By Linda Kor
Last Friday, Winslow residents and co-workers gathered at a retirement party at the city offices to say their goodbyes to City Attorney Dale Patton as he retired after 25 years of service with the city.
Although Patton admits that he’ll miss the people of Winslow, he and his wife Carol have plans to leave the area and head south to the Valley to live closer to children and grandchildren.
The Pattons moved to Winslow in 1979, where Dale opened a private law practice. Over the years he has seen a lot of change take place in the community.
“Since I’ve been here, about 40 old dilapidated buildings have been torn down and a lot of things have come in. La Posada has really made a difference in the downtown and now we’re developing the Route 66 Plaza next to the Standin’ On The Corner park. It’s been great to see,” said Dale.
The city has many tourists who come to visit, but he believes it’s the residents who have made the community thrive. “The people here are very active in their community. I, myself, have been involved with church activities, Scouts and service projects. As my sons were growing up I’d take them out to Clear Creek for service projects, and they still talk about how much fun they had out there jumping off of the cliffs,” he recalled.
He has seen improvements come to Vargas Field, the T-ball field and the outdoor pool, allowing residents to come together and share a sense of pride in the redevelopment of their community. For Dale, this is what has made Winslow home for the past 25 years.
“It’s been great to be a part of this and it’s nice to know that we’ve been appreciated during the time we’ve been here in Winslow,” he said.
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By Linda Kor