Lt. Col. Allen David Patton

LT. Col. Allen David Patton

August 11, 1967 – July 29, 2022

Lt Col Allen D. Patton passed away July 29, 2022, in a tragic traffic accident. He was born on August 11, 1967 in Morrilton, AR. He is survived by his wife, Kelley (Adams) Patton, his sisters Lynn Patton and Danielle (Joey) Caston, his brother Daniel, his nephew Josh, his niece Cindy (Jonathan) Price, many loved cousins, great nieces and nephews, other family members, and friends.

A celebration of life service will be held at St. Luke UMC at 1:00 on Thursday, August 4. Memorials are suggest to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation or St. Luke United Methodist Church.


Lt Col Allen D. Patton, a proud veteran of the Air Force, passed away July 29, 2022.

Allen was born August 11, 1967 and grew up in Morrilton, Arkansas. He attended the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, starting his military career as an ROTC cadet. It was at the university where he met his bride-to-be, Kelley Adams. He graduated and earned his commission in May of 1990.

After achieving his Navigator wings at Undergraduate Navigator Training in California, he began his flying career as a B-52 Electronic Warfare Officer at Griffiss AFB, NY. After several bad winters, he decided he wanted to be warm and chose to be stationed at Barksdale AFB, LA when Griffiss closed.

At Barksdale, in addition to flying on the B-52, Allen completed a master’s degree in Industrial and Organization Psychology from Louisiana Tech. He also was the Electronic Warfare Officer on the crew who set an Aviation World Record, setting a speed-over-distance record in a B-52, and won the General Curtis E. LeMay Award for “The Most Outstanding Bomber Aircrew in the Air Force.” While at Barksdale, Allen had to take a break from flying while he fought testicular cancer. Because he was unable to fly worldwide for a few years, he took an assignment as an Electronic Warfare Instructor at NAS Corry Station in Pensacola, FL. Allen and Kelley often referred to this as the “vacation assignment.”

When the school moved to Randolph AFB, TX, Allen moved with it. By this time, he was able to return to all flying duties. He instructed new Electronic Warfare Officers on the T-43. He was at Randolph for 5 years—the longest he stayed at any base. After Randolph he attended AFIT in Dayton, OH, where he received his second master’s degree in Business Administration/Management.

After AFIT, Allen reported to the United States Strategic Command at Offutt AFB, NE, in 2005, serving as Nuclear Strike Advisor to the Commander, US Strategic Command, and stood watch in the Global Operations Center.

He then transferred into the J7 Exercises and Training Directorate, serving as Branch Chief for Integrated Mission Training Branch and culminated as the Division Chief.  When he retired from the military in 2010, he was a Senior Navigator with over 2,000 hours in the T-43 and B-52 aircrafts.

After retiring from the military, Allen changed out of his flight suit and into civilian clothes and continued as a civilian employee in the J7 Exercises and Training Directorate as Senior Training Analyst. He left J7 for a short while to work as an Electronic Warfare Program Analyst in the J8 Advocacy Directorate where he worked to identify requirements and secure funding for critical USSTRACOM mission systems. He returned to J7 and continued as a Senior Training Analyst.

By his side for 33 years was his wife, Kelley. After meeting at the University of Arkansas, Kelley was with Allen through commissioning to retirement to civilian employment. Their relationship can be explained with one story: When a crew member announced his engagement, he told Kelley that all the guys teased him that he should run away and stay free, except Allen, who shook his hand and said getting married is the best thing you’ll ever do.

Allen is survived by his wife, Kelley Patton; sisters, Lynn Patton and Danielle (Joey) Caston; brother, Daniel; nephew, Josh Coggins; niece, Cindy (Jonathan) Price; uncle, Joe (Mary) Patton; mother-in-law, Betty Parsons Adams; brother-in-law, Donald Jason Adams; and a much-loved group of great nieces and nephews and cousins. He was proceeded in death by his mother, Pauletta Kleese; father, Richard Kleese; grandmother, Willie Mae Patton; aunts, Loretta Robin and Karen (Cindy) Patton; uncles, Sam and Wilburn Patton; nephew, Jarred Coggins.

