Philip L. Holt, age 83, of Bozeman, Montana passed away on Sept. 16, 2016 at his home in the presence of his family who loved and admired him.
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Phil was born and raised in Rutherford, New Jersey where he met Virginia, the love of his life. They graduated Rutherford High School as class lovebirds. Phil graduated from Rutgers University in 1954 with a degree in economics and married Virginia the very same week.
His professional career spanned many interesting phases, starting at Brooklyn Union Gas Company in the rate department, advancing to vice president in charge of oil and gas exploration with its subsidiary, Fuel Resources. Phil then started Philip L. Holt & Associates, providing consulting land agent services to the energy and communications industries. Later Phil was employed as a manager at Elizabethtown Water Company, and finally with the Iroquois Gas Transmission project, where he managed right of way acquisition.
After living and working in northwestern New Jersey, Philip and Virginia retired to Bozeman 21 years ago, where he established himself as a talented musician playing clarinet in the Bozeman Municipal Band and embarked on a rewarding volunteer career as docent at the Museum of the Rockies.
Phil is best known by all who met him as a trustworthy, honest and compassionate gentleman, and to his family as the ultimate loving husband and father.
Phil is survived by his loving wife, Virginia; his three children, Pamela Henley (Tom) of Bozeman, Gregory Holt (Tracy) of Bushkill, Pennsylvania, and Andrew Holt (Tia) of Cokesbury, New Jersey; and his sisters, Elizabeth Bancala and Judith Holt. He was predeceased by his brothers, Robert Holt and Richard Holt, and his sister, Alice Beatty.
In lieu of flowers or donations, it is Philip's wish that condolences simply be expressed in the form of an act of love and kindness within and for the benefit of your family, as that is what he will be most remembered for by his family.
An informal celebration of Phil's life will be held Tuesday, Sept. 20 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service for all who wish to attend.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. www.dokkennelson.com
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Sept. 18, 2016