dedicated to the remarkable



Donald Patterson



Donald was a loving husband, caring father, and fun-loving grandfather. He cared deeply for his children, grandchildren, and dogs. Donald had a very caring spirit, going out of his way to care for others and animals. They had a glass window that hummingbirds would sometimes crash into. Donald would go outside and care for the dazed little birds until they were ready to fly off again. Caring was in his nature and it's something that has greatly blessed the lives of those around him.

-The Eterneva Team

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we have an exciting adventure ahead!

We'll share pictures, videos, and


of the process,




as we go.


the journey

and help



family keep


legacy alive.

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Feb 3, 2020

Donald's Journey to Becoming a Diamond

Donald's ashes are back at the Eterneva labs, and we are ready to begin the journey to becoming a diamond. Now, Donald's ashes will be put into a crucible that will go through a purification process.

When that is finished, his ashes will be carbon in the form of graphite. This is the material we will put in the diamond growth cell to grow his diamond. In your next update, you’ll get to see the graphite as we open the crucible for the first time. Stay tuned!

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Mar 19, 2020

The First Transformation

Don’s ashes have been purified and are now pure carbon in the form of graphite. The purified ashes are on their way to Germany where the best of the best memorial diamond growth scientists work. There, they will put the graphite into a growth cell and then into a machine that mimics the earth’s mantle in pressure and temperature. Soon, we’ll be sending an update of his rough diamond!

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May 29, 2020

In the Best Hands

Donald's rough diamond is beautiful! Now, the diamond will head to Antwerp, Belgium to be hand cut by master diamond cutters. Master diamond cutters spend decades perfecting their craft, and hand cut every single facet of the diamond (upward of 58). In fact, one of the world’s youngest master diamond cutters will be working on Donald's diamond. He is 56 years old.

Here is a photo of Donald's beautiful rough diamond!

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Jul 28, 2020

A Remarkable Diamond

Donald’s diamond has been cut, polished and engraved. It is absolutely perfect! The sparkle captures his spirit so well! This remarkable transformation and journey is almost complete. Next, the diamond will be ready for homecoming.

Here is the photo of the cut diamond -

Here is the photo of the engraving on the diamond below -

Keep Donald's Story Alive

When we lose a remarkable person, the most important thing we can do is keep talking about them!

The purpose of this page is to celebrate Donald. By recording stories about him, we allow future generations to get a sense of who he is (versus impersonal facts in an obituary).

Leave a comment below to share a positive memory you have about Donald, or a way he influenced your life! Condolences are kind, but please hold this space for positive stories & memories about him.