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Monday July 20th, 2020

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William Scott Patton

LTC William Scott Patton USA VANG Retired, former VBPD, USN, died April 19, 2020 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He was born in Akron, Ohio to Fred and Linda Patton. Recruited out of high school, he served in the US Navy, deployed on the USS Nimitz; served as a Virginia Beach Police officer and detective; joined the US Virginia Army National Guard, where he attended OCS and earned a commission, and retired in May 2013. 


Will earned a Master in Public Administration - Emergency & Disaster Management degree from The American Military University/Old Dominion University. He skillfully executed his knowledge and duties as he led VANG HazMat teams at the Pentagon and in NYC after 9-11. Will cared compassionately for his brothers-in-arms and enjoyed visiting and speaking with veterans. He told and retold jokes and liked to reminisce about family adventures. He was a true patriot, interested in history and all things military. Watching sports, especially the Denver Broncos, filled his free time. Above all else, he cherished his beautiful daughters Olivia and Denver!


He is preceded in death by his father Fred L. Patton and survived by his mother Linda A. Patton, beloved daughters Olivia Grace Patton and Denver Lee Patton, sister Debra Plaster (Don), brothers Keith Patton (Teresa) and Michael Patton (Lorrie), and many nieces and nephews, aunts and cousins. He will be remembered for his love of family, friends, country, and liberty!

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I knew the Col. here in south fl. Met him at Burgers and Suds, and I noticed he was in uniform and I mentioned I also served, and we had been good friends ever since! I recommended him for a job at my old Military Academy in Gainesville Ga. I last spoke to him in February before i left for Washington State, where i was living part time. I just got back home, and went to a couple of places and asked if anyone had seen him and one person told us he had passed on, however no details. He was younger than I was, and in damn good shape, motivated me to get out and get back in shape as well. Based on some of the things posted i know he was a damn good officer, and he was a very good friend to me. We are going to miss you sir!

William Ramos Oct 21 2020 12:00 AM

Wow this is tough. I just found out this week that Will had passed. What a heart breaker. I met Will back in early 2000, we lived in adjoining cottages on Fort Pickett. We both worked at HQ there. Will was a great neighbor and cook. I mooched many a meal off him in those great days. Soon our lives changed after 9/11. Will spent years working on the Weapons of Mass Destruction Team and honing his skills. He was a great American patriot, having served in the US Navy, also as a Virginia Beach police officer, and finally as an Army officer. I was one of the groomsman in his wedding. It was a splendid affair, with Navy and Army uniforms. I enjoyed our time together, golfing, and grilling. Wills Navy stories were fascinating, telling me about the shellback rituals at the equator they do, which I heard are outlawed now. He told me about the flight deck on the Nimitz when it got crazy during flight operations and how he was blown into the nets a couple of times. I didnt see much of him after he retired and went to Florida. We kept in touch with many a phone calls. I know he loved his girls Denver and Oliva dearly. He will be missed by me and my family and many others. Gods speed Will, till we meet again.

MAJ Edward A. Connelly SC Retired Jun 4 2020 12:00 AM

Will was a great friend for over 25 years. We met in Virginia Army National Guard Officer Candidate School Class XXXVIII in April 1995 and have been close friends ever since. He inspired me to be a police officer and taught me so much about the military, leadership, law enforcement and life in general. I will never forget the weekends at the pool or cookouts in Richmond. He was fiercely loyal to friends and family and loved his kids more than anything. Although we spoke frequently, I barely saw him since he moved to Florida. I will always regret not seeing him sooner. He was true friend.

William Kinnard May 5 2020 12:00 AM

We started out meeting each other prior to the VBPD Academy and the rest was history. From our BBQ's to pool party's life was never the same after you met Will. 28 years we shared the ups and downs of life, I never thought someone could love this country as much as me, Will was the first and only. Duty, Honor,Country ..that was Will and his love for his girls. Thanks for allowing me and Dianainto your world and being a great brother in Blue and Green. God Speed...God Speed. Until we meet again.

Larry Penix Apr 27 2020 12:00 AM

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