Clifford Eugene Pattison

clifford pattison

November 4, 1928 ~ January 1, 2021

Born in: Seminole, Oklahoma
Resided in: Pueblo, Colorado

Clifford Eugene Pattison
November 4, 1928-January 1, 2021
Clifford “Cliff” Eugene Pattison, beloved father and friend, completed his journey to heaven on January 1, 2021 at Memorial Central Hospital surrounded by his loving family. Cliff, born in the midst of the Great Depression near Seminole, Oklahoma to Flossie Mae (Copeland) and Walter Clifford Pattison, quickly learned through hardship the importance of home and family. Cliff’s beloved mother wanted him to pursue education in hopes that it would move him beyond the hard world of poverty of the Great Depression. At Hominy High School, he encountered a wonderful teacher, Mrs. Canada, who nurtured his talents and encouraged him to seek more education. Through her mentorship, he graduated with honors and received scholarships to attend Oklahoma A & M (OSU) in Stillwater, OK. There he received a degree in Speech/Drama education and distinguished himself in acting.
Cliff served in the Army during the Korean conflict and utilized his acting skills to entertain troops in Germany. He was honorably discharged from the Army as a Corporal and completed a Master Degree in Education from OSU. He, now, was prepared to share the gift of education and the arts.
Cliff had three lifelong loves. Those loves were his beloved wife and soul mate, Dorothy Lee (Serviss), whom he met while teaching in Guthrie, Oklahoma, his family and Theatre Arts Education. He nurtured his daughters’ love of theatre as they followed in his footsteps. He continued to hone his skills in theatre by studying with Paul Greene in London, England with San Diego State University. Together, he and Dorothy partnered in many endeavors to bring quality theatre education to every community in which they lived. Whether it was in a classroom in Bartlesville, OK for 37 years, founding a community theatre, Greenhorn Valley Players, in Rye, Colorado, an RV Park in Arizona, the stage in San Antonio, TX or the stage of the National Theatre Competition in Charleston, Cliff loved giving the gift of theatre to others. At age 92, Cliff leaves an amazing legacy that reaches beyond his family to all those he touched with the plays he wrote and directed. Yes, Cliff was a Renaissance man who reached and struggled for perfection in his life and the art he loved.
This day, he no longer struggles for perfection as he has found it in Paradise through His faith in Jesus. The secret to true life for Cliff was love for family, friends and, most importantly, His Lord, Jesus Christ. Cliff experienced the healing touch of God as he participated in services at Valley Community Church in Colorado City, CO utilizing his talents to read the Word of God for all to hear. Cliff was a son of God and that was what mattered the most to him.
Cliff leaves behind a legacy of love for God through a Methodist Church he helped to charter in Bartlesville, through his daughter Rev. Jean Howe and husband David of Birdsboro, Pennsylvania, daughter Lorna Grooms and husband David of Conifer, Colorado, granddaughter Lydia Hale and husband Nick of Sapulpa, Oklahoma, cousin Kenneth Pattison and wife Judy of Wewoka, Oklahoma and many more friends, family and students too numerous to mention. Cliff was pre-deceased by his wife, Dorothy.
Services will be held at Valley Community Church at 4253 Mercantile St. in Colorado City, CO 81019 on Thursday, January 7th, with a viewing at 12:30 PM followed by worship and praise at 1 PM. The family requests following social distancing and mask guidelines. Graveside services will follow the worship for family and close friends. Memorials may be made to Valley Community Church, PO Box 20407 Colorado City, CO 81019. Please, note Cliff Pattison Memorial.


Viewing: January 7, 2021 12:30 am - 1:00 pm

Valley Community Church
4253 Mercantile St.
Colorado City, CO 81019


Funeral Service: January 7, 2021 1:00 pm

Valley Community Church
4253 Mercantile St.
Colorado City, CO 81019


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  1. I am so sorry for your loss and so saddened by this news. Mr. Pattison was far and away the most important teacher I ever had in all of my public school education. His classes were the highlight of the every schedule, and the times I spent in so many of his productions were the best of times of all of my time in high school. Mr. Pattison gave me the encouragement and confidence to choose a career in the theatre. There is a straight line beginning in 1969 when Mr. P cast me a a juggler in The Madwoman of Chaillot, to studying acting in college, to moving to New York and a happy career in the theatre. I will be forever grateful to him, and keep him in my heart.

  2. Cliff was a great influence as he directed me in 2 plays as a student from 1967-68 at Sooner, and as a colleague when I taught at Central. He helped me become more comfortable speaking in front of people. He will be sorely missed. He was a beloved spirit in this world. Peace.

  3. Rest In Peace Mr. Pattison! I never had you as a teacher but I knew you loved what you did and I saw how you influenced others. You were a blessing to many.

  4. Mr. P was a favorite teacher at Sooner High School. He gave insights to presenting a speech beyond the baseline. He also directed many plays and brought out the best in each of the characters. He used his education, background, quick wit and professionalism to benefit everyone.
    I have thought of and referred to him many times since the Class of 1970 and as such he continues to teach through us.
    Please accept my condolences.

  5. Mr. Pattison was a great mentor to me. I was very active in theater at Sooner High School in Bartlesville, Oklahoma 1967-1970 and Cliff directed a number of plays I was in. I served in several positions in the Drama Club Mr. Pattison started at Sooner and I was elected President of the Drama Club in 1969-1970, my Senior year. God bless Cliff Pattison. The kids in Bartlesville were so fortunate to have him for so long.

  6. Mr. Pattison was a great influence in my life from my time in his classes at Sooner High in Bartlesville (1968-1970) and as a student teacher under him in 1974. His humor, talent and passion for teaching was a joy to experience. Rest in Peace.

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