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MARIN COUNTY'S NEWS MONTHLY - FREE PRESS
(415)868-1600 - (415)868-0502(fax) - P.O. Box 31, Bolinas, CA, 94924

July, 2004

PATRICK JOHN HOLLAND

November 11 1944-June 20, 2004

Patrick passed away after a short illness at Madrone Hospice House in Yreka.

Patrick, the son of Joseph and Catherine Holland, grew up in South Dakota where his father was a lawyer with the telephone company. After graduating from high school, Patrick moved to California. He lived in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco during the height of the sixties "flower power" revolution, and later moved to Marin County where he was based for the next twenty five years. He married Christine Ruth Steitz in 1993, and together they moved to Montague in 1999.

Patrick was a self-taught man of many talents and a creative force in any community he lived in. At various times he worked as a carpenter, a furniture maker, an investigative reporter, a community organizer, and in his last years as a sheep rancher and business owner. Patrick's talents also included poetry: he was a poet of some renown in the 70's and 80's with poems published in several journals, in an anthology of California poets, and a chapbook of his own poems titled Horses in November.

A musician as well, Patrick taught himself to play harmonica and concertina, studied folk harp with Cheryl Ann Fulton of Ensemble Alcatraz, and puttered with learning other instruments including Australian didgeridoo, Irish bagpipes, and pennywhistle. In the seventies he was the tablas (drum) player in a trio that played Indian music around the Bay Area and in New Mexico.

Patrick was a traveler all his life. He loved to backpack in the Sierra Mountains, where he often spent his summers as a young man. In his thirties, he traveled to Britain where he did a walking tour of the Lake District and Ireland. He loved to tell stories of the people and places he'd known in his rich and varied life.

Patrick had a gift for visualizing and then actualizing large projects. After raising sheep for a couple of years and making extensive improvements to his Montague ranch property, he became interested in creating a wool products business. Starting with just one customer, Shepherd's Dream of Montague, Patrick built Woolgatherer Ranch Sheep and Wool Products, LLC. The company makes high-quality wool batting used by several mattress and bedding manufacturers. Patrick bought wool from growers all over the northwest, personally visiting each one to ensure the quality of the wool and the standards of livestock care he wanted for his product. Patrick threw his heart and considerable energy into this new venture, and he was proud of the economic benefit it brought to the local community.

Patrick is survived by his wife Christine; his sister Mary Jane Baumgarten; and aunts, nephews, nieces, cousins and in-laws. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

 

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