Patton, an insect enthusiast from England who resides with his wife and their two dogs as well as operating an active ant farm.
He’s become adept at accepting differing political opinions with grace – an impressive feat in an age of intense division – and is eager to see bipartisan solutions make a comeback.
Early Life and Education
At Cummeragunja he learned the value of education – something then uncommon among Aboriginal people – which later saw him attend Tumbarumba and West Wyalong public schools. When his Navy application was denied he turned professional boxer under the moniker Ironbark; at Casino in 1927 he met Selina Avery from Clarence River Aboriginal settlement Baryulgil who later married him in Tabulam NSW that same year and gave birth to seven children.
In 1937 Patten established the Aborigines Progressive Association and traveled throughout eastern Australia visiting Aboriginal communities to voice his displeasure with how the government-run Aborigines Protection Board treated them. When he returned to Cummeragunja Mission despite an oppressive state law preventing their departure he convinced its residents to cross over into Victoria instead of remaining at Cummeragunja Mission.
Patton holds a master’s degree from Xavier University and will work out of Woolpert’s Dayton headquarters. Known for being impartial and understanding when it comes to tax issues, he prides himself in helping individuals understand the law.
Jack attended Cummeragunja Mission school for several years before moving onto Tumbarumba and West Wyalong schools for further studies. Although school attendance for Indigenous children in Australia at that time was unusual, Jack learned the value of education at an early age. He studied first at Cummeragunja Mission before transitioning into Tumbarumba and West Wyalong schools later on.
He became an outspoken champion for Aboriginal rights during his free time and collaborated closely with William Ferguson during the early days of the Australian Professional Association (APA). During 1939 he led an effort to allow Aboriginals into military service without having to lie about their heritage.
Achievement and Honors
Patton joined Reno, an independent in the single-A California League, as general manager and part owner in 1989 and quickly earned League Executive of the Year honors that year for his efforts.
Patton continued his involvement with the UConn Transportation Institute by founding and later serving as Senior Research Advisor of its Connecticut Advanced Pavement Laboratory. His contributions aided Connecticut in creating an ongoing joint highway research program.
Richard Nixon made Patton his favorite film, screening it several times at both the White House and his presidential yacht, even insisting Henry Kissinger watch it while visiting. Its screenplay earned a Writers Guild of America Award in 2006, before eventually being released on DVD with commentary by director Francis Ford Coppola.
Personal interests included woodworking and camping. He loved traveling as well, particularly taking his family to watch WWE events together.
He was a man with many interests, who worked diligently towards reaching his goals. His stern, straightforward manner matched up well with his genuine concern for those around him.
Jack Avery attended Cummeragunja Aboriginal, Tumbarumba and West Wyalong public schools before going onto work as a blacksmith’s striker, police tracker and laborer for Sydney Municipal Council. Boxing as Ironbark at Casino led him to meet Selina Avery from Baryulgil on Clarence River Aboriginal settlement of Clarence River where they would later marry at Tabulam in 1931 with seven children as a result of this union.
After retiring from the Dispatch, Patton worked at both the Dallas Morning News and its successor publication, the Dallas Journal. He continued illustrating editorial cartoons during this period.
He is widely recognized for his roles as Kentucky Bluebird on CBS soap opera Search for Tomorrow and Garrett Randall in Paramount Network’s neo-Western show Yellowstone.
Lowell and Mary Lou Patton established three charitable remainder unit trusts (CRUT’s) funded with professional minor league baseball stock in 2002. They named their three children Sally Patton Walter, Jodi Patton Ream, and Jack Patton as beneficiaries for income distributions; Matthew Mack was appointed administrative trustee while Mark Sherwood served as management trustee; estate planning was handled by Estate Strategies International LLC and Richard Sorensen from church; they knew each other well.