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A. Donald Holden


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A. Donald Holden Obituary
A. Donald Holden, 84, of State College, passed away Thursday, April 26, 2018, at Juniper Village of Brookline. Born Aug. 10, 1933, in Greensburg, Don was the son of the late Alvin T. and Ida Mae (Stocker) Holden. On Aug. 13, 1955, Don married Joyce Burrell, who preceded Don in death. Don is survived by his three sons, Dale A. Holden, of Delmont, Barry L. Holden and wife Vanessa, of State College, and Todd A. Holden and wife, Lisa, of Port Matilda. Don was a devoted grandfather to his six grandchildren, Renee A. Holden, of Ford City; Olivia M. Holden, of Portland, Ore., Sara E. Holden, of Richmond, Va., Brett A. Holden, of Herndon, Va., Joseph B. Holden, of Port Matilda, and Anna M. Holden, of Port Matilda. Don was a graduate of the Greensburg High School class of 1951. In 1955, he graduated with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Penn State University. He was employed by Marsh and McLennan for more than 30 years in the area of fire safety. Don was an active member of his community in Delmont; he coached his sons' sports teams and had many lifelong friends in the area. After retirement, Don relocated to State College. Throughout his life, Don was an avid Penn State fan, attending all types of Penn State sporting events. He enjoyed being a Penn State Master Gardener during his retirement years. Don found pleasure in his beloved dog, Tasse, gardening outdoors and spending time with his family. The family would like to offer our special thanks to the staff at Juniper Village for their excellent care of both Don and his wife, Joyce, during their stays, as well as to Houck Home Care and Family Hospice and Palliative Care for taking such excellent care of Don these past few months.
A celebration of life gathering will be held at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, June 3, 2018, at the VAIA FUNERAL HOME, 463 Athena Drive, Delmont.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Centre County Master Gardener Program online at Giveto.psu.edu/CentreCountyMasterGardeners or by check payable to: Penn State University, Memo: Centre Master Gardener Endowment. Mail to:Tammy Connelly, Penn State University, 323 Ag Administration Building., University Park, PA 16802. Online condolences and signing of the guest book may be entered at www.kochfuneralhome.com.
Published in Greensburg Tribune Review on Apr. 29, 2018
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