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On September 2, 2012, Al left this world to rejoin the love of his life, his wife of 67 years, Lillian.
Alfred O. Holte
Al was born December 21, 1919, in Aneta, ND. He grew up on the family farm, and, during the Depression, learned to shoulder responsibility at an early age, which set the tone for how he lived his life.
He worked his way through the University of North Dakota, and in his senior year he met the woman of his dreams. Upon graduation in June l942, he was called up through the ROTC for duty. He and Lillian were married on September 12, and two weeks later he shipped out. He served his country for more than three years in the South Pacific, and was wounded in the Battle of Luzon.
After a lengthy recovery, Al went on to acquire his degree in law from the University of Washington. He and his partner, Jack Tuell, moved their families to Edmonds, WA and set up practice in l948.
Al served as Edmonds City Attorney through the l950's. In the 1960's, he served as attorney for the Edmonds School District, helped establish the Port District for the Port of Edmonds, and helped establish a hospital district which led to the creation of Stevens Hospital. In 1967, he was appointed to the Snohomish County Superior Court bench by Gov. Dan Evans, where he helped create Snohomish County Family Court. He retired from the bench in 1972 to take a position as president of Pioneer Federal Savings & Loan. He retired from the bank and took a position as CEO of the United Methodist Church Foundation. Never fully retiring, Al continued to serve on the boards of the United Methodist Foundation, Stevens Hospital, and the Lions Club of Whidbey Island, was a lifetime member of the Edmonds Lions Club and supporter and advocate for Edmonds Community College.
There was always room at the Holtes' table, and in their hearts, for one more and in 1958, Al and Lillian adopted their son, David from Korea. They went on to sponsor David's siblings and their families as part of the Holte household. They continued through the l990's to sponsor families displaced by war from Indonesia and Bosnia.
Al was preceded in death by his loving wife, Lillian; sister, Ida; brother, Duane; son, Steven; and grandson, Christopher.
He is survived by his sons, Scott (Turie), David (Angie), John(Barb) and Suk Chung (YonSil); daughters, Hee Sun (Sang Young), Hee Suk (James) and Hee Young (Young Jo); grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Al never had a bad word to say about others, never put off until tomorrow what he could do today and never turned away anyone who came to him for help. He lived a life of service to his family, his country, his profession, his church and his community. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
A memorial service will be take place at the Edmonds United Methodist Church, 828 Caspers Street, Edmonds on September 28, 2012 at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Edmonds United Methodist Church Endowment Fund, the University of North Dakota Endowment Fund or the University of Washington School of Law Foundation.
Published in The Herald (Everett) from Sept. 9 to Sept. 12, 2012