Allen never took his blessed life for granted. He loved to travel, especially to Scotland, he loved enjoying a dram with his scotch-drinking friends. He loved working at J7 and the people he worked with. He loved his church and the support he felt from them. He loved riding his motorcycle, especially with his friends. He loved his family and his many friends. And he loved Kelley.

We will miss him very much.

37 Comments

  • Christian Durham Posted July 31, 2022 7:31 pm

    I will never forget my first time meeting Al after reporting to STRATCOM. Instantly I knew Al would become a good friend and he would do everything he could to help anyone in need. Over the next several years I learned so very much from him. After hearing of his passing, I thought of all the words I’d use to describe him: intelligent, humble, friendly, honest, caring, expert, loyal, and a leader are just some of the words that came to mind. I offer my sincere condolences to his wife and family. The world lost an amazing person, but Heaven gained a wonderful soul.
    Respectfully,
    Christian Durham

  • Cynthia (Cindy ) Prince Epperson Posted July 31, 2022 7:40 pm

    Allenwas a sweet friend in school of my .He was one of few people that got away with calling me my birth name Cynthia . He was kind to everyone he met and was one of the smartest in my class. God Bless and Hugs and prayers to the family.

  • Lance & Marla Emmens Posted July 31, 2022 7:42 pm

    Deepest condolences. Al was a great friend and mentor to myself and all who knew him. His kindness will be missed by everyone.

  • Chris & Patty Real Posted July 31, 2022 8:01 pm

    Deepest condolences. Al will be greatly missed by all.

  • David J. Eisenstein Posted July 31, 2022 8:16 pm

    Al was definately one of the good ones. Rest in Peace my friend.

  • Dave Wells Posted July 31, 2022 8:20 pm

    So sorry for your loss Kelley.

  • Lesa Thompson Posted August 1, 2022 2:33 am

    Allen was always a kind hearted man. The world has lost a special spirit with him❤️

  • Juan Vanegas Posted August 1, 2022 4:09 am

    Prayers for your family.

  • Pappy Dodd Posted August 1, 2022 6:39 am

    Al will be greatly missed as both rider and friend.

  • Vince Valenti Posted August 1, 2022 7:03 am

    To Al’s Family,
    May the grace of God sustain and strengthen you during this difficult time. Praying for you.

  • Mike Aitken Posted August 1, 2022 8:07 am

    My condolences Kelley, I will always treasure the adventures I had with Al going to Scotland and Chicago.

  • Victoria Patton Posted August 1, 2022 12:11 pm

    Fly high in peace cousin.I was 14 when we met and found out we were cousins and you said-well-that’s pretty cool.Sure hoped we’d see each other again at a reunion perhaps.But God’s got a bigger one one planned in his own time.RIP.

  • Jim Griggs Posted August 1, 2022 1:08 pm

    Condolences from the Griggs Family to the Patton family. Al will be sorely missed by all!

  • Monique Huston Posted August 1, 2022 1:19 pm

    I’ll miss Al’s sweet smile, gift for gab (LOL), and boundless, but subtle energy. Such a truly lovable, humble, sharp guy who will be deeply missed by his family and friends. Love you Kelley and here for you.

  • Jeff Price Posted August 1, 2022 3:23 pm

    Too young and too soon. Solid man and aviator.

  • Cynthia L Mathias Posted August 1, 2022 4:52 pm

    My heart broke this morning when I heard from you Kelly.. Nothing can compare to the loss sof your best friend and husband. Just imagine how much fun he is having with Dailey, Cosette and Lucy!!!!! I have no doubt they were glad to see him!!!!! Prayers for you my friend.

  • Jim Moore Posted August 1, 2022 5:07 pm

    I have known Al for 16 years working for him during his active duty days and with him as a government civilian. He is one of most sincere and friendly people I have ever met and worked with. I will always remember Al in the highest regard. I extend my deepest condolences to Kelley and family. He will certainly be missed.

  • Mike Wenzl Posted August 1, 2022 6:29 pm

    Al was such a sweet man – always a smile on his face and something nice to say. He will be terribly missed.

  • Scott Tiell Posted August 1, 2022 8:39 pm

    My condolences Kelley. We had many great Sunday afternoon rides together over the years. Loved his friendly personality and easy going spirit. Will miss him terribly. Praying that God will comfort you and the family.

