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Dennis Richard Holman U.S. Veteran

April 16, 1939 - October 20, 2012


Dennis Richard Holman, of Spokane, Wash., passed away Oct. 20, 2012, in Spokane.
He was born April 16, 1939, in Sacramento, Calif., to Richard and Yvonne Holman. He grew up in Pasadena, Calif., and attended Pasadena High School, graduating in 1958.
Dennis attended college at the University of Arizona and received a Bachelor of Science in economics with a minor in geology in 1962.
After college he entered the U.S. Navy O.C.S. in Newport, R.I., but was honorably discharged a short time later due to family medical reasons.
Dennis married Carol Ann Schaefer on April 30, 1965, and together they had two children, a son and daughter. In 1975 after leaving a position with J.P. Stevens Textile Co. in Los Angeles, Calif., his love of the Pacific Northwest brought Dennis and his family to Port Angeles, Wash., where he worked in real estate and banking on the Olympic Peninsula for more than 30 years.
Dennis was passionate about nature, belonging to the Audubon Society, and his love of geology led him to the world of gold and silver mining. After retiring from real estate in 2007, he moved to Spokane, Wash., and began working with the developmentally disabled through various organizations and was on the board of directors at CenterPointe. He was very active in volunteering with the Special Olympics, Hoopfest, the Lilac Parade and Bloomsday.
Dennis is survived by his son, Kevin B. Holman, and family Jill, Blair, Brooklyn and Brynne, of Hood River, Ore., and daughter, Leslie D. (Holman) DePue, and family Jared, Aidan and Gavin, of Spokane, Wash.