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Saturday, August 25, 2012

NWA Capt. Stephen E. Holmes

~ IN MEMORY ~
NWA Capt. Stephen Holmes
May 21, 1940 ~ July 22, 2012
 
Stephen Earl Holmes born on May 21, 1940, passed away on July 22, 2012. He grew up in Yakima, Wash. and later attended University of Washington. His career began as a commercial pilot on October 2, 1967  for West Coast Airlines and through mergers and acquisitions, AirWest,  Hughes Air West, then Republic, and finally retiring from Northwest Airlines.
Captain Holmes is now with his wife Jan who died December 15, 2011.
 
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From: Ray Dahl  RNPA news Sent: Saturday, August 25, 2012 2:13 PM
Subject: Captain Stephen Earl Holmes
 
 
Holmes, Stephen Earl
Stephen Earl Holmes born on May 21, 1940, passed away on July 22, 2012. He grew up in Yakima, Wash. and later attended University of Washington. His career began as a commercial pilot on October 2, 1967  for West Coast Airlines and through mergers and acquisitions, AirWest,  Hughes Air West, then Republic, and finally retired from Northwest Airlines.
Steve spent many summers on Whidbey Island with his family as a youngster, and eventually moved here to live on Whidbey Island for more than 20 years. During this time he contributed much time and effort, giving back to the community he so enjoyed. He owned Toby’s Tavern in Coupeville for about 10 years and then moved on to become an active volunteer with the “Central Whidbey Lions Club”, “The Master Gardeners’ Club”, and the “Langley Soup Kitchen”. He loved cooking and createdspecial soups there, devoting many hours to help meet the mission of the soup kitchen.

Steve was always there to assist his deceased wife’s many projects with the Island County Beach Watchers Organization and support her through her battle with cancer for over 7 years. As a neighbor and friend to many, Steve could always be counted on to lend a helping hand whenever needed.

Steve also became a talented wood carver and caster of bronze masks; he also recently started guitar lessons and was working to master the guitar.

Steve is survived by his sons: Brad, Bret, and Todd and his beloved golden Lab, Chester. He was preceded in death by Jan in December of 2011. He also leaves behind numerous friends who will miss him greatly.

Services for Steve were held at his home, 1944 Fircrest Ave, Coupeville, WA 98239 on Sunday, August 19 from 2pm to 5pm with a potluck dinner. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Central Whidbey Lions Club or Island County Beach Watchers Organization.
 
Holmes, Jan Thursday, 15 Dec 2011
South Whidbey Record South Whidbey WA
Photo of Holmes, Jan
There are some who bring a light so great to the world that even after they have gone, the light remains. Jan Lea (Fridlund) Holmes was one such person. She had an incredible enthusiasm for life, a playful spirit and a deep-seated drive to never stop learning.

Born on Feb. 5, 1950 to Ester M. (Ness) and Clifford W. Fridlund, she grew up in North Dakota, Utah and Texas. Her family moved to Arizona where she attended college and where she was selected by Hughes Airwest to become a flight attendant. In that role, she once spent a week as part of a flight crew that ferried Elvis Presley to Las Vegas while his personal plane was grounded for repairs, an enterprise that she took delight in recounting.

Jan met and married Steve Holmes while they both worked for the airlines.

For 33 years they loved to travel together, play golf, enjoy the arts, work in their yard and gather with family and friends. Their family always included at least one beloved and overindulged yellow Labrador retriever. They owned Toby’s Tavern in Coupeville for 10 years and she had great fun interacting with the patrons there.

Jan was a gifted artist and belonged to Penn Cove Gallery. She loved to combine her passions for travel and painting. Her artwork portrayed the beauty she saw in France and Mexico in addition to that of Whidbey Island and the surrounding marine life.

Jan joined WSU/Island County Beach Watchers in 1990 and was so fascinated by her first glimpse of the ecology of the marine world that she returned to college to pursue her life-long interest in science and to earn a master’s degree in marine biology from Western Washington University.

She worked at the Port Townsend Marine Science Center and Shannon Point Marine Laboratories and took on a leadership role in Beach Watchers. As a Beach Watcher volunteer, she was instrumental in setting up beach monitoring and eelgrass study programs. She had a passion for studying and teaching about copepods, marine worms, seagrasses and other flora and fauna of the Salish Sea. For this work she was honored with Western Washington’s 2010 Cox Conserves Heroes Award. Jan was a past member of the Marine Resources Committee, was a founding member and board president of Periwinkle Press, and belonged to the Central Puget Sound Marine Mammal Stranding Network.

Jan passed away in her home on Dec. 15, 2011 after a lengthy battle with cancer.

She is survived by her loving husband Steve; stepsons Brad, Bret and Todd Holmes; her canine child Chester; brothers Mark Fridlund and Roger Burns; nieces Ria Kaelin and Stacy Loken; “nieceletts” Grey and Chalyce Kaelin; and many friends.

Jan’s remarkable charisma and energy will continue to inspire her family, friends and her extended community. The sparkle she added to everything she touched will be missed by all.

Her family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be directed to LEP-Beach Watchers, WEAN or to a scholarship fund being set up in Jan’s name at Whidbey Island Bank.
 

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