Patrick Bernard Barten, 55, died on Tuesday December 1st 2020 of cardiac arrest. The report states that Patrick had an ‘enlarged heart’, which comes as no surprise to those who knew him.
Patrick was born November 18th, 1965 in Saint Mary’s Hospital in Minneapolis, MN. He was raised in Fridley, MN until second grade then spent the remainder of his childhood in Marshalltown, IA. As a child, Patrick was independent, humble and always thinking of others. Qualities that would resound throughout his life. Patrick was introduced to his future wife in 7th grade at a youth group event by a mutual friend.
In high school Patrick was wiser and more hardworking than most others. He quickly moved up to management of the Marshalltown Country Kitchen restaurant where he worked during high school. His classmates always knew that Patrick would be successful in business. Patrick was an adventurer. Just two weeks after graduation he explored the western United States on an incredible motorcycle trip of 6000 miles. Patrick also backpacked through Europe in 1987 and made international friends who later attended his wedding in Iowa and now also mourn his passing.
After graduating from Marshalltown High School, Patrick attended the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. He spent many afternoons reading quietly at the bar in Joe’s Place. His introspective nature and excellent listening ear, earned the trust and admiration of many who would become lifelong friends. After graduating from Iowa, Patrick began his lifelong career in construction services where he served the community he cherished so deeply. Patrick took such pride in sharing his finished projects with family and friends. You may be able to see him now, a hand in his pocket as he describes the artistry of his craft. He will be remembered for his incredible care and detail in everything he did.
He is survived by his six children: Kara, Abigail, Jakob, Noah, Joseph and Katherine and his wife Sarah Squiers Barten. Patrick was always most proud of his children, whom he loved profoundly. His love could be seen in the way he radiated while sharing stories about them. He always knew what to say and how to be present, and their loss will be felt for a lifetime. He is also survived by his ten loving siblings: Pam, Doug, Mary, Kathy, Bonnie, Tom, Paula, John, David, Maria and their families. Patrick was known for always being the first to reach out when a family member was in need, the first to share in celebration and the constant support for all who needed him.
In death he joins his parents Alvin Nicholas Barten and Jeanette Alvina Schwieters Barten, his sister Debra, and nephews Samuel and Leo.
An intimate family service will be held on Saturday, December 12th at 11am. A celebration of life will be held in the spring, please stay tuned for more information.
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An intimate family service will be held on Saturday, December 12th at 11am. A celebration of life will be held in the spring