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Obituaries » Joseph D. Patten

Joseph Donald Patten, 36, of Front Royal, passed away in the arms of his devoted wife Nicole on Sunday, October 3, 2021, at Winchester Medical Center.

Joe was born June 10, 1985 in Portland, Oregon, to William “Bill” Patten and Dawna Coleman Patten.

He graduated from Portland Christian High School in 2004 and from Hillsdale College in 2008.

On October 19, 2013, Joe and Nicole were married at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Front Royal. Joe was also an active member at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Warrenton and could be found there at Mass every Sunday.

He was a marketing executor and copywriter and worked extensively in the political sphere as a loyal Republican. Joe devoted many hours to the Institute of Catholic Culture; he often quoted Belloc’s poem: “Wherever the Catholic sun doth shine, There’s laughter and dancing and good red wine. At least I’ve always found it so. Benedicamus Domino!” and it is a testament to the way he lived. He thoroughly enjoyed discussing history, politics, literature, philosophy and theology over a fine cigar and a good beer and a well-mixed drink. His thirst for knowledge was insatiable. His favorite haunts were Christendom College's St. John the Evangelist Library, D.C.'s Library of Congress and Oxford's Bodleian Library. Despite his penchant for good discussion, Joe was nevertheless a man of few words and none that were useless.

Joseph Patten is survived by his wife Nicole E. (Surprenant) Patten; his daughter, Elizabeth (Ellie) A. Patten; Bill Patten of Vancouver, Wash.; Dawna Coleman Patten of Battlegrounds, Wash.; his brother, Daniel Patten of Vancouver, Wash.; his sister, Anna Patten of Battlegrounds Wash.; his in-laws, Forrest Surprenant and his wife Josephine of Gainesville, Joel Fernandez and his wife Nadine of Rileyville, David Norris and his wife Rebecca of Front Royal, Joshua Duda and his wife Marigrace of Front Royal, Blaise Surprenant of Denver, Colo.; Dominic Surprenant of Front Royal; Genevieve Surprenant of Surry, N.H.; his parents-in-law, Robert and Diana Surprenant of Surry, N.H.; six godchildren, and 13 nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends at the wake from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 11, at St .John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, 120 East Main Street, Front Royal.

A Requiem Mass will take place at 10 a.m. Tuesday October 12, Father Daniel N. Gee officiating. Burial will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Winchester close to his son, little Peter Marie.

Memorial contributions may be made to the">GoFundMe page.
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