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David Holmstrom

March 3, 1939November 16, 2021

David Lambert Holmstrom, 82, of Houston, Texas, passed away on Tuesday, November 16, 2021.

David was born March 3, 1939 in Taylor, Texas, to Carl Lambert Holmstrom and Alice Marie (Johnson) Holmstrom, and lived his first 18 years on a farm in rural Williamson County. He graduated from Hutto High School in 1957 and continued on to receive a bachelor's degree from Texas Lutheran College (now University) in 1961. He married Frances “Bunny” Laurence of Pflugerville in December of 1958. The couple was married for 17 years and had three children: daughter Dana Ross (husband Derek Ross) of Llano, son Bruce Holmstrom (wife Peg Maupin) of Austin, and daughter Marla Stacey (husband James Stacey) of Austin.

David excelled in all sports and received a scholarship to play both basketball and baseball at Texas Lutheran College, where he earned all-conference honors and was a four-year starter in both sports. After college, David was drafted by the New York Yankees to play minor league baseball. He played two seasons in the minor leagues before beginning his teaching and coaching career at San Saba High school. After two years in San Saba, David and his family moved to Austin where he began coaching—first at Allan Junior High, then Porter Junior High, and finally for twelve years at Crockett High School as head baseball coach. In the summer of 1980, David married Patricia Olson of Kansas, with whom he moved to Houston and remained married for 34 years until her passing. While in Houston, David successfully sold cars, and later pianos, for many years.

Throughout his life, David was known for a quiet steadiness and a big easy smile that he shared readily with anyone he was with.

David is survived by his three children as well as by three grand-children: Amanda Terry (husband Mason) of Austin, Maggie Eklow (husband Jesper) of Sweden, Spencer Jackson of South Carolina; and one great-granddaughter: Georgia Rose Terry of Austin. He is also survived by his brother, Carroll Holmstrom (wife Karen) of Elgin, and his step-son Kirk Olson (partner Esmeralda) of Houston. David is preceded in death by his grandson, Dylan Ross of Fredericksburg (died 2011), his wife Patricia (died 2014), his brother Elgene “Buddy” Holmstrom of Austin (died 2018), and his step-daughter, Dana Olson of Houston (died 2020).

A memorial service will be held at Hutto Lutheran Church in Hutto, Texas at 1:00 pm on Saturday, November 20. A reception will follow in the fellowship hall. Please note that the church requires all attendees to wear masks while inside the building to help reduce the spread of coronavirus.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.CondraFuneralHome.com for the Holmstrom family.

Services

  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, November 20, 2021

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Bob Shaw

November 21, 2021

Coach Holmstrom was my baseball coach at Crockett High School in Austin in 1978 and 1979. Coach was a very gifted player in his younger years and he had a way of transferring his knowledge of the game to the young men he coached. I have many fond memories of our days at Crockett but one that stands out that I will never forget was Coach’s pickoff move he had to 1st base. We would end practice many days seeing who could try and steal 2nd base on him when he was on the mound. Many tried and most all were unsuccessful. Best move I’d ever seen.
May Coach Holmstrom RIP. He will forever be remembered as a kind man and a great teacher of the game of baseball.

Bob Shaw
CHS Class of 1979.

leroy haverlah

November 19, 2021

I was a classmate at Texas Lutheran with David, well respected by all in his class and admired in sports.
I bought a grand piano as a wedding gift for my Texas Lutheran wife which she put to good use in getting her master's at U. of Houston. I purchased it by mail from his company.
We knew brother Buddy as fellow members of Gethsemane Lutheran in Austin, another great family member.

Tom Wilson

November 19, 2021

I was lucky enough to play for Coach Holmstrom during his final two years of coaching (1979-80). His son, Bruce, was also in the team and we made an impressive run in the state playoffs. I can say without question, that every member of our baseball team respected Coach Holmstrom. We admired his knowledge of the game. We trusted his decisions. We were amazed at his calmness. He could defuse a bad situation with his smile and a simple shake of his head. We all learned life lessons from Coach Holmstrom.
It’s hard to get 18 headstrong teenagers to agree on anything. But on our team, our love for our Coach was unanimous! He made an impact on all of us and he will be missed. Rest In Peace, Coach Holmstrom!

John Matysek

November 19, 2021

My thoughts and prayers are with David's family members. I had the pleasure of knowing David for many years and working with him at Crockett High School. He was the head baseball coach and I was his assistant coach. Not only was he an excellent baseball coach, he contributed his talents to other sports. I admired his approach to life and a person that you could confide in and know you could count on his support. David made the difference in what ever he was involved in and loved the students that he coached and taught. He will be missed and we will remember him until we join him in Heaven. God Bless
John E. Matysek
Crockett High School

Eric S Johnson

November 19, 2021

David embodied all the best traits of his Holmstrom parents, brothers and family............kindness, humor, thoughtfulness, humility, love of church and family. I remember going to Seguin with Alice and Lambert for David's graduation from TLC ( was 12). It was exciting as David had just signed with the Yankees and they would be leaving for his first assignment right away. My dad and I tried to keep up with him those two years by reading the Sporting News every week (we'd buy it at Luhn&Johns Drugstore in Taylor) during the season. In those days they published minor league reports and stats every week. When Nancy and I lived in Greensboro in 1973-75 I visited the ball park just to see where David had played. Brother Kurt graduated from Hutto High in 1961 and took David's place as the Johnson multi-sport guy at TLC that fall. I miss David's stories about growing up with the Johnson clan, especially the ones about Grandma (Mary) and Grandpa (ES). He was a great storyteller. I wish Love and Comfort and Peace+ to all of the family.
Eric (aka Santa)

Mike Anderson

November 19, 2021

David was my high school baseball coach at Crockett high school. He kept the “Love of the Game” going for me to continue in baseball. Great family and may he rest in pease.
Mike Anderson (1971 Grad)

Bob Sanders

November 18, 2021

David was a class human. I enjoyed the Years
David and I Coached together. David had a wonderful family whom loved Him dearly.
May David Rest In Peace.
Hope the love of God gives comfort to His children and grandchildren
See You in heaven. Bob Sanders

Nancy Rydell Holubec

November 18, 2021

I haven’t seen David since we graduated from high school and we were in Hutto Lutheran Church at the same time. So sorry to learn of his passing. God bless him and his family. He was one of the good guys.

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