HOLLOWAY, J. Warren
Beloved father and grandfather, J. Warren Holloway, passed away peacefully on Oct. 9, 2012. Warren was a 37-year Sacramento Bee Reporter, a veteran of World War II, an owner of local family retail store, Holloway Travel Outfitters, and one of the founding fathers of the Sacramento Dixieland Jazz Jubilee.
Born in Seattle, Washington, Holloway grew up on Lake Washington across from his beloved alma mater, the University of Washington. He volunteered for the Army during W.W. II in March of 1942, after the attack on Pearl Harbor. With an aptitude for cryptography, the Army directed him to the Aleutian Islands in Alaska as a member of the Army Signal Corps. After serving three years in Alaska, Warren went back to Seattle to care for his mother.
In 1947, Warren was hired on by the McClatchy Company as a picture editor for the Sacramento Bee. After a short stint in the position he began his three-decade tenure as a crime reporter. Warren's desk was located at the old Sacramento Police Station at 6th and H streets, where he developed a long, trusting relationship with both the Sacramento Sheriff's Department and the Sacramento Police Department. Affectionately called "Scoop" by many officers, Warren was given an honorable Sheriff's Badge and numerous plaques of gratitude for his service upon his retirement in 1984.
In 1980, Holloway began his final years at the Sacramento Bee as a supervisor of the highly successful Sacramento Bee Secret Witness program. Not one to retire, Holloway and his wife Marion "Gussie" Holloway started the country's first travel store in 1978. The Holloway family continues to operate the retail store and web site 34 years later.
In addition to running a successful family business with his wife, Warren was an integral in starting up the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee in the early 1970's. Working in publicity, Holloway helped grow and maintain the Jubilee for decades. Additional volunteering included Warren's 30-year membership in Carmichael Kiwanis where he was a past president and of course, the news bulletin author for the organization.
Warren's interests throughout his life included visiting a cabin he constructed at Bucks Lake in Plumas County in 1964 where Holloway's ashes will be laid to rest. As owner of a travel supply store, Warren lived to see the world and traveled to every continent and to over 80 countries. Holloway's love of travel continued when he worked at his store six days a week and continued traveling to the age of 90.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Gussie. Survived by three children, Kristine Swanner (Rich), James Holloway (Genevieve), and Jon Holloway (Amy) and two grandchildren, Kylie and Emily Holloway.
Remembrances: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mercy Hospice Foundation at 9912 Business Park Drive, Suite 100, Sacramento, CA. 95827 and the El Camino High School Jazz Band (Attention Kevin Glazer - Jazz Band) at 4300 El Camino Avenue, Sacramento, CA. 95821.
Services will 1:00 p.m. Sunday at Lind Brothers Funeral Home at 4221 Manzanita Avenue Carmichael, CA.. 95608. Reception to follow at the Elks Lodge at 5631 Cypress Avenue in Carmichael.
Published in The Sacramento Bee on October 14, 2012