Donald D. Van Patten, 79

Donald D. Van Patten, 79, of Grand Junction died Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, at Allegan County Medical Care Community. Mr. Van Patten was born Aug. 2, 1935, in Allegan, the son of Harvey and Ethel (Van Ness) Van Patten.  
Don graduated from Allegan High School, Class of 1953. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He had worked as a police officer for both the City of Allegan and the Allegan County Sheriff Department for several years. He also worked at Perrigo for more than 15 years, as well as owning and operating the Swan Lake Campground and Store.  
Surviving are his wife Carol; nine children, Donald and Michelle Van Patten, Dale and Dawn Van Patten, Debra Markins, David and Dianne Van Patten, Gary Fuss, Terry and Dorothy Fuss, Lori and Tim Green, Lisa and Mitch Blacksten and Rob and Lisa Fuss; 23 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; his brother Dale and Jennie Van Patten; his sister Joyce Lawes; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.  
He was preceded in death by his daughter Donna; his granddaughter Ericka; and his brother Kenneth.  
Friends may meet with the family on Thursday, Feb. 12, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Gorden Funeral Residence, Allegan Chapel, www.gordenfuneral.com, where funeral services will be Friday, Feb. 13, at 11 a.m. Pastor Chris Stephenson will officiate. Interment will be at Lindsley Cemetery, Cheshire Township.  
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 3940 Peninsular Drive SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546, or the American Diabetes Association, 1550 Broadmoor Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506.

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