William Blanton Patton III

1960 ~ 2021


Oct. 1, 2021
5:00 PM
Storm Mountain Picnic Area, Big Cottonwood Canyon, Utah

William “Bill” Patton, age 61, passed away on Tuesday, August 31, 2021, in Draper, Utah.

Bill was born June 29, 1960, in Aberdeen, Maryland to William (II) and Sandra Patton. He spent most of his life in Southern California. Bill loved the outdoors and spent his final years skiing, camping, and fishing in the mountains of Utah.

Surviving Bill are his two children, William (IV) and Brooke and their mother Gigi, his parents, and his three siblings.

A celebration of life will take place Friday, October 1, 2021, 5pm at Storm Mountain Picnic Area, Big Cottonwood Canyon, Utah. A memorial will be held mid-November in Orange County, California.

Donations in Bill’s memory may be made to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.


I'm truly sorry for your loss. Bill and I worked together at BP3. Because of Covid, we never did get to meet in person, but we did spend a lot of time together on Zoom calls doing prep work for customer sales opportunities. While there we several things we didn't agree upon (politics, etc) I respected his position and learned a lot from the conversations we had.

- Rico DiMarzio

I knew Bill from university of Puget Sound. He was a very dear friend and am so glad that we really reconnected over the last couple of years. Our lives interconnected thru out the last 40 years. I will miss you my friend and I will miss your laughter.
Rest Well and peace to you
Much love Judy

- Judy Levin

Bill and I were friends, roommates, and fraternity brothers in college.

I thought back to remembrances I had of Bill, and one stuck out that until now I didn't realize had a strong positive affect on me going forward. It was when I was packing up to move out of our the house for the last time. Bill said "Wayne, I'm bummed" (how many times did we hear that phrase?); "Why Bill?"; "Because you're leaving, and you're the main reason I joined Theta Chi"; "Why do you say that Bill?"; "You seemed like a cool dude who I'd like to hang out with".

I didn't realize it, but him saying that to me, with my insecurities, and inherent shyness, was something that helped me to have confidence in myself; to be able to realize that others did see me better than I saw myself. It took strength for a young Bill to say something like that. I wish I could have shared the memory with him.

I'll miss Bill.

- Kremling Wayne

Billy and I met when I was a graduate student at the University of Puget Sound. Between 1977 and 1979 I was teaching a class called Winter Botany. Bill and I hit it off right away. He was completely amazed by my wealth of knowledge about a bunch of twigs, roots, and mushy leaves. I was equally amazed at how enthusiastic he was about this nerdy subject. We became fast friends! We also shared a love for snow skiing, fresh picked oysters from the Hood Canal, and fine wines. Of course life took us on separate journeys but we always found a way to stay connected. Since we met so many years ago and up until this moment, I have always held his friendship close. I am so sorry that he lost all hope. I will miss him profoundly. My prayers are with his children, family, and friends. Rest In peace, Billy.

- Susan R. Fors