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Robert Holland

August 31, 1933 — August 16, 2017

Robert Wayne Holland passed away peacefully in his sleep on August 16, 2017. He was born August 31, 1933 in Little Rock, Arkansas to Charley H. Holland and Lillian Violet Killian. Wayne was raised in Hot Springs, Arkansas by his mother and stepfather John Raymond Madison.  It has been said that you can take the boy out of the country but you can’t take the country out of the boy.  This was true of Wayne.  He was an Arkansas boy until the very end.

Wayne was athletic in his youth and competed in track and field, basketball, and fast pitch softball. His love for athletics continued throughout his life.  He served on sports committees for his children’s teams and even umpired softball for many years.

Wayne joined the military in 1951.  He served in the Navy during the Korean War.  Wayne met his eternal companion and sweetheart while serving in the military.  Robert Wayne Holland and Elizabeth Fay Haskell were married on June 24, 1955.  Wayne and Fay lived in California after being married.  They were blessed with two sons, Robert and John.  Wayne worked as a machinist for Schultz Tool, which later became Parker Hannifin.  At the age of 38, Wayne joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints in San Gabriel, California.

Wayne and Fay were sealed for time and all eternity in the Los Angeles Temple on July 29, 1978.  Wayne demonstrated inner strength throughout his life, especially when joining the church and making many lifestyle changes. He served the youth as a cub master and also as a Sunday school teacher.

In 1990, Wayne and Fay moved to Tacoma Washington after Wayne took an early retirement at age 57.  He decided to begin a second career and worked at a Junior High School for 9 years as a head custodian. He loved his work but mostly loved being with the youth.

Wayne was a self-taught mechanic, managed a gas station and even was the chief mechanic for an automobile race team at Ascot Raceway. Wayne lived a life of love and service to his friends, neighbors and family. It was not uncommon for him to have someone’s car in his garage for free repairs.  Wayne was interested in others and considered all to be his friend.

Wayne was an intelligent, kind and genuine person who gave of himself and his talents freely.  Wayne’s character was best exemplified by the selfless love, care and attention he gave his sweetheart all the days of his life. Wayne and Fay were blessed with 62 yrs. of love and marriage on this earth and were only separated by death for 1month and 5 days. They have been re-united and their story continues in the eternities.

Survived by his two children Robert (Carla) and John (Susan), Teri Ryan, 9 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, two nieces Brenda and Linda.  He was preceded in death by his father, stepfather, mother and sister Elsie Fay Wilcox and his eternal companion Fay on July 11, 2017.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 9th at 11:00 am at Brown Family Mortuary, 66 South 300 East Santaquin, Utah. There will be a viewing prior to the services from 9:30 to 10:45 am.  Interment to follow at Santaquin City cemetery.

The family would like to thank Jordon from Access Health, Richard and staff at Season’s of Santaquin and the many neighbors, friends and ward family for all their love, support and friendship over the years. Wayne is blessed to have so many wonderful people in his life. Thanks to Brown Family Mortuary for all their help.


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