Lyndon Pete Patterson, former state representative for Lamar County, passed away this weekend at Honey Grove Nursing Center.
A Lamar County native, Patterson began his political career in 1972 when he was elected as a Lamar County commissioner. Four years later, Patterson was sworn in as state representative for Lamar, Delta, Fannin, Hopkins and Rains counties where he served from 1976-1999. He was the democratic nominee for Texas Ag. Commissioner in 2000 and was defeated in the general election by Susan Combs.
“He was an incredible man,” said North Lamar Police Chief Mike Boaz. “A great representative for the citizens of Lamar County and a class act; probably the nicest, most down-to-earth man I knew.”
According to his family, Patterson often said he served in the legislature during a good period in Texas politics, “when there was bipartisan cooperation among the elected officials.” He worked especially hard to help rural Texas and agribusiness, serving as Chairman of the House Ag. Committee during his career.
Pete was a lifelong member of Oak Park United Methodist Church in Paris, the Kiwanis Club of Paris and many other civic organizations. He leaves behind a wife of 65 years, Doris.
He was 11 days shy of his 83rd birthday.