  • Greg Bowden Posted August 1, 2022 8:46 pm

    Having known Al for many years at USSTRATCOM, I can say that he was a wonderful and caring person who always had something nice to say. My deepest condolences to Al’s family for your loss. He will be deeply missed by those who were fortunate to have known and worked with him.

  • Dave Graef Posted August 2, 2022 7:24 am

    What a quiet and unassuming gentleman Al was. I remember him weill from my J7 days. My condolences to his family and friends.

  • J. R. Kleinschmidt Posted August 2, 2022 9:55 am

    I shed a Tear and a Prayer today.
    Rest in peace Al.

  • Mike and Mona Kissire Posted August 2, 2022 12:01 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss, Kelley. Allen was such a great person. We are thinking and praying for you.

  • Linda Adams Posted August 2, 2022 4:37 pm

    So sorry for the loss.

  • Linda Adams Posted August 2, 2022 4:38 pm

    He was a great guy and will be missed.

  • Melanie Englert Posted August 3, 2022 9:41 am

    Condolences Kelley, family and friends. Al was always the true professional at the office with a kind word to share. I looked forward to his chats, especially his travel updates or an educational piece on the finer qualities of scotch. I know he will be missed by the J7 family and the various offices supported during training vignettes, Al had a calm voice during the storms.

  • Elliot Fair Posted August 3, 2022 1:49 pm

    So sorry to hear about Al. He was a great friend and a great Branch Chief back in my J7 days. I affectionately called him “Single Malt” because of his love of Scotch. He was always a joy to be around and loved by all. Farewell my friend.

  • Pat McVay Posted August 3, 2022 3:07 pm

    With Al’s passing, we lost a great American , patriot and warrior ! He was always a voice of reason and calm in the day-to-day hustle and bustle of the J7 training world. We’ll miss his expertise and knowledge, but most of all his caring attitude and infectious smile. Condolences to Kelley and many prayers to his family and friends. He will be greatly missed!

  • Colleen Kontor Posted August 3, 2022 4:48 pm

    Can’t imagine coping with the untimely loss. This is when one says: “It’s in God’s hands.”

  • Cathy Walls-Martinez Posted August 4, 2022 5:59 am

    Praying for peace that passes all understanding and sending love and prayers for you and your family during the loss of your husband.

  • Joe and Kim Babb Posted August 4, 2022 8:02 am

    We both had the pleasure of working with Al over the past few years. Al was very generous with his job knowledge and the treats that Kelley would send in for us. We are sending prayers and love your way Kelley. Al is missed.

  • Lisa Snow Posted August 4, 2022 8:26 am

    Al was one of the most genuine people I have ever met. He was humble, kind, knowledgeable and a friend to all. Words cant describe how much he will be missed in the J7. I thank God for the time he shared Al with us and my deepest condolences to Kelly and the rest of the family during this time of loss.

  • Cesidio Barberis Posted August 4, 2022 8:47 am

    Working with Al at Randolph, standing the EW school back up, I got to know a young man who never shied away from a little extra work to make something a little better, or someone feel a little better. He was great at both. I hope he drew some encouragement from our conversations then and since; I know I did. There are plenty of serving and retired folks, particularly his students, who know that too.

  • Rob Moore Posted August 4, 2022 9:32 am

    Al was truly a genuine person. He left the same impression onto everyone he met. Whether you were a classmate or a coworker, Al was the one who made you smile and impressed you when he maintained steady composure under pressure. His knowledge and patience made him a great colleague, educator, mentor and friend. He will truly be missed but never forgotten. The Moore family would like to pass our condolences to Mrs. Patton and the family.

  • Jimmy Henson Sr Posted August 4, 2022 3:01 pm

    Words are never enough in times like this. Place your Faith in God and it will help Heal your heart. Al and I grew up together and were Best Friends through Jr and High School. As we live next to one another, we were together daily. My mom called him her adopted son.

  • Tucker Family Posted August 5, 2022 8:38 am

    Our deepest feelings of sympathy. We are praying for you all. Free yourself to communicate what you need to closest friends and family during this overwhelming season of grief. Close friends help in amazing ways. We know from experience!

  • Cliff Morgan Posted August 5, 2022 5:35 pm

    There aren’t many that approach Al in levels of professional expertise and courtesy. A great mind in a great guy. He will be terribly missed and I send my most heartfelt condolences to the family of this great man.

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