Leonard Searles Patterson
November 16, 2006
After a full and productive life Leonard Searles Patterson passed away peacefully at Aspen Valley Hospital on Nov. 5, 2006. He was 92.
He was born on March 17, 1914, in Hollywood, Calif., to Searles and Marion Patterson. He graduated from Cal Tech in 1936 with a degree in electrical engineering. Leonard was NCAA runner up in tennis and was known as the “gentleman of his sport.”
During his tennis career he enjoyed extensive travel with the family of Colorado Senator Lawrence Phipps. He married Bamby Martin on October 20, 1941. During WW-II Leonard served as a Lt. in the army signal corps. He was landing on the island of Leyte the day that his daughter, Christi was born. Following the service, Leonard spent 34 years working for the Public Utilities Commission of Southern California. He retired in 1972 as the director.
Leonard’s true passions were skiing and his family. He was one of the early ski pioneers at Mammoth Mountain in the 30s. It was this love for skiing that brought him and Bamby to Aspen in 1973. He enjoyed golf, hiking, skiing, and volunteer work at the Aspen Historical Society, as well as international travel. Leonard especially liked the solitude of skiing Tiehack until his last run at age 82.
Leonard is survived by his wife of 65 years, Bamby; daughter, Christi Schneider; sons, Danny and Mark; and grandchildren, Lacee, Lindsay, Anna and Sean. Leonard will be remembered as the quiet mentor of the family, full of humor, loving support, interest in everyone’s lives and for his positive outlook on life.
A graveside memorial is planned for late spring at the Red Butte Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Leonard’s name to “Hike for Hope Foundation” 936 W. Francis St., Aspen, CO. 81611. http://www.hikeforhopemd.com.
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