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Belden S. Patterson

Wednesday, December 31, 1958
Monday, September 28, 2020
Bellingham, WA
Service Information: 
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date, unknown at this time.

Belden S. Patterson, 61, passed away on 9/28/20. He was the youngest child of Jewell and Bea Patterson. Born with Cerebral Palsy, he didn’t have the use of his legs. Doctors told his parents he was not expected to survive. He did so much more than that. As a child he loved to take things apart and put them back together. As a teen he was given a three wheel bicycle, he put a motor on it and rode it all over town. He went through special training and received his WDL and bought a car. Belden began living on his own in his early 20’s. He loved his family and get togethers.

Belden was preceded in death by his parents, brother Greg and niece Amber. He is survived by siblings Dee, Morrie (Lori), nieces, nephews and cousins. 

A heartfelt thank you to Hospice House Staff.

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Submitted by Steve Radke on

I'm glad you shared the nine pics of Belden. They bring back a lot of good memories! I will miss seeing him at family events.

Submitted by Sue Starbird Wilson on

I saw Beldon's name in the obituaries and warm memories came to mind. I volunteered for several years as a counselor at the Moran Easter Seal Camp on Orcas Island. I remember what a sweet boy Beldon was at camp -a smile and willingness to really immerse himself as a tough camper. 

As a result of my involvement with kids at Camp Moran on Orcas and kids with disabilities  in classrooms at school, I chose a career in teaching Special Education. I'm now retired in Bellingham. My email is included. If a family member sends their email, I may find a few camp pictures from 50 years ago with Beldon. 

I'm sorry for your loss.

Sue Starbird Wilson

Submitted by Jim Gossage on

Belden lived on his own most of his life even with his difficulties.  Several times in the late 1970s I ran into Belden riding down the sidewalk on Alabama Street on his way home from his job on North Sreet and would walk with him until we got to his home on Orleans Street.  It is really great to hear he added the motor himself.  I'll miss seeing Belden at Patterson Family get togethers, rest in peace Belden.  Your selection of photos is very nice.

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