Senator Loyd Van Patten View All Years

Compiled Historical Information
Date of Death: 2/13/1986
Birth Place: New Virginia, IA
Party Affiliation: Republican
Assemblies Served:
Senate: 53 (1949) - 54 (1951)
Home County: Warren
Loyd Van Patten
Warren County


MR. PRESIDENT: Loyd H. Van Patten was born on a farm eight miles east of New Virginia, Iowa, on February 19, 1897. He died of cancer on February 13, 1986, at the age of 88.

Mr. Van Patten attended rural schools through eighth grade, high school at New Virginia and graduated from a two-year course in agriculture at Iowa State College in 1916.

He was married to the former Ethel M. Henry, who preceded him in death. Mr. Van Patten is survived by three children, sons Lynn and Duane and a daughter, Barbara Jean Weist. His other survivors include three grandchildren and four great-g rand children. Mr. Van Patten and his family moved from the farm to Indianola in 1937 where he resided the rest of his life.

Loyd Van Patten served as Dairy and Food Inspector for the Department of Agriculture from 1939-1942; Assistant Secretary-Treasurer for the Newton Production Credit Association from 1942-1947; Secretary-Treasurer of National Farm Loan Association from January 1947 to September, 1948. Mr. Van Patten also served the Secretary of Agriculture from 1951-1961. He was the State Senator from Warren and Clarke counties in the 53rd and 54th General Assemblies from 1949-1952. He was an unsuccessful candidate for Iowa Secretary of Agriculture in the 1962 Republican primary.

In addition to his public service, Mr. Van Patten was a World War I veteran, a member of the Lions Club, Izaak Walton League, a fifty-year member of the Warren Masonic Lodge No. 53, and American Legion Post No. 165. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Indianola.

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE OF THE SEVENTY-FIRST GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF IOWA: That in the passing of the Honorable Loyd H. Van Patten, the State has lost an honored citizen, a faithful and useful public servant and a special friend of Iowa agriculture, and that the Senate, by this resolution, expresses its appreciation of his service to the state and renders its sympathy and kindest regards to the members of his family.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That a copy of this resolution be spread upon the Journal of the Senate and that the Secretary of the Senate be instructed to forward an enrolled copy to the family of the deceased.