Patricia Carol Colburn
Resident of Alameda
Patricia Carol Colburn, who we called Pat, passed away March 30, 2021 at her home in Alameda, Calif. Pat was born in Owensboro, KY on December 9, 1951 to Charles and Carol Colburn. She grew up in Kentucky among many siblings and cousins. Early on Pat showed a passion for art, theater, writing and other forms of expression and communication. After Owensboro High School, she attended Murray State University. Pat later developed her photography and journalism skills at The Army’s Defense Information School, Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana. She became a free-lance photographer and active with Valley Watch Evansville during its early formation and focus on the lower Ohio River Valley, particularly battling what was then known as “synfuel” plants. Her sense of adventure and her curiosity eventually brought her to the San Francisco Bay Area in the mid-1980’s, and then to Alameda.
Arriving with a wonderfully genuine and infectious smile along with a positive disposition, she continued to communicate and persuade. She was a member of the “Measure D” committee which sponsored the 1990 countywide charter amendment raising over 100 million dollars for recycling programs in Alameda County. She founded the Alameda Art Center to support local artists. Combining her passion for art with her desire to protect our shared environment, she created the Alameda Earth Day Art Show which promoted art made from found objects.
Pat was an energy consultant, green building advisor and green realtor. Often energetic and engaged in the present, she was likewise a wonderful, compassionate listener. She could also be found with a contagious smile on a local dance floor when Cajun or Zydeco music filled the air. Her infectious smile could even be seen when volunteering with Community Action for a Sustainable Alameda to “Trash Talk” at a local outdoor event.
Pat was preceded in death by her father, Charles Colburn, and her brother, Mark Colburn. She is survived by her mother, Carol Colburn; sisters, Linda Seagle and Sandy Adams; brothers, John Colburn and Jason Colburn; and her partner, Hank Reekers, who loved her dearly.