David G. Patlan

Patlan 12-2014David G. Patlan was born on February 22, 1928 in Galveston, TX and passed from this life on November 29, 2014.  He was the first born son of Gabriel and Maria Vasquez Patlan.

As a young man, he found employment with Lykes Bros. Steamship Co. and later earned his engineering licenses with the Merchant Marine Engineering school in Baltimore, MD.  He sailed many years in the capacity of both first and chief engineer.  He eventually retired in 1993.  During many of his voyages he was able to see much of the world which served as an education in itself.  Like so many other merchant mariners, he endured rough seas, hard times, and months away from home.  He also met and married his wife Hannah Elizabeth Denny (Joan) whom he brought from Liverpool, England back to the States.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Gabriel and Maria Patlan; four brothers, P.G. (Rollie), Daniel, Ruben and Tom; and sister Martha P. Suarez.

He is survived by his wife, Hannah, one daughter, Maureen Zermatten and husband James, and their daughter, Tiffany Hartdegen, and great grandson, Caden of the Dallas Metroplex area; 2 sons, Jerome and James who has 2 daughters Stacy Patlan and great grandson Landen James, and daughter Jaime Kincaid and great grandson Eli;  one brother, John and wife Ofelia of Houston; four sisters, Lydia Garcia of Portage, Michigan; Mary Ann Patlan of Texas City, TX; Irene Penland and husband Murry also of Texas City; and Trini Rea of Lamont, California.   He also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, cousins and numerous other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral services will be officiated by Michael Patlan at Crowder Funeral Home in Webster, TX located at 111 East Medical Center Blvd on Friday, 5 December at 2 p.m.


  1. I am so sorry for your loss. Please accept these words of condolence based on the Book of Job.
    Friends of our God, though they may pass away,
    will never be forsaken.
    All those asleep who in God’s mem’ry stay,
    from death he will awaken.
    Then we’ll come to see all that life can be paradise eternally.
    He will call; The dead will answer. They shall live at his command.
    For he will have a longing for the work of his own hand.
    So have faith, and do not wonder, For our God can make us stand.
    And we shall live forever, As the work of his own hand.
    Job 14:13-15

    • Thank you.

  2. Dear Aunt Joan and family,
    It’s been many years since we seen each other but the memories I have will last a very long time. I am sorry to have heard of Uncle David’s passing. It is my prayer that you will find comfort and peace in your memories and in the loving arms of God.
    My family and I send out deepest condolences.

    Cynthia “Bug” Suárez Hunkler
    Fort Wayne, Indiana

    Cynthia Hunkler
    • Thank you.

  3. Thinking of you, Dad. You always kicked ass…even mine. Love you.

  4. Hello, great grandfather!


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