Fort Smith High School
Donald Patton

Greetings fellow classmates,

Upon our graduation I felt the leadership of God into the ministry. I attended the Freewill Baptist Bible College in Nashville, TN for a portion of two years. While there, I worked as associate pastor in Ashland, TN. Due to health reasons, I returned to Ft. Smith and began serving as youth director / associate pastor and later pastor in Alma, AR and Maple, OK.

Shortly afterwards I met my wonderful wife, Sharon Erwin from Gans, OK and we were married June 1, 1963. She has been my helper, companion, and love for the past 42 years. God blessed us with one son, Bradley Don, in 1969 and he and his lovely wife, Jody, has blessed us with our only grandchild, Brandon Joseph. He is our pride and joy.

In 1974 we moved to Tulsa and took pastorate of a church in Cleveland, OK for several years.

During my work in the ministry, I was bi-vocational. I have been working in the aerospace industry since 1986 with American Airlines from which I retired in 2002. Currently, Iím working part-time with Volvo Aerospace at American Airlines.

Sharon retired June 2, 2005 from 35 years of accounting. After getting some health issue behind me, we hope to do some traveling and see some of Godís beautiful creation.

Don Patton Ė 2005