Beloved Jacksonville D-Line drummer, co-founder dies after recent heart problems

Beloved Jacksonville D-Line drummer, co-founder dies after recent heart problems

The Jacksonville Jaguars Drumline community mourns the loss of one of its founding members, Michael Patterson, who passed away from a heart condition. Patterson, who had provided two decades of leadership as the co-director of the D-Line, was a respected figure not only within the Jaguars organization but also as a drummer at First Baptist Church.

In a heartfelt tribute, Patterson, aged 44, was honored with a poignant “Walk of Honor” procession through the corridors of Ascension St. Vincent’s Southside’s intensive care unit. This solemn march served to recognize Patterson’s generous decision to donate his organs, a selfless act that will positively impact the lives of others.

The Jacksonville Jaguars conveyed their sincere condolences for Patterson’s untimely passing, acknowledging the profound loss experienced by both the Drumline community and Patterson’s loved ones. Among those grieving is Patterson’s wife, Mylene, a registered nurse at Baptist Medical Center, whose quick actions had previously saved his life during a heart attack two years prior.

Throughout the week leading up to Patterson’s passing, Mylene shared updates on his condition, expressing both sorrow and a sense of solace in knowing that his organs would offer hope and healing to others in need. With gratitude and admiration, she reflected on the potential impact of Patterson’s organ donations, noting the ongoing testing process to determine compatibility with potential recipients.

Patterson’s contributions extended beyond his musical talents; he was known as a dear friend and brother in Christ to many, including News4JAX anchor Kent Justice, with whom he shared a bond through their service at a local church. Fondly remembered as not only a remarkable drummer but also a cherished member of the community, Patterson leaves behind a legacy of kindness and camaraderie.

As Patterson’s family, including his 18-year-old daughter Lilly and 12-year-old son Logan, grapples with this profound loss, an outpouring of support and sympathy from the community has been evident. In an effort to assist the family during this challenging time, a GoFundMe campaign has been initiated to provide financial support as they navigate the unexpected journey ahead. Amidst their grief, the Patterson family is uplifted by the collective prayers and well-wishes for peace and comfort during this difficult period of mourning.