With the untimely passing of his wife, Michelle McNamara, in 2016, Patton found himself a single dad to Alice. He admitted how terribly hard it was to be a widower and raise his daughter alone writing: “I’ve missed forms for school. I’ve forgotten to stock the fridge with food she likes. I’ve run out of socks for her. I’ve run out of socks for me. It sucked and it was a hassle every time, but the world kept turning. I said, ‘Whoops, my bad,’ and fixed it and kept stumbling forward.” The good news is that Patton found true love again with actress Meredith Salenger and the three are now a happy family unit.