Game Warden's Funeral

News Release:

Funeral and visitation services for Game Warden Teyran "Ty" Patterson will take place in Seguin Sunday and Monday, with more than 1,000 people expected to attend. A benefit fund has also been set up at a Seguin bank for donations to support the Patterson family.

Visitation will take place from noon-7 p.m. Sunday, June 3 at the Crenshaw Funeral Home, 216 Bloomberg Street in Seguin, where Patterson was born and raised, and where his parents still live.

On Monday, June 4, visitation will take place from 10-to-10:45 a.m. at the Seguin-Guadalupe County Coliseum, 950 South Austin Street. The funeral will follow here at 11 a.m. and is expected to last approximately two hours.

After the funeral, pall bearers will carry the casket into a waiting hearse, which will proceed from the coliseum to Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park cemetery at 2951 South State Highway 46 between Seguin and New Braunfels, where final honors and interment services will take place.

At the cemetery, the Game Warden Honor Guard from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will do the final honors, including a 21-gun salute, bagpipes, and bugled Taps. Pilots with the TPWD Law Enforcement Division and Texas Department of Public Safety will also conduct a flyover in state aircraft.

Patterson and his partner, Game Warden Danny Tuggle, were attempting to recover the body of a suspected drowning victim where the Paluxy River crosses FM 205 in Somervell County when their boat capsized in floodwaters at about 8:10 a.m. Wednesday. Patterson was transported to Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth, where he died Wednesday morning. Tuggle, a 25-year veteran game warden, suffered near-drowning injuries, but was treated and released from the hospital in good condition at noon Thursday.

Patterson was the second Texas game warden killed in the line of duty in less than three months. Game Warden Justin Hurst was shot and killed on March 17 during an exchange of gunfire between law enforcement officers and a suspected poacher.

Since 1919, 17 Texas game wardens have lost their lives in the line of duty, five by drowning.

Patterson earned his Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from Texas State University, and was a graduate of the 51st Texas Game Warden Academy in 2005. He was stationed in Johnson County. He is survived by his parents, Viann and Joe Patterson of Seguin, Texas.

Anyone who wishes to make donations to support the Patterson family may send a personal check made out to Ty Patterson Benefit Fund, Wells Fargo Bank, 101 East Nolte, Seguin, TX 78155. Donation checks can also be sent made out to Operation Game Thief (OGT), with Ty Patterson Memorial Fund noted on the check, to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, 4200 Smith School Road, Austin, TX 78744. To make donations by credit card, call OGT at (512) 389-4381. All donations made through OGT will be forwarded to the family.