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Obituary: Richard Latta Patton '66

Richard (Rick) Patton, passed away on January 10, 2012, at home, surrounded by family and friends.

Rick was born in Nashville, TN, on April 3, 1943, and lived in New York and San Francisco while exploring the art and craft of filmmaking. He immigrated to Canada in 1969, residing on Quadra Island. In 1974 Rick resumed his filmmaking career in Vancouver, BC.  As well as his own experimental films, he also worked on numerous documentaries for PBS the CBC, and NFB, as producer, director, mixer, cameraman, editor and writer. His innate ability to teach shaped many beginning artists, film makers, and producers through the SFU Film Workshop.

In 1984 Rick settled on production sound mixing, working on dozens of features including "Seven Years in Tibet", "Bird on a Wire," and "Happy Gilmore". In 1998, he opened Location Sound Ltd., providing sound equipment to industry colleagues until 2007, when the company was purchased by Trew Audio; Rick stayed on as Branch Manager. He retired in 2010 to write the seminal "Sound Man" a compendium of location sound techniques and lore, interwoven with personal commentary on film production. 

Rick is survived by 3 children, Luke, Walker and Hollis Patton; sisters Nancy Patton and Delores Vance, and nephews Billy and Stuart Vance, and John Patton; extended family include step-son, Gannon Abbey, daughter-in-law, Marisa Lenhardt; sister-in-law Beth Patton; and partners, Baeleay Callister and Kiku Hawkes.

He will be deeply missed by family, friends and colleagues.

A memorial service will be held on 1st April, 2012, from 1-4 PM, at The Chapel, 304 Dunlevy Street, in Vancouver.