FRANK HOLTON, 63, of Bodega Bay, in Petaluma CA on 12/20/12. Died instantly of a presumed heart attack at the wheel. Direct descendant of legendary Patrick Henry Holton, "The Lifesaver," Petaluma-San Francisco ferryboat captain for over 25 years. Beloved husband of Rose Halady, father of JayHawk Holton of Lafayette CO, Jake Halady and Xoie Angelica of Sonoma County, Mike McGee of Eugene OR, grandsons Nathan and Thomas Holton of Rosebud, AR, granddaughters Sarah Broussard, Greta and Eve Tautz, and Abigail McGee of Eugene. Also survived by siblings Rodger Holton of Petaluma, Betty Albertini of San Rafael, Barbara Thomas of Woodridge, VA, Glenn Holton of Kona, HI, and Donald Holton of Auburn, CA. Frank's early childhood in Tiburon was a waterfront idyll of fishing, rafting, and eating at the back door of Sam's Cafe where his mother was the chef. He attended Drake High School, and had great success with Mr. Jack McPhee and his weight lifting club in the sixties, traveling to many locations for competitions. Frank set a world weight-lifting record at an International competition in Los Angeles in 1966 which has never been bettered. His early adult life brought him from Fairfax to Olema to Bloomfield, included a partnership with poet Kayanne Pickens and the birth of son Jayhawk. He was a mechanic at Sock's garage in Valley Ford for several years, then the late 70's took him to the Russian River area where he met his wife, Rose Halady. Their daughter Xoie was born in Cazadero in 1983. In 1986, Frank earned his GED and then completed the auto mechanic course at Olympic College in Bremerton, WA. Returning to Sonoma County in 1989, Frank, Rose, Jake and Xoie moved to Bodega Bay, and the family continues to call it home. Frank was the sweetest and humblest of men, who was also a gifted mechanic. He filled a niche in the West County, helping other hard-working, underpaid folk keep their sorry vehicles up and running for whatever they could afford to pay or trade him. A friend of Bill W's for the past 13+ years, he gave his gentle ear to many, without judgment or ego. He credited the program with his own personal redemption. Our world is a different place without him. A MEMORIAL GATHERING WILL BE HELD SAT. JAN 5, IN OCCIDENTAL AT ST PHILIP'S PARISH HALL FROM NOON TO 3 A Frank Holton Memorial Fund has been set up at Exchange Bank, to help Rose and family get through this devastating time. Donations may be mailed to the Stony Point office, 499 Stony Point Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95401, or in person at any Exchange Bank.
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