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R. Kay Holmstead Obituary
R. Kay Holmstead passed away on January 29, 2014 at the age of 80. He was at peace and ready to leave this life, but his family will surely miss him. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Melly (Mary Louise Gillison), who rarely left his side during the last four difficult months of his life. He is also survived by their 5 children (Jeff, Diane, Julie, Laura and Janice) and 20 grandchildren, of whom he was very proud. Kay had a wonderful and interesting life that he scarcely could have imagined while growing up in a small Utah farming community. He was the first person in his family to attend college, supporting himself by shearing sheep, finishing cement, and managing a farm until he graduated from Brigham Young University (BYU) at the top of his class. He interrupted his university studies to serve for three years as a volunteer missionary for the Mormon Church in Central America and for the rest of his life looked for opportunities to speak with native Spanish-speakers wherever he could find them. He met the love of his life, Melly, at BYU. They were married in the Salt Lake Temple in 1959 and in 1962 moved to Boulder, Colorado, where they spent most of the last 51 years. He was a successful and respected businessman and real estate broker and investor, but family and church were always his top priorities. He attended an untold number of his kids' sporting events and concerts and was always a favorite of his children's friends. He spent his adult life as a leader in the Mormon Church. He was a Bishop (lay minister) for many years in Boulder, both for a family congregation and a congregation of young single adults associated with the University of Colorado. He also moved his family to Costa Rica for two years so he could serve as the President of the Costa Rica/Panama Mission, where he presided over and loved several hundred young missionaries. Everyone around him admired his work ethic and self-reliance. He was very handy and could fix and build almost anything. After he retired, his hobby was building furniture. Kay was a sports fan and his children have many fond memories of watching football and basketball games with him. He was known for his wisdom, integrity, practicality, intelligence and good humor. To the end of his life, family, friends, and neighbors constantly turned to him for advice on a wide variety of subjects and projects. A viewing will be held at the LDS Church at 4655 Table Mesa Drive on Friday, January 31, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. There will be another short viewing at 10:00 a.m. the following morning at the same location, followed by a funeral service at 11:00. Please sign the online guestbook at

Published in The Boulder Daily Camera from Jan. 31 to Feb. 1, 2014
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