To the editor:
No doubt that Jerry Patterson has left his mark on baseball in Fort Dodge. His love of the game and passion for baseball will live on through the many that will play at Patterson Field for many years to come.
I want to remember and thank Jerry Patterson for another passion of his. Jerry Patterson was instrumental in organizing and supporting the Indian Guide program through the YMCA for many years. Indian Guides was a special program where a dad or mom as part of a "tribe" would have special one-on-one time with their son or daughter at monthly meetings during the school year. Jerry approached me when my youngest of three children was in kindergarten and encouraged me to join the program with my daughter. Over the next 10 years, I thoroughly enjoyed Indian Guides with all three of my children. Lifetime memories of fun times were created for my children and me.
The Indian Guide year culminated with a weekend camping trip at Camp Foster on Lake Okoboji. Each tribe presented a skit on Saturday evening of the weekend. Jerry Patterson was always the hit when he recited, in full baseball attire, verbatim from memory the entire poem of "Casey at the Bat." How ironic. "Mighty Casey" struck out at the bottom of the ninth inning. Jerry Patterson did not strike out in furthering his passions of baseball and Indian Guides. Jerry Patterson hit a home run spearheading the Indian Guide/Princess program for so many years. Thank you Jerry!
Stephen G. Kersten