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Patrick Holmes Obituary

Patrick Holmes, 36, of Mounds View, died in the Minneapolis bridge collapse on August 1, 2007.

Patrick Holmes starred as a pitcher at Winona State University in the early 1990s, leading the team deep into a national tournament and earning all-conference honors his senior year.

Later in life, he became a man who embraced fatherhood with open arms.

"I know it sounds obvious but he was a truly wonderful husband," said his wife, Jennifer Holmes. "He gave a lot to his kids. He adored his kids. His kids adored him."

Patrick and Jennifer were high school sweethearts. They'd been married 12 years. They both enjoyed the transition to parenthood.

Holmes' love of sports seemed to rub off on his children, and he enjoyed it. He took pride in coaching his 6-year-old son's baseball and soccer teams, his wife said. They also have a 4-year-old daughter.

Holmes' former baseball coach remembered him as a consummate team player - a hard worker and an overachiever.

Holmes was headed home from his job as an exercise therapist at Northwestern Health Science University in Bloomington when the Interstate 35W bridge collapsed. He and his wife had last spoken in the morning, a routine and unremarkable conversation.

"Normal stuff," Jennifer Holmes said, her voice breaking.

She was still in disbelief on Thursday night.

"I don't know. I can't really put it into words," she said. "It's just sadness and more than that I'm sad for my kids."

Copyright © 2007 The Associated Press

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