What an amazing journey he had! Guy W. Patton, 89, of Billings passed away June 5, 2017. He was born Sept. 7, 1927 to Frank and Stella Patton of Boulder, CO.
He graduated from Boulder High School in 1946, and enlisted in the Army from 1951- 1953 where he served in the Korean War. He then attended the University of Northern Colorado and received his Bachelors in Business Education, followed by his Masters in 1957. While attending the university he met his future bride, Arlene Lustig, and they married on August 27, 1955. Guy was also a Phi Beta Kappa.
The happy couple moved to Stockton, CA where they taught from 1958-1961. Their daughter, Carol was born and they moved to Billings, MT where Guy taught at West High School for 14 years, starting with the first graduating class of 1961. During that time their son, Steven, was born. Guy then taught Distributive Ed at the Career Center when it opened in 1975, followed by teaching business classes at both Senior High School and the Vocational Technical School. He and Arlie retired together in 1994. During his teaching career, Guy had many state and national winners in the DECA program. Guy also taught Drivers Ed, and boy did he have stories to share. He spent wonderful summers transforming the once known “chicken coop” into the family cabin on the Black Butte Ranch.
Guy was an AVID bowler! God, bowling, family…in that order. He met his future bride on a blind date bowling, where he beat her two out of three games! She was a PE teacher and he was very proud about beating her. This was the only time they went bowling together.
Guy was a member of numerous bowling leagues, competing at the state level and twice at the national level. He bowled for over 60 years and shared many great stories from his weekly adventures. He won tournaments in CO, MT, and Reno, NV. He won the MT tournament in Laurel, and in St. Louis he placed 2nd in the nation during the first State Games.
Guy had been an active volunteer at ZooMontana since 1997 helping in the store and giving cart tours to the elderly and disabled. Both Guy and Arlie played a significant role at the zoo as volunteers. For their 50th Wedding Anniversary a bench was donated in their name, which is located by the bear exhibit.
Guy enjoyed his later years at Morning Star Assisted Living visiting with the wonderful staff and friends, and enjoyed playing Bingo, Pokeno, and Bunko. He also had great memories with his dear friends Jerry and Leona Gipe who spent quality time with him daily.
Guy’s family includes his daughter Carol (Vancouver, WA; her daughter Susan Mitchell) and his son Steve (Billings; married to Mary with their sons Daniel Locati and Christopher Patton) where they both keep the family tradition of working in education.
A celebration of Guy’s journey through life will occur at ZooMontana on July 29th at 6:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to ZooMontana.