Thomas Barnard Patten was born on Oct. 21, 1930 at Alta, to James Allen and Florence (Barnard) Patten. He graduated from Alta High School in 1948, attended Buena Vista College, and obtained his Masters in Music Education from the University of South Dakota. He married Joyce Ardene Ellwanger on June 10, 1951 in Lake View. He was proud to have served his country in the United States Army in South Korea during the Korean Conflict. He taught music for 16 years in Marathon and Audubon. In 1971 he began working in Perry as an agent for State Farm Insurance until his retirement in 1994.
Tom was a member of the First Presbyterian Church where he served as an Elder, Deacon, director and member of the choir, and on numerous committees. He had an all encompassing love for everything involving his family, especially his children's and grandchildren's performances and events. Music was a huge part of his life as an instructor, performer and enlightened listener. He was an active participant in the Otley Masonic Lodge and served as Musician for the Grand Lodge of Iowa in 1999. He served as president and active member of the Perry Lions Club. He found joy in his fishing trips to Canada with family and friends and his morning coffee group in Perry. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed playing pool and cards of all kinds.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents James and Florence Patten.
Survivors include his wife, Joyce Patten of Perry, daughter, Dawn Parker (Brian) of Perry, son, Dr. James Patten (Jane) of West Des Moines, grandchildren, Erin Parker, Kathy Patten (fiancÚ Ben Warren), Kristi Elliott (Chris), Elizabeth Patten, Michael Patten, and a great-grandchild expected in May, brothers, Kenneth Patten (Darlene), Neil Patten (Pat), and Douglas Patten (Gin), sister, Ruth Hoferman (Clinton), and many in-laws, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends