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Dwight Henry Lindholm


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Dwight Henry Lindholm Obituary
May 27, 1930 - September 4, 2017 Dwight Henry Lindholm passed away peacefully on Monday, September 4th, 2017 in Thousand Oaks, CA, at the age of 87. Dwight was born in Blackduck, Minnesota, on May 27th, 1930. The son of an ordained minister, Dwight's family was actively involved in the Presbyterian Church. His parents, Henry Nathaniel Lindholm (of Swedish descent) and Viola Endora Gummert (of German descent) moved Dwight and his brother Calvin to Red Lake Falls in 1935 residing there for most of Dwight's childhood. They moved again in 1945 to Duluth, Minnesota, where Dwight attended high school, participating on the debate team, basketball team and high school band. Dwight went on to college, where his passion for learning and drive for success earned him a BA degree in 1951 and a law degree in 1954 from the University of Minnesota. Dwight then served in the military at Foster Field in Victoria, Texas, as Captain, US Air Force Judge Advocate Corps prosecuting and defending in over 100 court-martials. Dwight was always intrigued with genealogy and different cultures so he did post-graduate work at the University of Americas in Mexico City, Mexico 1956-1957, carrying a fond love for Mexico with him throughout his life. In early 1958, Dwight's passion for adventure led him to leave his roots in Minnesota and move out West to Los Angeles, California, where he met and fell in love with his wife Loretta Catherine Brown (deceased 2014) at a Young Republicans Social. On August 29, 1958, their marriage was officiated by Dwight's father Henry at The Westwood Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles. Dwight and Loretta had five children: Douglas Dwight, Dionne Louise, Jeanne Marie, Philip Clayton, & Kathleen Anne. First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood was a central focus for Dwight & Loretta where they became members in 1958 and were actively involved throughout their 56 years of marriage. Dwight's huge passionate spirit for adventure and strong interest in culture, religion and politics, will forever be remembered by his five children: Douglas Dwight Lindholm, Dionne Louise Cooper, Jeanne Marie Deranja, Philip Clayton Lindholm, and Kathleen Ann Hennigh. His endearing love, genuine interest and ever-present enthusiasm will forever stay in the hearts of his grandchildren: Cora & Ida Lindholm; Randall & Chelsea Copper; Josephine, Loretta, Bozho & Dwight Deranja; Henry & Kelly Lindholm; and Hunter, Hudson & Heather Hennigh. In their early years of marriage, Dwight and Loretta were active in Republican Party politics holding both county and statewide offices while living at 330 S. Westmoreland Avenue. In 1972, they moved to 255 South Rossmore in Hancock Park where they lived for 25 years. That year Dwight and Loretta also bought a beach house at Silverstrand Beach, Channel Islands Harbor, where they resided as their primary home for the past 20+ years. June 16, 1982, Dwight and Loretta left on their 51 foot sailboat, The Golden Viking, for the South Pacific with their 5 children, then ages 13 through 22 years. 26 days at sea going down to French Polynesia and 40 days at sea returning July 15, 1983. From their 5000 square foot home on Rossmore in Hancock Park they went to 500 square feet on the boat. For 5 years leading up to June 1982, Dwight & Loretta with their 5 children planned and prepared for their great sailing adventure that left a lasting imprint and forever defined them as a family. Dwight and Loretta's adventures continued when they became empty nesters and travelled the world together. They visited almost every continent traveling to Dwight's ancestral homesteads in Sweden and Germany, the Holy Land, Road to Santiago, Galapagos, Pakistan, China, Viet Nam, just to name a few of the many places they explored together. Dwight had a long successful career practicing law: Individual Law Practices 1958-65; 1972-81; 1984-2013; Partner Lindholm & Johnson 1965-69; Partner Cotter, Lindholm & Johnson 1969-72; Of Counsel @ Bolton, Hemer & Dunn 1981-1984. Court Admissions included: Minnesota Supreme Court; Court of Military Appeals; California Supreme Court; US District Court; US Supreme Court. Bar Associates & Professional Activities included: "AV" rating Martindale-Hubble '69 to 2014; Los Angeles County Bar Association; California State Bar Association; Lawyers' Club of Los Angeles; Speakers Bureau '69-'72; Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity (President LA Alumni Assoc. '71-'72); State Chancellor '72-'73 (Organized new chapters at UCLA, Southwestern and Pepperdine Law Schools '70-'73) For over 50 years Dwight was actively involved in Downtown LA, Wilshire Center, Hancock Park, Westside and Southern California Community affairs including: Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce (Director '61-'62); Republican Party volunteering over 4,000 hours of effort in the '60s; Los Angeles County Republican Central Comm. '62-'66; California Republican State Central Comm. '62-'63; of the many campaigns, most notable Richard Nixon CA Governor Campaign '62; Ronald Reagan CA Governor Campaign '66 (Speakers Bureau); Wilshire Republican Club; Republican Associates; Hollywood Presbyterian Church (Deacon '62-'65; Elder '65-'75 & '88-'91); Family Service of Los Angeles - United Way Org. (Dir '64-'70; VP '68-'70); University of Minnesota Alumni Association (Treasurer '67); Wilshire YMCA (Dir. '76-'77); Wilshire Rotary Club of Los Angeles '72-2014 (Dir. '76-'78); International Genealogy Fellowship of Rotarians (Founding President '79-2014); Westlake School for Girls now Harvard Westlake High School (Trustee & Ch. Dev. Com '78-'81); Anacapa Yacht Club '79-'84); California State University at Northridge, Trust Fund Board of Directors ('89-'93); Chairman of the Endowment Committee ('91-'93); Chairman & CEO, Queen of Angels-Hollywood Presbyterian Foundation 1998-2000; Queen of Angels-Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center (now QueensCare) Board of Directors 1990-2002; QueensCare Corporate Secretary 1998-2002; Ex. Officio Lay Board Member of Medical Staff Executive Committee 1992-1999. Dwight always left a huge impression on anyone he met and would go out of his way to remember the details in conversation the next time he saw you. Dwight's keen wit, likability, intellect, adventurous spirit, religious commitment and charm are the qualities his children and grandchildren will forever cherish in their hearts. Friends and family are invited to attend the Service on Friday, September 15th, 2017, 2:30pm at Ivy Lawn Chapel, 5400 Valentine Road, Ventura, CA 93003. Followed by Reception at 3:30pm, Poinsettia Pavilion, Santa Paula Room, 3451 Foothill Road, Ventura, CA 93003. The family gratefully suggests any gifts in Dwight's memory be sent to the Red Cross for the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Go online to www.Redcross.org, or send check by mail to: American Red Cross, PO Box 37839, Boone, IA 50037-0839 and write "Hurricane Harvey/Irma relief efforts" on the check.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Sept. 13, 2017
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