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HOLST JONATHAN EDWARD HOLST Jon Holst, 35, of Bristow, Virginia was called home by his Lord and Savior suddenly and unexpectedly on August 6, 2014. He was an exceptional man who will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him. Jon was a Christian man who absolutely cherished his roles in life as a husband, father, son, brother, grandson, uncle, neighbor or friend. He was born in Honolulu Hawaii and, being part of a U.S. Navy family, had the opportunity to move frequently and attended schools in three states. He attended West Springfield High School from 1993-1995, and graduated from Coronado High School in San Diego, CA. Jon consistently distinguished himself as a gifted student-athlete who excelled in, and was Captain of, his basketball and baseball teams in Coronado. Upon graduation, he was presented the most outstanding scholar athlete award. Jon was a proud Hokie alumni graduating from Virginia Tech with a degree in Marketing in 2001. Jon applied his knowledge in several organizations where he was employed, the last one being Dimension Data Systems in Reston, VA. He earned a sterling reputation as an honest, straight forward, and ethical professional who consistently achieved unsurpassed results in sales and as well as client confidence and satisfaction. While in Blacksburg he not only forged lifetime relationships but also met his soulmate and love of his life, Lauren. Jon, and Lauren Powell of Blacksburg, Virginia were married in 2003, have three beautiful children and forged a partnership and bond that many couples can only hope to attain in a lifetime. Jon was a doting husband and an unabashedly proud father of his three children. He was their soccer and baseball coach, and an active member of their church. Jon's life evolved around God and his family. Jon was blessed to have a network of true friends in addition to his supportive immediate and extended families. He was an extraordinarily intelligent man who made a difference, was just fun to be around, and served humanity through God. On August 11, 2014, hundreds of people celebrated Jon's life at the Greenwich Presbyterian Church in Nokesville, Virginia. Jon is survived by his loving wife, Lauren Powell Holst, three children, Avery, Edie, and Graham; his parents Captain, US Navy (Retired) and Mrs. Gary Holst; his sister, Leigh, and her husband Matt Rydell and son Jackson; his paternal grandmother Marion Holst; his mother and father-in-law, Mike and Vicki Powell; his brothers-in-law, Josh and Braden Powell; and his grandmother-in-law Dorothy Richardson. His maternal grandparents and his paternal grandfather preceded Jon in death. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donating to a memorial fund established to help provide for Jon's family at "Holst Family Fund" http://www.gofundme.com/cq9p3g
Published in The Washington Post on Aug. 18, 2014