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Obituary: Holmes, David Arthur

Age 89

HOLMES, David Arthur
(Age 88)

David Holmes passed away peacefully in Spokane, WA, on February 24, 2016.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Eileen on July 29, 2015.

David was born in Auburn, Washington on March 8, 1927 to Arthur and Myrtle Holmes.
David met his future wife Eileen while serving in the United States Air Force in England.

He also had served in the United States Merchant Marines during WWII.

David was a long time resident of Dallas, Oregon where he worked at Willamette Industries, retiring in 1989.
During their retirement years, David and Eileen wintered in Desert Hot Springs, California and greatly enjoyed the Almar Acres Retirement Community.

David was known in both communities as a runner.

He loved golf, and along with Eileen volunteered at numerous professional tournaments in the Palm Springs, CA area.

David loved to garden.

He had a passion for the outdoors and led numerous back packing trips with his grandchildren in the Wallowa Mountains of northeast Oregon, even climbing Eagle Cap at age 80!
David is survived by his children, Susan (Michael) Wentworth and Craig (Cathy) Holmes; grandchildren: Joshua Lehto, Robin Lehto, Nathan (Liz) Holmes, Christopher (Jenn) Holmes, Matthew Holmes and Kassette (Jared) Harris, as well as nine great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
A Graveside Service with Military Honors will be held for David at the family gravesite in Auburn, WA at Mountain View Cemetery on April 23, 2016.

On August 6, 2016 his grandchildren will climb Eagle Cap in David’s honor.

(He would have liked that).
David was a simple man, with a great faith, who loved his family and his community.

He had a wonderful smile and will be greatly missed and always remembered.

We love and miss you dad!

The family wishes to thank all the staff that helped take care of David over the past few months, especially those at Guardian Angel Homes.

To view David’s online memorial, please visit