April 6, 1941 – September 9, 2021
Don passed away peacefully with family by his side on Thursday, September 9, 2021, In Calgary, Alberta.
Donald George Holt was born in Biggar, Saskatchewan on April 6, 1941, to George and Alice Holt. He grew up helping his parents at Holt’s Service Station in Monarchvale, Saskatchewan with his three younger siblings.
As a young adult, Don trained to be a teacher and taught 9 years in Saskatchewan. After marrying his wife Linda, they moved to Cranbrook, British Columbia where they raised their two children, Gina, and Geoff.
Don taught another 28 years in Cranbrook before his retirement which he enjoyed for 22 years. In his retirement, he traveled and dedicated himself to the community through volunteer work. He loved his friends, pets, gardening, camping, with his highlight being his family time and playing with his grandchildren.
We would like to thank the Cranbrook Emergency Team as well as the Calgary Foothills Cardiac Surgical and ICU Teams.
Don is survived by his wife Linda Holt, daughter Gina (Kurt) Hartman and grandchildren Shelby and Quinton, son Geoff Holt (Kim Sparks), brother Allan (Pat) Holt, brother Ross (Denise) Holt, sister Lorraine (Rene) deMoissac, brother-in-law Charlie May, sister-in-law Donna (Zbyg) Staszczak, brother-in-law Jim (Loretta) Long and many nieces and nephews
He was predeceased by his parents Alice and George Holt, brother-in-law Bob (Joyce) Long, sister-in-law Beth May and niece Marlyss Long.
A service for Don will be taking place on September 18th, 2021 @ 2 pm. To be a part of the service via live stream, please go onto Don’s obituary page on McPhersons Funeral Service website and click the tab Live Streaming of Service to view.
Interment will be held with family at the Fort Steele Cemetery.
Donations can be made in Don’s name to the Cranbrook Past and Present Teachers’ Legacy Fund. https://www.vancouverfoundation.ca/give/donate/fund/community-foundations-kootenay-rockies-cranbrook-past-and-present-teachers-legacy
Arrangements entrusted to McPherson Funeral Services.
Condolences for the family can be offered at: www.mcphersonfh.com
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