We lost our beloved husband, father, brother, grandfather and great grandfather, DeVon L Holt, on January 31, 2021. DeVon was born December 11, 1930 in Torrey, Utah to Claude McClaine and Leona Pectol Holt, and grew up during the great depression. Although times were tough, he had a great childhood with cows, pigs, horses, dogs and a mischievous nature in life where none of the chickens or melons in town were safe. He gave us many stories of his happy life in Torrey. He was an avid hunter and fisherman everywhere in the area and spent some years logging on the Boulder Mountain.
He married Vionne Duke in 1951 and went into the Air Force with basic training in San Antonio and then was stationed in Washington during the Korean War. From there they made their home in Salt Lake, producing three exceptional children.
DeVon was an excellent mechanic but being Mr. Personality, he became successful as a salesman for Western Dental in their toughest states. He was later awarded the booming Las Vegas market where he lived for many years and finally retired there. Although he could have traveled the world, he could never find a place he loved more than Wayne County and most of the family vacations were back here exploring in the Jeep where he taught us so much about this land that he loved. He loved the deer hunt and knew the mountain intimately.
Some years ago, he was able to acquire the family homestead where he grew up and spent most of his summers building life in Torrey again after retirement. He fixed things and tended the gardens and went on frequent picnics with his bride. One of their favorite things was to sit under the porch in those wonderful thunderstorms and then go chasing the resulting floods.
After 49 years in Las Vegas he was finally able to move home, back to the red dirt full time for his final journey. He loved being back and was always willing to ride in any direction on a moment's notice, especially if there was lunch involved.
We will miss his smile, his stories, and silly ways. We will miss his unwavering love and support.
He is survived by his wife of 70 years; his sister, LeOla Miles, Bellingham, WA; two of his three children: Rick (Debbie) Holt, Torrey; Bonnie McGrew, Overton, NV; his three grandchildren: Trisha (Kyle) Preston, Colby (Kristy) Holt, Cody McGrew; and 5 great- grandchildren whom he has loved more than life itself.
Preceded in death by his son, Joel Holt; parents; three siblings: Marthella (Don) Dowding, Mack (Lorraine) Holt, Keith (Martha) Holt.
A hearty thank-you to Tri county services and especially Mary Hickman-Graham for making his life so much better here.
Graveside services and interment will be held Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. in the Torrey Cemetery with military honors by the Harold Brown American Legion Post #92 and Air Force Honor Guard. Family and friends closest to DeVon may call Friday evening, from 5:00-6:00 p.m. at the Magleby Mortuary in Richfield. Due to COVID-19, all attendees must wear a mask and adhere to social distancing guidelines. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at www.maglebymortuary.com