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Orville "Don" Patrick, 73, died on Feb. 22, 2017, at Hillcrest Hospital in Tulsa, Okla.

He was born on May 8, 1943, at the family home in Lyons Switch, Okla., to Orville and Sarah (Hamlin) Patrick. His father was born in St. Paul, Ark., and came to Oklahoma in 1916. Sarah was born in Middlesboro, Ky., and came to Oklahoma in 1912. The family ran a general store and raised cattle for many years.

After graduating from Cave Springs High School, Don earned a bachelor of arts in English from Northeastern State University. He later earned his superintendent certificate from The University of Arkansas.

He began his career at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, N.M. Later, he taught English and history at several Oklahoma schools, after which he became a superintendent. He retired as the superintendent of Cave Springs School in 2002. He served in the Oklahoma National Guard for over 14 years and was a member of the Scottish Rite of Tulsa. He was a talented guitarist and a voracious reader of literature and history.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Orville and Sarah; a sister, Elena (Patrick) Corbin; and a brother-in-law, Jack Amburgey.

He is survived by a sister, Patricia (Patrick) Amburgey of Wichita, Kan.; brother-in-law, Robert Corbin of Salina, Kan.; three daughters, Stacy and husband Joseph Pratt of DeRidder, La., Yahnah and husband Anthony Rhodes of Bixby, and Shelley Patrick of Tulsa; two grandsons, Rylo and Archy Rhodes; and many other relatives.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, at 1 p.m. in the Roberts/Reed-Culver Chapel. Visitation will be Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, 6-8 p.m. at the Roberts/Reed-Culver Chapel. Arrangements are with Roberts/Reed-Culver Funeral Home.
Published on February 24, 2017
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