John Patton


January 8, 1944 - June 26, 2018


John M. Patton passed in peace June 26, 2018, at the age of 74.  Known as “Grandpa Grumbles” and “Grand poppy” by his grandchildren, and JP Quigley to his friends.  He was always gruff but a true teddy bear once you got to know him.

A celebration of John's life will be 5-8:00 PM Friday, August 17, 2018 at the Depot in Mitchell. 

He had a variety of occupations over the years.  He was a banker, stay-at-home father, owner of Access Inc. a computer company and a Master Engine Technician.  He loved being able to fix things and taught many others to do the same.  He will be missed for his ability to problem-solve his daughters’ car troubles through just a phone call.

John loved anything fast and was an avid drag racer, sailboat enthusiast, and snowmobile and motorcycle rider.  He also traveled throughout his life.  Some of his favorite places to visit included Gavins Point Marina, where we spent many weekends as a family racing sailboats; the Salt Flats in Utah where he helped build the “World’s Fastest Bagger”; camping in Canada as a family and Glacier National Park.  His love of speed transferred to family road trips, with most of our “vacation/scenery” pictures reflecting the glare of the window, as we were making “good time”.

He also enjoyed the finer things in life, such as Waffle Houses, Salted Nut Rolls, Pecan Pie and Krispy Kreme doughnuts.  He was an amazing cook and found a hobby in smoking food.  His BBQ ribs were to die for!  He prided himself on not eating “anything green” and won over his granddaughter by sharing his Peanut Butter Crunch. 

John was loved by many and will be missed by those who knew him.  Although he did not want a memorial service, his life will be remembered and celebrated in the near future with his family and friends in Mitchell, SD.

John is survived by his daughter, Angie and Selassie Amana of Greensboro, NC,  granddaughter Aurelia and grandson Kellan; step-son, John A. Patton of Brandon, step-daughter, Stacey and Dan Pederson of Asheville, NC, step-granddaughter Braelyn, his sisters Helen Ann Patton of Silver Spring, MD and Mary Fishencord of Phoenix, AZ, two nieces and two nephews.

He was preceded in death by a brother-in-law Ed Fishencord and step-grandson Kailer Pederson.



Friday, August 17, 2018
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
The Depot
210 S Main St
Mitchell, SD 57301


None Scheduled

Posted by Bob Marler on July 1, 2018
I was a Highway Patrolman who lived across the alley from John. Once I got to know him I enjoyed his company. One night John told me he just wanted me to know he was going to have some biker friends over for a party. I had a little parking lot off the alley where I parked my patrol car. I told John that was fine with me but if one of those motorcycles was parked in front of the patrol car when I got a call in the middle of the night I was going to run right over it. About three in the morning I heard John yell "get that bike out from in front of that patrol car, he might get a call". I was only joking when I told him that but I guess he took me pretty serious. To this day I don't know why I did not just park in front of my house. Rest in Peace John you was a great neighbor and a good friend
Posted by John Kennedy on July 1, 2018
John and I were cousins he was my aunt Gertrude's son and a year older than me. From our uncle bun I heard many stories about John and from those stories I expected not to like him if we ever met. He was probably about 8 and I would have been 7 years old when we spent a week together at Grandpas farm. We became instant friends fishing, harassing farm animals,getting into trouble. My best memory was after spending an afternoon mowing Grandpas back yard our aunt Hellen paid us both a quarter and we took off for town and got us a nickel root beer float.we both still had two dimes, I don,t think I ever felt as rich in my life as that day so we ordered a second round of floats. Our moms never figured out why we had no appetite for dinner that night.
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