Patrick Louis Thomas, 36, of Ruston (La.), passed away on May 21, 2022, while surrounded by family and loved ones following a brief illness.
Patrick was born on July 15, 1985, to Robert (Bob) and Donna Thomas in Tallulah, Louisiana. Patrick graduated from Neville High School in 2004 where he lettered in baseball and football for the Tigers before going on to play collegiate baseball at Louisiana Tech University.
From an early age, Patrick was happiest when on the baseball field, specifically playing alongside his younger brother and best friend Drew. He grew up playing baseball for the Monroe Youth Baseball Association (MYBA) and was a standout for the Monroe Dixie Majors All-Star team that captured a world series title in 2002. He was an all-state performer at Neville High School before following in his dad’s footsteps by being recruited to play baseball at Louisiana Tech. In his time playing for the Diamond Dogs, Patrick played in 187 games over four seasons and earned All-Western Athletic Conference accolades as an outfielder.
Following graduation from Louisiana Tech and the conclusion of his playing career, Uncle “PT” continued to enjoy his love of the game through watching his nieces and nephew on the playing fields and remained a loyal fan of Louisiana Tech Baseball. After living in Houston, Texas, for several years with his career in the oil and gas industry, he recently moved back to north Louisiana to be closer to family.
Patrick was preceded in death by paternal grandparents C.L. (Jim) and Mary (Dee Dee) Thomas of Delhi, La., and maternal grandfather D.L. (Pat) Bullard of Tallulah, La.
Patrick is survived by his parents, Bob and Donna Thomas of Ruston, three siblings, sister Kathryn Reppond of Monroe and her husband Mitch and their four children, Gracyn, Kennedy, Carlyle and Thomas, brother Drew Thomas of Ruston and sister Anna Claire Thomas of Starkville, Mississippi. Patrick is also survived by his maternal grandmother, Elizabeth (Libby) Bullard of Tallulah, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and dear friends.
The family will honor Patrick’s memory by holding an informal celebration of life for friends and family at 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 26, at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park in Ruston.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Patrick can be made to the Louisiana Tech Baseball program online (latechalumni.org/baseball) or mail to LTAC c/o Baseball (PO Box 1190, Ruston, LA 71273).
Online condolences may be extended to the family at www.kilpatrickfuneralhomes.com.
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