J.T. passed away peacefully with his wife of 44 years, Donna, at his side. He had received treatment for four months for a brain tumor. Raised in Bartlesville, OK, J.T. was the son of James L. Holt, Rancher and Sheriff of Washington Co. OK, and Martha Crawford Holt. He was predeceased by his parents and sister, Dr. Mary Dee Holt. J.T. is survived by his wife, Donna J. Holt and his daughter, Allison Holt Ambrogi (Stefano), granddaughter, Liana, 8 and grandson Oliver, 4, of London, England.
J.T. attended the University of Oklahoma and received his MBA from UCLA. He served in the Army as an instructor at Ft. Belvoir. After leaving the army, J.T. followed his adventurous spirit by travelling around the world. He began his professional career analyzing military problems. He worked for the Center for Naval Analysis, CACI and the Office of Management and Budget in the National Security Division. He worked for the U.S. Air Force Studies and Analysis Division. In 1994, he accepted a position in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, working in the Program of Analysis and Evaluation. He retired in 2004. He followed local politics and wrote letters on various topics to local elected leaders. He served for over 30 years on the board of the local home owners association. J.T. and his family enjoyed travel. They bought a home in Marbella, Spain in 1975. After their daughter moved to London, they made the city their second home. J.T. enjoyed building stone paths and walls in his garden. He researched a variety of subjects including family history, climate, DNA, and Earth history. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to Wikipedia or Montgomery Hospice, 1355 Piccard Drive, Suite 100, Rockville, MD 20850.
Funeral Service will be held at Collins Funeral Home, 500 University Boulevard West, Silver Spring, MD, on Monday, April 7, 2014 at 1 p.m.

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Francis J. Collins Funeral Home, Inc.
500 University Blvd. West Silver Spring, MD 20901

Published in The Washington Post from Apr. 4 to Apr. 6, 2014