Hospitality leader Earl Patton killed in Wednesday night’s storms
By Maria Saporta
Atlanta business and civic leader Earl Patton passed away in Wednesday night’s storm.
The sad news was distributed by the Rotary Club of Atlanta’s Linda Thomason Glass who sent the following email on Thursday:
Subject: EARL PATTON HAS GONE HOME TO WAIT ON US
“Earl was at his Lake house last night when the tornado came through, demolished his house, and took his life.”
Patton, a developer of Marriott Hotels in both Georgia and Florida, had been an active player in both Cobb County and in the Atlanta hospitality community.
He served as chairman of the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau. Patton also served as a board member and chairman of the hospitality committee for Super Bowl XXVIII.
Patton also was an Atlanta native and a proud Georgia Tech graduate.
Details about what happened have been hard to come by. Hopefully, I will be able to update this post as more information becomes available.
Meanwhile, I found a video of a December, 2008 interview with Patton as part of a Patton family legacy project.
The video says he was born on June 27, 1927, which meant he was 83 years old when he passed away. In the interview, Patton also speaks lovingly of his wife, Mary. The two were married in March, 1949, which means that they celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary last month.