60th Anniversary: Gay and James 'Skip' Patterson
James “Skip” and Gay Patterson of Medford celebrated 60 years of marriage Wednesday, May 29. They held a small dinner party Saturday, June 1, at Rogue Valley Country Club with a few friends and their three sons and their wives.
The Pattersons were married in 1959 at First Methodist Church in Worland, Wyoming, where the two of them grew up.
After Skip graduated from high school in 1957, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve, and after his active duty in Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, he returned to Wyoming to attend college. He received an honorable discharge form the Army in 1965.
After Gay graduated from high school in 1959, they were married and began their adventure together. They moved to Casper, Wyoming, in 1961, where Skip began work for Standard Oil of Indiana, and Gay retired from being a bank teller to have their first of three sons.
In 1964 Skip began a career with Pacific Power in Casper that took them on 10 moves with the company in 34 years.
He retired from Pacific Power in Medford in 1998 as regional manager. After his retirement with Pacific Power, Skip began a consulting business, with Boise Cascade being his primary client. He retired for the second time in 2016.
In retirement they enjoy golf and following sports in high school and college. Gay enjoys bridge, and they love getting together with their family.
They have three sons, Jim Patterson (Valorie) of Salem; Steven Patterson (Mindy) of McMinnville; and Mike Patterson (Lori) of Lebanon. They also have eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.