“We are saddened to inform everyone that our beloved husband and father, Pat Bowlen, passed on to the next chapter of his life late Thursday night peacefully at home surrounded by family,” the family wrote in a statement. “His soul will live on through the Broncos, the city of Denver and all of our fans. Our family wishes to express its sincere gratitude for the outpouring of support we have received in recent years. Heaven got a little bit more orange and blue tonight.
Pat Bowlen had a competitive spirit with a great sense of humor. As fun-loving as he was, he always wanted us to understand the big picture. We will forever remember his kindness and humility.
“More important than being an incredible owner, Pat Bowlen was an incredible human being.”
Over the course of 35 years as the Broncos’ owner, Bowlen’s franchise enjoyed 21 winning seasons, seven Super Bowl appearances, and three titles. Bowlen, who was elected to the Hall of Fame this year, leaves behind a legacy as one of the league’s most influential owners of all time.
Towards the end of his life, Bowlen’s battle with Alzheimer’s forced him to step away from his daily duties running the team. Now, the battle to choose a successor is expected to heat up, with Brittany Bowlen believed to be the favorite of the Pat Bowlen Trust.