Michael Glen Patton

August 22, 1952 - October 4, 2020

Michael Glen Patton, 68, a resident of North Fort Myers, FL since 2019, formerly of Prince William County, VA, passed away Sunday, October 4, 2020 in North Fort Myers. He was born August 22, 1952 in San Diego, CA.

Mike was, first and foremost, a Dad.  He loved his kids and grandkids more than anything in this world.

Holding him in never ending love are his beloved wife, Deborah Patton of North Fort Myers; loving mother, Darlene Patton of Gallatin, MO; five loving children, Michelle Patton Swisher and Chris of Spotsylvania, VA; Justin Patton and Leslie of Locust Grove, VA; Sean Patton of Manassas, VA; Ryan Patton, also of Manassas; and Megan Rose Patton of Madison, AL; four stepchildren, Joe Ford and Caitlin of Stafford, VA, David Ford and Kaitlyn of Houston, TX; Joshua Ford and Tessie of Manassas; and Michael Ford, also of Manassas; two brothers, Steven Patton and Alice of Gallatin, MO; and Kelly Patton and Susan of San Diego, CA; as well as eighteen outstanding grandchildren.

Mike actually never used the word “step” when speaking of any of his children or grandchildren.  He said, “Our” kids and “Our” grandkids.  Whenever clarification might be needed, it was “Our kids on Mike’s side”, or “Our kids on Deb’s side.”

Mike was, second (and also foremost), a drummer.  He loved good music, especially accompanied by a cold beer!  On a trip visiting brother, Kelly, in California a few years ago, Mike’s incessant drumming on any surface his hands could find caused Kelly to yell, “Michael, will you stop that tapping!” 

Mike was, third (and also foremost), the best friend anyone could ever have.  He was always there with a shoulder, a joke, a deep discussion, a helpful hand and a loving heart.  Dear friends Mark and Deb Leigh gave Mike a photo of Mark, Deb, Mike and Deb on a photo frame that said “Friends are the Family We Choose”.  Mike truly loved his longtime family of friends in Virginia, and across the country, with all his heart, and he loved his new Florida family of friends just as well.

Mike served more than 20 years in the United States Army, serving with others who are very cherished by him.    He loved to tell stories, more than once, about all of the shenanigans with his Army family of friends.  It always began, “When I was stationed at . . .” 

Mike loved to talk of all of the (awesome, and sometimes not so awesome) adventures he had with all of us, his family and family of friends, but he always had his one particular phrase of wisdom that he never failed to share:

“Don’t let 3 seconds of stupidity ruin your whole life.”

Mike was preceded in death by his father, Doyle “Pat” Patton, by his brother, Craig Patton, and by his grandson, Gavin Patton.

Mike’s family will have a Celebration of his Life at the Dale City VFW Post 1503 on Friday, October 23, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. (14631 Minnieville Rd, Dale City, VA 22193)

Family and Friends are invited to please leave a note on the on-line guest book which can be found at www.MullinsMemorial.com.  

We thank you all for everything you have already done, and all you continue to do.  You were a blessing to him and are truly a comfort to us.

We last forever!

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.


  1. Deb Oct 10, 2020 at 4:36 pm

    We last forever!

  2. Pat Duvall Clatterbuck Oct 10, 2020 at 5:11 pm

    Deb and Family,
    So very sorry for your loss. George and I enjoyed your company at the Wintergreen class reunion. Mike will be missed.
    Hugs, George & Pat (Duvall) Clatterbuck

  3. Michelle Patton Swisher Oct 10, 2020 at 5:16 pm


  4. Justin M Patton Oct 10, 2020 at 5:18 pm

  5. Joanne and Rick Azzarano Oct 10, 2020 at 5:36 pm

    Our thought and prayers are with Deb and the entire Patton family. Mike was one of the best, loved his family so much. Knew how to have a good time, always brought everyone to smiles with his smile. You will be missed my friend.

  6. Joe Oct 10, 2020 at 5:40 pm

    Patton was my stepdad and had a great sense of humor and great taste in movies. As we were both fans of the Will Ferrell and John C. Riley classic “Stepbrothers,” I would often quip “I’m not calling him dad! Even if there’s a fire!” It was always a sure-fire way to get a good laugh out of him! I will miss him terribly, but I’m thankful for having the opportunity to have been a part of his life and for him to have been a part of mine.

  7. Marcia Lee Oct 10, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    Glad to have met you and how you loved Debra

  8. Glenn & Vencie Anderson Oct 10, 2020 at 6:19 pm

    Debbie, Our deepest sympathies to you and all of Mike’s family. We will keep fond memories of your visit with us in Rockport.
    You remain in our thoughts & prayers. Much love!

