Legends Remember Jack Patera
Sam Adkins, Ron Howard, Norm Johnson and Jim Zorn weigh in on playing for Jack Patera, the very first Seahawks head coach, who passed away on October 31, 2018.
Jack Patera’s Obituary
Jack Patera passed away peacefully at home on October 31, 2018, surrounded by family, friends and his dogs. Jack was born on August 1, 1933 in Bismarck, North Dakota, to parents Frank and Dorothy Patera, the oldest of five children.
He spent memorable years as a young child in Bend, Oregon, before his parents moved to Portland, where he met his future wife Susan in high school. Jack went on to play football for the University of Oregon Ducks, where in 1982 he was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame. In 2000, he was inducted into the University of Oregon Athletics Hall of Fame. He and his high-school sweetheart Susan married and had four children: Mike, Mary, John and Beth.
He played football for the Baltimore Colts, Chicago Cardinals and Dallas Cowboys, before beginning his coaching career. As an assistant, he coached the famous “Fearsome Foursome” defensive line of the LA Rams and the Minnesota Vikings’ “Purple People Eaters.” Following a successful coaching career in Minnesota, Jack became the first head coach of the Seattle Seahawks. He was named NFL Coach of the Year in 1978, after having the best winning record for any third-year NFL expansion team.
Jack was a dedicated family man, and a man’s man. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved spending time fishing, locked in battle with a steelhead, or bird hunting with his beloved dogs. He was a wonderful story teller, and had an endless number of stories he shared with family and friends.
Jack is survived by Susan, his four children, nine grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. His gigantic spirit will be greatly missed.