Eugene Patterson led local fundraiser efforts by Kiwanis
Eugene "Gene" Patterson, a longtime Sacramento resident who helped raise money for local groups as a Kiwanis Club member and leader, died Feb. 9 of multiple myeloma, his family said. He was 79.
Mr. Patterson spent 25 years in the Greater Sacramento Kiwanis Club, including terms as president in 1976-77 and 1995-96. He represented 10 local Kiwanis groups as Division 7 lieutenant governor in 2003-2004.
He led efforts to buy a Steinway piano and bench for the Sacramento Symphony and served on the symphony board from 1976 to 1989. He raised money for Kiwanis Family House, which offers temporary shelter to families of children receiving treatment at UC Davis Medical Center.
"He was a good man who did a lot of good for other people," Kiwanis member Bob Canady said.
Mr. Patterson was born in Highlands, N.J. in 1932. He was a sergeant in the National Guard and helped install Nike missiles on the Northern California coast during the Korean War.
He settled in Sacramento in 1968 and graduated from California State University, Sacramento. He spent a career in the wood-products industry and retired from Burnett & Sons Mill and Lumber at age 78.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Frances; sons, Michael of Paradise, and Christopher of Dayton, Ohio; sister, Patricia Vainik of Chula Vista; and two grandchildren.
A funeral Mass is set for 11 a.m. Friday at Presentation Parish, 4123 Robertson Ave., Sacramento. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Multiple Myeloma Foundation or Kiwanis Family House.