A man to remember and appreciate........................ 

Dwight W. Patterson Dwight W. Patterson

1912-1999

Dwight W. Patterson left his mark on our community. His life impacted Arizona business, professional sports for Arizona, and education. 

Family History............   
Dwight Patterson was born in Tempe on April 8, 1912. His mother, Vera Buck, was a schoolteacher and the granddaughter of Col. White who homesteaded in the Kyrene area of Tempe in the 1880's. His father, Fred Patterson, was an electrician and later an Arizona Public Service manager. In 1918, the Pattersons moved to Peoria where he attended school and developed a love of sports.

Adult Years .............   
In 1938, Mr. Patterson married Ruby Mae Dobson, whose family developed a farm and extensive land holdings between Mesa and Chandler. Over the years, his business interests flourished and included landholdings all over Arizona including the Patterson Company and Dobson Ranch Inn.

Community Service.............
Along with many successful business endeavors, Mr. Patterson kept alive his love of sports.   In 1949, he was credited with luring the Chicago Cubs to Mesa for spring training, solidifying the Cactus League in Arizona.  In his honor, the Mesa stadium was named "HoHoKam Park - Dwight Patterson Field".   He also served on the Mesa Parks and Recreation Board, helping to set up Little League and Pony League baseball in the Mesa area. He was one of the founders and first chief of the Hohokams, a branch of the Mesa Chamber of Commerce.

Education was important to Mr. Patterson.  He served on the Mesa School Board, the Arizona School Board, the Arizona Board of Regents, and the Maricopa Community College District Board.  His strong feelings about the need for affordable, higher education moved him to win voter approval for a county-based junior college system, including what we now know as Mesa Community College.

Dwight Patterson's honors have been many: Arizona History Maker; Sports Hall of Fame; Mesa Citizen of the Year, to list but a few.

We owe a debt of gratitude to Dwight "Pat" Patterson, for his civic leadership and his philanthropic endeavors.  May his visions for the future be carried forth by the students of Dwight W. Patterson Elementary School.