- Category : Sports-Track-and-Field
- Type : PE
- Profile : 6/2 - Role Model / Hermit
- Definition : Split - Small (12)
- Incarnation Cross : LAX Dedication 2
American sprinter, nicknamed Pell Mell in the late 1940s, who won two gold medals at the 1948 Summer Olympics. He was ranked first in the world in the 100 m and 200 m events in 1947 and 1949.
After retiring from competition, Patton participated in several professional races in Australia. Then he worked as a teacher and athletics coach at Long Beach City College and Wichita State University before becoming an executive in the aerospace and electronics industries. Previously he served in the U.S. Navy as a seaman and aviator during World War II. In the 1970s Patton helped develop the national sports program in Saudi Arabia.
He was inducted into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1985, and died in Fallbrook, California on 9 May 2014 at age 89.