By Press Release
Published Thursday, March 2, 2017 8:32 am
Kenneth James Holgate died Feb. 21, 2017, at his home in Cory. He was 79.
Mr. Holgate was born in Carbondale April 14, 1937, to Robert and Blanche (Whitbeck) Holgate.
He spent his childhood on the family ranch in Missouri Heights until they moved to Catherine Store in 1947. He excelled at football and basketball in high school and graduated from Carbondale Union High School in 1955.
The day after he graduated, he went to work for the Carbondale Lumberyard, the beginning of a lifelong career in the lumber business. He managed lumber yards in western Colorado, northern New Mexico and eastern Arizona. The bulk of his career was as a manager with AC Houston Lumber in Crested Butte, Gallup, N.M., and surrounding areas. He retired in 1999 as manager of Red Barn Lumber in Farmington, N.M.
In 1958, he married Rosilee Arbaney in Carbondale. They divorced in 1978; he never remarried.
Mr. Holgate was an outdoorsman who was a talented nature photographer. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and watching the Broncos.
He is survived by his children, Toni Holgate (Doug Coburn) of Paonia, Ivy (Darrel) Fife of Montrose and Ken (Suzanne) Holgate of Delta; two sisters, Nonie Hoffman of Carbondale and Janice Clark of Clifton; grandchildren, Christa (John) Coats of Hotchkiss, Ellie (Seth) Coonrod of Loveland, Cassidy (Mike) Lord of Athens, Ga., Zoey Fife of Tucson, Ariz., Callie Fife of Montrose, Haydn (Zach) Egeler of Colorado Springs, Raigan Holgate of Grand Junction, John Holgate of Delta, Ryann Fife of Montrose and Jody Holgate of Delta; and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Claude Holgate.
Cremation has taken place. An informal celebration of his life will be held in the spring as his family plans to spread his ashes on the Crystal River.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Volunteers of America PACE program in Eckert.