Thomas Joseph Patton, beloved son, brother, uncle, and friend of many, was reunited with our loving Heavenly Father on July 15, 2022.
Thomas was born on December 20, 1988 in Salt Lake City, Utah to his adoring parents, Dr. Larry K. and Margery Patton born. Thomas was born to his fraternal twin sister, Caroline, with whom he formed a close bond and lifelong friendship. For many years Thomas was surrounded only by sisters, his eldest sister Elizabeth, his fraternal twin sister Caroline and younger identical twin sisters Sarah and Rebecca, until reinforcements finally arrived in the form of his younger brother William. Thomas and his siblings were all incredibly close and enjoyed a childhood filled with adventure, the great outdoors and the occasional bit of mischief.
Thomas grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah and was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was a member of the Boy Scouts of America and was diligently earning his Eagle Scout badge at age 16. Thomas served a valiant two-year mission in New York City, New York, where he made lifelong connections. Thrilled when sharing the gospel he knew and loved, Thomas often struck up conversations on the New York 7 Train and the Staten Island Ferry.
Thomas enjoyed family vacations and summers on the beaches of Southern California. A native Californian, Margie enthusiastically shared her love of the ocean and the underwater world with her children. Thomas loved to catch waves at sunset and admired the massive waves that broke on the Wedge in Newport Beach. Thomas enjoyed spending time with his father and felt most comfortable in the Alaska family cabin. His father taught him the importance of patience, hard work, service and kindness to others. Larry practiced surgery and passed on his scalpel finesse by teaching Thomas how to fillet a sockeye salmon. His favorite place on earth was fishing on the banks of the Kenai River with his father, surrounded by nature and wildlife. Thomas loved his father very much and always tried to make him proud.
One of the Patton family’s most memorable adventures was hiking the subway in Zion National Park. The famous 9.5-mile hike is known for rappelling down steep waterfalls and canyoning over giant boulders. On the first descent into the gorge, 10-year-old Tom bravely exclaimed, “I’ll go first, Dad!” before abseiling down a waterfall into a deep pool of water. Thomas showed bravery and strength during this trek and throughout his life, always volunteering to come first and protect his family. He was a brave adventurer with a heart of gold and our very own Tom Sawyer.
Thomas showed natural athleticism from a young age. Following in his parents’ footsteps, he became an experienced skier and an active member of the Alta Youth Club (AYC). Thomas loved expert runs like Alf’s High Rustler, Baldy Chutes and hikes to Devil’s Castle and Catherine’s. In the winter, Thomas could always be blasting down moguls, throwing backflips in the backcountry, and gliding through powder. Likewise, during the summer Thomas could always be found practicing at the driving range, putting green or playing a round of 18 holes at his favorite local golf courses, Bonneville and Mountain Dell.
Thomas was an artist and always kept a sketchbook nearby to find beauty and meaning through art. Known for his extensive collection of hats and sneakers, Thomas enjoyed the craftsmanship behind many of his belongings. Thomas was an avid reader and enjoyed learning about significant historical events. Throughout his life he accumulated a wide knowledge and always strived to keep learning.
Thomas loved connecting with people and celebrating differences. He could start a conversation and find common ground with anyone. He was generous, hardworking and always the first person to offer a helping hand. Thomas was a trusted and loyal friend. He adored his nieces and nephews and enjoyed spending time with them. Thomas took great care of his fraternal twin sister, Caroline, who spoke to him almost daily. His beautiful and bright smile brought immeasurable happiness and love to everyone around him.
In 2017, Thomas married Kaylee, with whom he shared laughter, love and joie de vivre. Thomas and Kaylee were best friends and found peace, comfort and a home together. Together they enjoyed traveling and spending time with family, friends and their adorable dogs.
dr Larry and Margery Patton have always emphasized to their beloved children that our goal in this life is to be worthy to regain the presence of our loving Heavenly Father and His merciful Son, Jesus Christ. Thomas will forever be an integral member of our family of eight and a devoted follower of the teachings of Jesus Christ. We will never forget the light Thomas shared with all of us and we truly believe that we will be reunited as a family. The following poem, written by Tennyson, represents the continuation of Thomas’ journey to eternal progress and the unending joy that will come from meeting face to face with his pilot, his loving Heavenly Father:
“Sunset and evening star,
And a clear call for me!
And may there be no groans from the bar,
When I set sail
But such a tide as moving seems to be asleep,
Too full for sound and foam
As what drew from the boundless depths
Return home again.
dusk and evening bell,
And then the darkness!
And may there be no sadness of parting,
When I embark;
For tho’ from our source of time and place
The tide may carry me far
I hope to see my pilot face to face
When I’ve crossed the pole.”
Thomas leaves behind his parents Dr. Larry K. and Margery Patton, his fraternal twin sister Mary Caroline Patton, his eldest sister Elizabeth Jane Porter (Jonathan) and their six children Sarah Kathryn Putkonen (Miro) and their two children. Rebecca Anne Patton and William Russell Patton as well as his dog Bonnie and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
A private, peaceful and beautiful funeral service was held for Thomas on Saturday, July 23, 2022 at the Larkin Sunset Lawn in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Published by Legacy Remembers on August 2, 2022.