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Obituary for James E. Patterson

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James E. Patterson

September 24, 1932 - January 4, 2018

James E. Patterson, age 85, passed away Thursday, January 4, 2018, in Ogden, UT.  Jim was born September 24, 1932, in Marietta, OH to Bernard F. & Wilda Anne Patterson.  After graduating from Marietta High School in 1950, he enlisted in the United States Air Force.  Upon completion of basic training, he was assigned to Russian Language School in Syracuse, NY.  He was then assigned to a base in Anchorage and subsequently Adak Island where he served during the Korean War as a Russian language interpreter.

His tour of duty was completed in Colorado Springs, CO, where he met his bride to be, Suzy, at a wedding at the Broadmoor Hotel.  They were married in Trinidad, CO on September 9, 1956.  For two years they made their home in Boulder, CO where Jim completed his education at the University of Colorado with a Bachelor’s degree in Geology.  After working for two years for Pan-American Petroleum in Wyoming, Jim decided he wanted to be self-employed.  With all of their possessions in a one-wheeled trailer, Jim and Suzy moved to Utah to start their own business.  They opened their first dry cleaning store in Roy, UT in 1961 and built Your Valet Fine Dry Cleaning to 10 stores with over 100 employees over a period of 53 years.

Jim’s involvement in civic activities began with serving as the President of the Roy Chamber of Commerce.  Later, he was involved in the Ogden Chamber of Commerce as Chair of the Military Affairs Committee.  He was the first civilian to be sent to the USAF War College.  Jim became involved in the National Dry Cleaning Trade Association and served as District Director for four years and then served as President.  Because of his involvement with the industry, Jim and Suzy traveled extensively throughout the US and worldwide.

Jim served on the Board of Directors of Youth Impact for 17 years and participated on many committees.  He was also a member of the Ogden Exchange Club and served as President and in many other capacities.  Jim enjoyed golfing and engaging in the antics and travels of the R & W Club.

Jim is survived by his wife of 61 years, Suzy; his daughter Alice and son-in-law Gary Moe; and granddaughter GraceAnne of Park City, UT.  He was preceded in death by his brother Bruce Patterson and son Brent Patterson.

A viewing will be held at Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836 – 36th St., Ogden on Friday, January 12, 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Funeral Services will be held at Leavitt’s Mortuary,  Saturday, January 13, at 2:00 pm. Family will greet friends prior to the Services from 1:00 – 1:45 pm.

Interment at Memorial Gardens of the Wasatch, 1718 Combe Rd, South Ogden followed by a return to Leavitt’s for a final reception in the Waterfall Room.

Donations in Jim’s name may be made to Youth Impact, 2305 Grant Ave, Ogden, UT 84401, or online at


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Service Schedule

Visitation Information

Date: Friday, January 12, 2018

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Leavitt's Mortuary


836 36th Street , , Ogden, UT, 84403

Service Information

Date: Saturday, January 13, 2018

Time: 2:00 pm -

Leavitt's Mortuary


836 36th Street , , Ogden, UT, 84403

Family will greet friends from 1:00 – 1:45 pm

Cemetery Information

Date: Saturday, January 13, 2018

Memorial Gardens of The Wasatch


1718 East Combe Road, , Ogden, UT,

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Born: September 24, 1932
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Tina Olsen posted on 1/12/18

Suzy & Alice, It was very hard to hear of Jim's passing. He was and continues to be such a great, kind, wonderful man in our lives. Our thoughts are with the both of you and of course we always think of Brent. May God bless you and comfort you at this time and in the future. Please let us know if we can be of any service to you. Craig & Tina Olsen


Dean Hurst posted on 1/9/18

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Carol Hannan posted on 1/9/18

Suzy, I am so so sorry for your loss of Jimmy. You were a great couple and you will miss him. I remember the book you gave me when my Jim died and i kept it close, reading it many times. I will be gone for his service but know you are in my prayers. I have also donated To youth impact for him.


Jim Nixon posted on 1/8/18

So sad .. My sympathy to Suzy and Alice and the family. Jim was a mentor of mine in the dry cleaning industry and I'll never forget his kindness to me and my family....