Earl Gordon Holder
1939 - 2017
We celebrate the life of Earl Gordon Holder as a man of profound impact on all who knew him. After a long battle with Alzheimer’s and an aggressive brain tumor, Earl has peacefully transitioned from earthly life to life eternal.
Earl was born to Woodrow Wilson Holder and Zada Othella Cantrell Holder in Paden, Oklahoma. At a young age he and his family moved to Tehachapi, California where the foundation of his larger than life work ethic was born. As a young field worker, Earl learned the discipline of rising early to accomplish a days work that several years later contributed to his establishing a prominent crane and trucking company in Southern California. Established in 1969, Offshore Crane & Service Company (DBA: T & T Truck & Crane Service) has become a valued business entity in Ventura and Kern Counties. Earl’s life passion was building his business and having it stand out as a cut above in every regard.
Earl also enjoyed various hobbies throughout his life: golfing, fishing, gambling, horseback riding, bird watching, hunting, motor cycling, gardening, and touring the countryside just to name a few. He was a lover of nature and proudly boasted of living in “God’s Country”. In each of his areas of interest, he took the same larger-than-life approach and will be remembered for giving his all in all he did.
Earl is preceded in death by: parents Woodrow and Zada Holder, father and mother-in-law Bill and Cloeta Raley, wife Harriet Kay Holder (beloved bride of 48 years and mother of their four children), brother-in-law Winn Johnson and nephew Wynn Johnson and mother-in-law Mariana Giambo. He is survived by cherished wife of 6 years, Joanne Rubenstein Holder and family, brothers: Glen and family, Woodrow Jr. and family, Pete and family, and sister Mary Ann Holder Johnson and family, sister-in-law Joyce Tucker and family, brother-in-law Sam Tucker (Debbie) and family, and sons: Rodney, Timothy (Terri), Todd, and daughter Laurice (Dean), and grandchildren: Rodney, Kayla (Samuel), Christopher, Trevor, Travis, Blake (Lexi), Tanner, Alanna, Amanda, Cody, Dylan and great grandchildren: Trey, Elna, Rebekah, Selma, Anton, and many other beloved relatives.
Earl left an indelible imprint in every life he encountered. Whether he moved you with laughter or fueled you with fire, tagged you with an “Earlism”, got the better of you in a wager like “liars poker”, bloodied your knuckles in a friendly game of “spoons”, or paid you “double-or-nothing”, He will be greatly missed by all. He will be remembered forever as a profound presence, “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14).
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18 (ESV)
We would like to express our gratitude to all the staff of The Oak Cottage of Santa Barbara for the loving and gracious care they have given Earl, as well as all the staff of Assisted Hospice of Santa Barbara for tenderly journeying with Earl through his final days.
Viewing will be at Ted Mayr Funeral Home of Ventura - Saturday, June 24th from 2:00-5:00pm
Memorial Service will be at Ted Mayr Funeral Home of Ventura - Sunday, June 25th from 1:00-2:30pm
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to:
Cure Alzheimer's Fund
34 Washington St., Suite 200
Wellesley Hills, MA 02481
http://curealz.org / firstname.lastname@example.org
(100% of donation goes directly to research)
Arrangements are under the direction of the Ted Mayr Funeral Home, 3150 Loma Vista Road, Ventura. Condolences may be sent to TedMayrFuneralHome.com.