Dec. 20, 1933 — Nov.25, 2012
A celebration of life will be observed on Saturday, Dec. 15, for long time Patterson resident Norman ‘Pete’ Criswell passed away at his home in Yerington, Nevada on Sunday morning Nov. 25, 2012. He was 78.
Mr. Criswell was born in Corning, Arkansas on Dec. 20, 1933, the son of Birdie and Bertha May (Duff) Criswell. The family moved to California in 1936, and settled on the Burt Houk ranch near Grayson. Mr. Criswell spent the majority of his working life doing what he loved, working for local farmers, starting at such a young age that wooden blocks had to be added to the tractor pedals to allow him to operate them. He tried other occupations such as working for Procter and Gamble, and operating the local 76 station during a period of the 1970s, but always returned to life on the farm and eventually retired after working for many years as foreman on the Bays Ranch.
Mr. Criswell enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping with family and friends. He was a man who loved to explore the road less traveled and spent many free hours driving the small back roads looking for the unexplored ghost towns, mining camps, or other forgotten relics from the early settlers of the West.
Mr. Criswell is survived by his mother, Bertha of Patterson; wife, Joan of Yerington, Nevada; children Rick, Steven, Paul, and Sonja; six grandchildren; and siblings Ila, William, and Ines.
The family will be hosting a celebration of his life on Saturday, Dec.15, 2012 at the Las Palmas Mobile Estates Club house, 250 E. Las Palmas Ave., Patterson from 1 to 4 pm. Please come and share your memories and stories with his family and friends.