J. Pat O’Connell
passed away Monday, June 24 at the age of 66.A prominent local businessman, Pat was a gifted and admired local athlete. While at Thomas Jefferson High School, he won the Thom McAn Award in 1964 and earned All State and All American distinctions in football. Later, while attending Southern Methodist University he played in the 1966 Cotton Bowl and 1969 Astro Bluebonnet Bowl. Known to many as simply “Big O”, he was a big man who achieved big things with the biggest of hearts.