IN MEMORIAM: Full Obituary
ONEONTA – Martin R. Patton Sr., 89, who played semi-pro football before returning home to a career in restaurants and real estate, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on March 9, 2019.
Born Jan. 6, 1930, in Oneonta, the son of Martin Brown and Agnes Jenette (Hanes) Patten, he lost his dad in 1948 in a farming accident.
Marty worked for D&H Railroad the summer of 1948 and a bell hop at the Oneonta Hotel nights, graduating from Oneonta High School in 1949.
He started working as a salesman for Stringers selling Kaiser/Fraiser cars, and in 1950-51 worked nights at Lynn Coach, operating a 7A turret lathe. Following high school, he played semi pro football for several years.