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Pat Patterson obituary

(This is an edited version of Pat Patterson's obituary submitted by the Barranco Severna Park, Md., Funeral Home and Cremation Care.)

Duane Lee “Pat” Patterson, 86, died peacefully Friday afternoon, March 18, 2022 at the

Sunrise Senior Living Center in Severna Park, Md.

Born July 5, 1935 in Chester Twp., Pa., he was a son of John S. and Thelma McCune Patterson.

He served as football coach at Oil City High School from 1969-76, he was a revered physical education teacher with the district until his retirement in the early 1990s.

Mr. Patterson grew up in Oil City and Utica. He was a 1953 graduate of Franklin High School, where he was a member of the football and wrestling teams.

He then joined the U.S. Marines and after achieving sergeant, attended Slippery Rock University, where he played football, coached its first wrestling team and was president of the junior class.

After graduating from “the Rock,” Mr. Patterson taught health and physical education at Middletown, Pa., from January 1960 until June 1965. He started the wrestling program at Middletown, where he was an assistant football coach and a department head.

Mr. Patterson became head football and wrestling coach at Iroquois Central High School in Elma, N.Y., where he taught “phys ed.” He is a member of the school’s wrestling Hall of Fame.

Mr. Patterson and his family returned to Oil City in 1969.

In addition to coaching football, he taught phys ed, was a department head and Varsity Club adviser.

Rebounding from a 1-8 record the year before, his 1975 football team at Oil City won the school’s first Section 2 championship in 11 years. He was named Northwest Conference “Coach of the Year.”

Mr. Patterson was an offensive line coach at Allegheny College for the 1978 and 1979 seasons.

“Coach Pat” wrote three articles for “Scholastic Coach” on the wrestling program at Iroquois and the weight training program at Oil City.

He was a speaker at the state Health and Physical Education Association convention twice, and received its Professional Honor Award in 1992.

The Oil City physical education program, under his directorship, was featured in the association’s journal in 1987.

Mr. Patterson was a clinician for the National Youth Sports Coaches Association for 25 years. He trained coaches in the Franklin, Oil City, Cranberry and Titusville areas, certifying more than 700 in the program.

He and his wife, “Gussie,” ran the summer Olympics program during Oil Heritage Week for the first six years of its existence.

Mr. Patterson started and ran the Oil City-Cranberry Youth Football League for 38 years. The program received national recognition and a monetary award from the National Youth Sports Coaches Association in 1993.

He received the Outstanding Citizen award from the Oil City Chamber of Commerce in 1994.

Mr. Patterson worked 10 summers at Camp Kennebec in North Belgrade, Maine, where he was an age group head counselor; taught weight training, wrestling, water skiing and led canoe trips in the northern part of the state.

His main hobby, besides reading and fitness, was motorcycle touring and camping. He traveled to Alaska and Newfoundland and crossed the country by motorcycle camping nine times.

Mr. Patterson was a regular at the YMCA. He participated in scuba diving, flying, soaring, distance running, canoeing, wilderness survival and parachuting.

He attended Second Presbyterian Church in Oil City. He was married in 1958 to Mary Ellen Guthrie, the light of his life, who preceded him in death.

His parents and a brother, John, also preceded him in death.

Among his survivors are two sons, Mike and his wife Beth of Severna Park, Md., and Dan and his wife Susan of Oakdale, Pa.

The family will receive friends at 12:30 p.m., Saturday, April 9, at Second Presbyterian Church in Oil City.

In lieu of flowers, people are asked to send donations to the Franklin, Oil City or Rocky Grove Booster Clubs with “elementary basketball program” in the memo, 527 Pacific St., Franklin, 16323.

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