Utah man uses obituary to confess indiscretions
From Associated Press
July 17, 2012 11:24 PM EDT
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A 59-year-old Utah man who wrote his own obituary
before he died last week used the opportunity to come clean.
Friends and family of Val Patterson learned Sunday that the man they thought
held a doctorate from the University of Utah received the degree thanks to a
paperwork mistake and that he never even graduated.
Patterson died from throat cancer on July 10. KSL-TV reports he wrote his own
death notice in the first person last fall.
The light-hearted obituary published in the Salt Lake Tribune
(http://bit.ly/NDqHRp ) also includes a confession to stealing a business' safe.
He wrote: "As it turns out, I AM the guy who stole the safe from the Motor View
Drive Inn back in June, 1971."
His widow, Mary Jane, told KSL-TV the confessions are true.
Information from: KSL-TV, http://www.ksl.com/