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Patrick O'Connor

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Patrick Thomas O'Connor, age 57, formerly of New Hampton, Iowa died on Monday, Aug. 7, 2017. Pat was born on August 16, 1959, to Jim and Geri O’Connor of New Hampton. He graduated from New Hampton High School in 1977, and graduated from the University of Iowa in 1982 only because he wanted an extra year of college track eligibility. He loved track and field events and his mentors and coaches, especially Jerry Rochford of New Hampton and Les Stevens of Central Missouri State. While he was at Iowa, he dedicated himself to an athletic career as a shot putter and discus thrower and held the Big Ten indoor shot put record. After he graduated, Pat went on to coach track and field at colleges throughout the United States, including Florida State University, the University of Colorado in Boulder and Columbia University in New York City. He coached track in Taipei, Taiwan, for their national team and lived there for a year. In his later years, he worked as a foreman and superintendent for construction companies in the Kansas City area and as a property claims adjuster. He held degrees in kinesiology (MA) and construction management. His careers gave him the opportunity to travel, to live and work in 46 different states. He continued his love of track and field and prior to his death was the sixth ranked masters shot putter in the world in his age group. Pat will always be remembered as kind, funny and gregarious. He knew no strangers and loved his trips to New Hampton. Pat is survived by his wife Amy O'Connor and his children Katrina and Alec O'Connor of Kansas City, Mo.; brother Michael O'Connor (wife Victoria) and nephew Michael O'Connor of San Antonio. He was preceded in death by his mother, Jeri O'Connor (2001), his father James F. O'Connor (2012) and his maternal and paternal grandparents, Allie Hager and Chester and Lena O'Connor.

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  1. Luved lifting with Pat in his dad’s store basement on Main during the college years! He was a great guy and motivator to me. Also went to the state track meet with my bro Bruce a couple of times. RIP Turk :innocent:

  2. Thoughts and prayers to the O’Connor family! You will be remembered for your track and field accomplishments but also as a master golf ball hunter! RIP Turk…God Bless

  3. Turk was always one of my favorite people. We always had fun lifting weights because of him. I used to love going up to the store when he was supposedly working! My condolences to the O’Connor family.

  4. We have fond memories of Pat and the entire O’Connor family. We are so sorry for the loss. Our love and prayers to Pat’s family, and Mike and family.

  5. Turk was a ‘BIG’ senior when I was but a measly 5’4′ freshman but you would never know it. Didn’t matter who you were, he was always positive, outgoing, and nice, pretty much to everyone as far as I could tell. I remember going up to his dads store and ending up in the basement where the weights were stored and thinking, man that sure is a lot of weights!. My condolences to the O’Connor family.

  6. Though he was my bother-in-law for too short a time, I will always remember Pat fondly and love him immensely. One fond memory I have took place three weeks ago when he was here in San Antonio with Mike and me. I recall driving into our neighborhood and coming up behind him as he was jogging. I rolled my window down and yelled “hey handsome.” Startled he look my way, realized it was me, and gave me the biggest smile I’d ever seen. I still see him jogging each time I drive into our neighborhood, get teary but smile. I am grateful for the time he spent with us. Pat, we love you so much and miss you more each day.

  7. I knew Pat from the Masters Track and Filed Meets. He was always a gentleman to all. He was the best at throwing the disc and shot!

  8. I just learned of Pat’ s passing a couple days ago from a mutual friend. I am so sorry he is gone and for your grief. I was so glad to have had the chance to reaquaint with Pat through competition at Sho Me Games. We competed against each other while in college. And then in the late 80’s we both coached in the MIAA conference. He while at CMSU. MYSELF AT Lincoln U. I looked forward to seeing him again this year at SMS Games. We had communicated back and forth a few times before as we had in the past. Then I quit hearing from him. His presence reignited my competive spirit and brought back the enjoyment of throwing! Again I am so sorry for your loss. May God bless his soul and Comfort your grief. Sincerely…….Mike Riley……rileym@socket.net

  9. I think of Pat O’Connor often. We competed in Masters Track and Field, he was a great athlete and friend to all of us competing. RIP
    Tim from Nixa MO

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