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STEPHEN ALLEN HOLGORSEN
Stephen Allen Holgorsen, 74, of Pearland, TX, passed away on July 19, 2020 at home with family after a 6-year battle with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). Steve was born in Davenport, IA on April 18, 1946 to William and Margaret Holgorsen where his family was very active at First Presbyterian Church. He graduated from Davenport Central High School in 1964 and then attended Palmer College. Steve married Patricia Burlingame on October 9, 1967 and was a devoted husband for 53 years.
Steve would join the United States Army and was a proud veteran the remainder of his life. He worked for Snap-On Tools as a dealer and field manager, and then as the owner of a Napa Auto Parts store in Mt. Pleasant, IA where his family resided from 1976-1992. Steve enjoyed attending all activities of his three sons, Brett, Dana, and Nick, as he proudly supported each one in their collegiate sports endeavors. Steve and Pat would later move to Estes Park, CO where they would run a gift store and Steve worked as a custom home builder. They would later move to Morgantown, WV where Steve made many dear friends and was a constant presence around the West Virginia University Football program, rarely missing a practice or a game. His final move to Houston allowed him to have the same experience with the University of Houston football program as well as be closer to family.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother, brother Bill Holgorsen II, all of Davenport, IA, and his sister Margo Garnett of Medford, OR.
Steve cherished his family, especially his eight grandchildren. He is survived by his wife Pat; sons Brett & wife Lesley, Houston; Dana, Houston; Nick & wife Kelle, Charlotte, NC; brother Paul Holgorsen & wife Debbie, Estes Park, CO; 'Grandma' Betty Burlingame, Davenport, IA; grandchildren: Clayton, Garrett, Logan, McClayne and Karlyn of Houston; and Addyson, Kaden, and Alayna of Charlotte, NC.
A virtual memorial will be conducted at River Pointe Church in Missouri City, TX in the near future. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Steve's name to IPF Foundation, a non-profit organization supporting research of fibrosis. (www.ipffoundation.org).