sadie Grace Chanler Patterson". findagrave.com. Retrieved March 8, 2015. 
Preceded by
Tom Colten
Mayor of Minden, Louisiana

Jacob E. "Pat" Patterson
1974-1978

Succeeded by
Jack Batton