Lyle passed away peacefully November 1, 2012.
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Lionel Edwin Holbrook was an astounding man to his family and friends. He was born in a ranger station in Stites Idaho as was his brother Keith (who passed 9-30-12).
He was an avid hiker who loved to take his kids and grandchildren on all of his hikes. He loved hiking the Cascade Mountains, but his favorite was Mt. Sauk.
He served in the Navy during WW2 aboard the ship USS Mt. Vernon.
Lyle married the love of his life Delores (Foster) Holbrook Feb. 24th, 1950 and had 5 children.
Lyle started his construction company very early in their marriage with Delores by his side. He loved teaching his kids how to drive the heavy equipment, took them to job sites very early in their life and each has used that knowledge for future jobs. He took his family with him to many different areas every summer, including Alaska, Montana and Idaho, where the adventures still live in his family's memories.
Lyle was a collector of tools, if the hardware store had free coffee, then he was there buying. His motto was "you can never have enough tools".
He loved working with his hands. He was expert at carving spoons, making furniture, or just helping a friend with a project. If it was made of wood, he could build it!
He owned several houses for investments, where each and every renter was a friend, until you took advantage of his kind spirit.
Lyle was a very savvy business man and could be very serious to people he just met. They would always ask, "don't you ever smile?". But to those closest to him he had huge amounts of laughter, joy and a great compassion for his family. His laughter, when he was teasing his children and grandchildren, could make you forget why you were so mad, and then you would laugh with him. He absolutely loved his grandchildren and they where a source of great joy.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Delores, and his children, Floyd, Gary, Pamela, Michael & Shawn. Grandchildren: Mont, Darcy, Amber, Kendra, Justin, Audrey, Lacey and Chris (deceased); great-grandchildren: Vannessa, Chantelle, Logan, Josh. Ella, and Danika; great-great-grandchild: Nataly.
Thank you Bethany of Silver Lake, WA for your gentle, understanding care. You made his last years as safe and secure as possible.
Please give any donations to The Alzheimer's research. This is terrible disease that takes your mind while your body is healthy.
Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company from Nov. 11 to Nov. 12, 2012