Obituary: Fred Rudyard Patton
Fred Rudyard Patton passed away peacefully on July 15, 2015. He was born on July 10, 1917 in Luna, New Mexico to Fred and Minnie Patton.
Fred's family came to Skull Valley, Arizona in 1921 to raise goats on what is now the Webb Ranch. He, his parents and three siblings, Helen, Lucile and Bucky, all lived in Skull Valley. Fred attended local schools and graduated from Prescott High School. He continued at Webb Ranch as a foreman for 37 years.
He married Amanda Margaret Ballew Squires in 1947. Margaret was said to have managed the responsibilities of the ranch at Fred's side. Bud Webb said it was like two hands for the price of one.
Fred and Margaret had one daughter, Sheri. Sheri soon learned the ways of driving steers and heifers alongside her dad. Dad often testing and teaching her along the way, "What kind of grass is that?" Sheri once said what a great history teacher he would have made.
Fred, in addition to his ranching responsibilities, acted as the area lion hunter. Managing and controlling the local lion population and protection of near-by cattle ranches.
When Margaret passed, Fred found comfort for almost a decade at the Juniper Well Ranch boarding horses. Fred married Edna Mae Ballew in 1994.
In 2002, Fred and Edna moved into the Arizona Pioneers Home, still holding hands. Edna passed away in 2008.
Fred was an avid reader and lover of poetry. He was able to recite Longfellow and local poet Gail Gardner until his death.
Fred was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Minnie Patton; sisters, Helen, Lucile; brother Bucky; and two wives. Fred is survived by his daughter Sheri and her husband Oscar Acedo; stepbrother Daryl (Shirley) Ballew; special nephew George (Sue) Theobald; two grandchildren, Shawna Moon and Colette Hernandez; great grandchildren, Justin (Ranel) Adrian and Alexa Gonzalez, Jacob and Serena Hernandez; great-great granddaughter Justine Gonzalez.
Thank you to the wonderful staff at the Arizona Pioneers Home for excellent care.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at the Arizona Pioneers Home in Prescott.
Information provided by survivors.
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