Donald Loren Holton Sr.

Dec. 3, 1925 Nov. 5, 2005.

Olathe, Colorado

OLATHE Donald Loren Holton Sr. of Olathe, Colo., died Nov. 5, 2005, when God called him home. He died at the Veterans Hospital Nursing Home in Grand Junction, Colo., after a stroke and a battle with lung cancer.

He was born to Hazel Lois (Lucas) and Shelby Cecil Holton on Dec. 3, 1925, in Longmont, Colo. He moved to the Delta area when he was 12 years old and made his home in this area for the rest of his years.

In 1943, Don joined the United States Navy. During his time in the Navy, he was a part of the Atom Bomb testing done at Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands. He traveled throughout the Pacific Arena and was stationed at USN Air Station Honolulu and USN Air Station Kaneole. His main ship was the USS Appalachian and he was also aboard the USS Skagit and the USS Union.

On Jan. 20, 1946, he married Kathleen Virginia Melick of Billings, Mont. in Delta, Colo.
Don was honorably discharged from the Navy in 1947 and he and his bride returned to Delta to work on the family farm and start a family of their own.

After many years of farming Don moved his family to Olathe where he had an Excavation and Irrigation Pipe business with his sons. Don sold many miles of irrigation pipe to the farmers of the Delta and Montrose Valleys. He was a definite pioneer in the irrigation of this beautiful farming community. During this time, he was also very active in getting the Olathe Lions Club started. He, as well as, many other hard working Lions was instrumental in starting the Easter Egg hunt that continues to give joy to lots of little ones every Easter. He was also active in the Elks and the VFW clubs.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years. He is also survived by five daughters and two sons: Beverly (Donald) Emery, of Oak Grove, Mo.; Donald JR (Paula) of Olathe, Colo.; Judy (Joseph) Waller, of Eckert, Colo.; Stephen (Laura) Holton, of Olathe, Colo.; Eileen (Benjamin) Golden of Tucson, Ariz.; Patricia (Daniel) Arellano, of Montrose, Colo.; and Kimberly (Darrin) VanderBerg of Greeley, Colo.
He is also survived by five brothers: Gordon, of Fruita, Colo.; Bud (Betty), of Whitewater, Colo.; Milo, John (Joan), and Kenneth (Libby), all of Delta, Colo. He has numerous nieces and nephews as well. Don was preceded in death by and his mother, father, a baby sister and a sister-in-law (Hazel).

Don was a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather and great-grandfather. He has 12 grandchildren, five step-grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and eight step- great grandchildren. These little ones were the absolute light of his life. He loved fishing, camping, the outdoors, sunrises and sunsets and most of all his family.

A celebration of Don's life will be held at the First Baptist Church, 1250 Pioneer Road, Delta, Colo. at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday Nov. 8, 2005. His family asks that all his friends join us. Anyone who has an interesting tale of your time or a tender memory of Don is invited to speak at this celebration.

He was loved by many and will be missed by all who knew him.