Darryl Keith “DP” Patterson was born June 21, 1949 to Lewis and Martha Patterson in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He entered into his eternal rest at the age of 69 on Saturday, April 20, 2019 at Lutheran Hospital.
Darryl graduated from Central High School in 1967 where he participated and excelled in all sports. He was an ALL STAR athlete in track and wrestling. Darryl went on to college and earned a Bachelor of Administration in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice from Manchester College located in Manchester, Indiana. Upon graduating, he enlisted in the United States Army and was honorably discharged in 1974.
Darryl worked for CETA/Jobworks for approximately 20 years where he implemented youth work programs. He was formerly employed by Boys Scouts of America and was the Director of the Old Fort YMCA for several years. Darryl also worked for Fort Wayne Housing and DCS. He worked alongside of Dr. John Newbauer to help create psychology programs at YSC and ACJC to help at risk youth.
Darryl filled many shoes and wore many different hats. He was a father figure to many. He was involved with Village Little League for 10 years where he served as president for five years. He coached AAU, assisted in basketball at Prince Chapman and baseball at Paul Harding High School where he mentored and guided many youth.
Darryl was a true family man! He loved unconditionally and without judgement. He always spoke positivity and tried to see the best in people.
Darryl was an up lifter, motivator and role model that was extremely intelligent, full of knowledge and wisdom and was ahead of his time. He was a community activist, culturally adept and had a memory you could only dream of!
Darryl leaves to cherish in his memory, partner-in-love, Donita Mudd; daughters, Afrika (Leroy) Allison of Fort Wayne and Tiffany (Eric) McCoy of DeSoto, TX; sons, Kamari (Diondra) Patterson of Aubrey, TX and Steve Johnson of Indianapolis; special children he held close to his heart, Landon (Ebony Dawson) Mudd of Fort Wayne, Quinton Mudd of Washington, DC and Simone Mudd of Atlanta, GA. He also leaves his brothers, Lewis (Hazel) Patterson of Wilmington, NC, Layne (Vivien) Patterson and Dennis (Rebecca) Patterson both of Fort Wayne and Tyrone (Iris) Patterson of Durham, NC; sisters, Theresa Burnett of Ellenton, FL, Yolanda Patterson of Wilmington, NC, Marcia Bryant and Natasha Matthews both of Fort Wayne; special cousin, Judith Carter; god-sister, Deborah Andrews; childhood friends, King McGaw, Jessie White, Sam Hasty, Ralph Anderson, Curtis Booker, Willie Smith, Marshall McGaw, Eugene Devbrow and Larry Eldridge, 24 grandchildren, six great grandchildren along with a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Darryl was preceded in death by his parents, son, Tyaan K. Patterson; brother, Lester Patterson; granddaughter, Alonna Allison; a special cousin, Valeta Carson; his first childhood friend, Janet Reese and close friend, Joseph Williams, Sr.
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