  9. Patricia Hernandez Oct 10, 2020 at 6:40 pm

    Mike was a very nice man, he as well as all his family was supportive when we lost his brother Craig, so sorry fo your loss Deb, my thoughts and prayers r with u as well as the rest of his family

  10. Deb & Mark Leigh Oct 10, 2020 at 6:46 pm

    Mike was truly a beautiful man and we were honored to call him our friend. We made the trip down to North Fort Myer to visit Mike & Deb last year, had a ball seeing their new home and community. We FaceTimed and talked often, he was alway at the ready with a smile and fun loving wit. We are all better people for having him in our lives. ❤️

  11. Joel & Gail Oct 10, 2020 at 6:49 pm

    Love and Prayers to you Deb and family. Mike was always a warm and welcoming soul.
    Always Joel & Gail

  12. Gloria Moran Oct 10, 2020 at 8:13 pm

    Dear Debbie and family, I was so sorry to learn Michael had passed away and extend deepest sympathy. I think he and Tom would have had a great time with their army stories. May they share them now. May memories bring comfort as you face each day.
    Love, and hugs, Gloria Moran

  13. Linda Dalgety Oct 10, 2020 at 8:26 pm

    A beautiful tribute. A beautiful legacy

  14. Gary collins Oct 10, 2020 at 9:25 pm

    Mike was a great individual super boss and enjoyed life. Sorry for your loss.

  15. Jim and Sandi Burleson Oct 10, 2020 at 11:42 pm

    I still remember the first time I met Mike at a local music venue in Fredericksburg. Mike was a very personable and knew more about football than anyoneI knew. From that time on I would ask Mike about the upcoming NFL season and his predictions. I didn’t know until later that Mike had played drums as well. Mike went thru several health crises and even with everything he was going through he
    never complained openly. Mike was a great man I’m sorry that Mike and Deb didn’t have much time to enjoy retirement life. My wife Sandi and I send our love and prayers to Deb and their family.

  16. Ines Oct 11, 2020 at 9:36 am

    I was very shocked when I hear that Mike past away. I have so many fun memories of him. He was a happy person who loved his kids & family, beer, music, bowling, sport and Germany. I’m glad he had the opportunity to move to Florida and enjoyed live there. He will be missed! I wish his family all the best, he always loved all of you!

  17. Pamela Belanger Oct 11, 2020 at 2:49 pm

    Deb and Family,
    My heart goes out to all of you.
    May you find strength in each other.
    Love and prayers.
    Pamela Belanger XOXO

  18. Debi and Bobby Douglas Oct 11, 2020 at 3:16 pm

    We are so sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. He was a great and very interesting man. Prayers, love and hugs to you and your family.

  19. Tedra L Richardson Oct 12, 2020 at 8:52 am

    To Michelle and Family,

    It is with the deepest sympathy that I share this fond memory of your dad. It was 2015 and you Michelle, were recognized as the Virginia School Social Worker of the year. I had the honor to witness your recognition in Williamsburg with your family. Your father was also able to attend the wonderful event. I’ll never forget his smile, his humor, and his immense sense of pride in you! His heart was full of joy that day, as he got to witness you being recognized as SSW of the year for the state. Continue to hold this and other cherished memories of your father in your heart as you carry on with your good deeds in life.

    I’m lifting you and your family up in prayer for strength, comfort, and peace – now and always.

    With love,

  20. Cindy Oct 13, 2020 at 9:21 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.

  21. Tim Lydon Oct 15, 2020 at 11:20 am

    So sorry , Peggy

  22. Jose Perez Oct 16, 2020 at 12:43 pm

    Mike, I am so grateful for the great friendship we shared. Brief as it was. We became very good friends in time. As a soldier he was and as a sailor I am, we found that common ground as veterans and developed a brother like friendship. The fact that we are both drummers, reinforced that bond. I will never forget the great war stories we shared as we ship their beers so many times. Mike – I’m going to miss you We will continue our last story when we meeting in heaven. Love you brother

  23. Lynda Cain Urbaniak Oct 17, 2020 at 10:54 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. May God grant his family, and his friends, His comfort and His peace that passes all understanding. Mike loved his family and lived life to the fullest. I know he will be greatly missed. Please accept my condolences.

  24. Jay Rainaldi Oct 20, 2020 at 1:33 pm

    We didn’t talk a lot in recent months, but I’ll miss ya, buddy. You were an easy guy to like, Mike. The world is a little dimmer without you in it.

  25. loretta l kelly Oct 20, 2020 at 9:54 pm

    I will always have those great memories of all the great times we spent at Lake Anna . Shared those with the Vestals and the Neelys and their beautiful kids. I will miss that smile when I gave you those socks every Christmas. After all isn’t that what mother in laws are supposed to do?

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