DRIPPING SPRINGS — Richard Tom Patton, a 78-year-old Dripping Springs resident, died on Friday, June 28. He was born on November 4, 1935.
Patton worked as a metal finisher, industrial painter and law enforcement officer in Travis County Precinct 3 as well as at Dealers Electrical Supply in Austin and San Marcos. For the last 20 years of his life, he owned Hill Country Swings in Dripping Springs, where he moved in 2001 after living his entire life in south Austin.
Patton is survived by his wife, Bettye Kathryn Patton, to whom he was married for 56 years, and a daughter, Lisa Kathryn. He is also survived by brother Chester Cecil Patton; brother Charles Edward Patton; sister Mary Elizabeth Aguirre; and two neighborhood children, Sergio and Belicia, whom he loved and regarded as his grandchildren. He also leaves behind numerous other family members as well as friends he considered part of his extended family.
Patton did not want a funeral service, but a celebration of his life will be planned soon. Arrangements made through Harrell Funeral Home in Dripping Springs.
Contributions can be made in Patton’s memory to Cattlemen for Cancer Research, which benefits the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Checks can be made payable to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center with a notation of CCR/Richard Patton. Mail donations to Michale E. Keeling Center, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Attn: CCR, 650 Cool Water Drive, Bastrop, TX 78602.Email | Print