Friends and community members mourn the loss of Sanger City Council member who died Friday evening following a two-vehicle crash in Young County, two and a half miles east of Graham.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety, Robert “Rusty” Patton was heading east on U.S. Highway 380 in his 2008 Chevrolet pickup when he crashed into an eastbound 2006 Dodge pickup from behind as the Dodge slowed to make a left turn at around 1:31 p.m.

Patton, 66, was transported to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth with serious injuries. He was pronounced dead later that night at 7:45 p.m.

The driver of the Dodge was uninjured but a passenger in that truck was treated for injuries and released.

It is undetermined if speed was a factor in the accident.

Sanger Mayor Thomas Muir requested all city flags to be flown at half staff to honor Patton who was serving his fourth term on the City Council.

Patton was a retired teacher and Navy veteran. He served as a consultant in career and technology education. He graduated of what was then North Texas State University in 1974.

Patton, a lifelong resident of Sanger, spent several years on the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Sanger Alumni Association Board. He was active in the Lions Club and routinely volunteered to serve the community in any way he could.

Coker Funeral Home is handling funeral arrangements, and messages for the family may be left at www.cokerfuneralhome.com.