Dee LaMar Holladay

Sandy, Utah

1937 - 2015


Sandy, Utah


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Dee LaMar Holladay "Gone Boating"Dee LaMar Holladay, respected river runner and owner of Holiday River Expeditions, passed on to find more rivers to run. Our beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, brother in-law and uncle passed away June 21, 2015 surrounded by his loving family. Dee was...

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Had the opportunity to visit the River Museum in Green River last year and it is a wonderful exhibit that I am sure would not exist is not for Dee. Went on a river trip just last week and Dee's name still comes up around the campfires. He is an Icon in the river communities and his name will live on for tears to come.
Hope Sue and family know they are in the thoughts of all that have had the pleasure of knowing them.

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. You set environmental standards for commercial river companies that were monumental. Thanks again giving me an opportunity to row for you. You were the best. Hagar

Just confirmed my upcoming trip with Holiday River Trips and learned of Dee's passing. We did 2 or 3 trips back in the 80s with both Dee and Sue aboard. What a great experience to have known them even briefly. They made my wife Barbara and me feel completely welcome and comfortable in the environment of the river - something we both remember to this day. (I won't even mention how Dee plucked me from the water after my "rubber duckie " was capsized in 2 inch waves).

Just found out about the passing of Dee today and wanted Sue and family to know I am thinking of them. I am a better person because if Dee's lessons in hard work, respect for the environment, and the love of rivers. Dee was more like a father figure than a boss to me. He was a special man who will be dearly missed. Hope he is drinking a Miller Highlife on the perfect river right now. Love and thoughts to Sue and her family.

Sue and sorry to hear about the passing of Dee. I'll never forget the day in the mid 70's that I met Dee right above skull rapid....and later met Sue at the take out in Cisco and asked them for a summer job that would change my life. The opportunities Dee and Sue have created for so many people are will always be remembered and always be a part of so many river stories....and the contributions to the preservation of the environment.

Words alone cannot express the respect and admiration I have for Dee .He's a ledgend and will be remembered and toasted on the the river for years. Like everyone Dee has also left an impression on me, not only for the respect of the rivers and wilderness but also on how we treat and respect life. Rest in Peace Dee. Via con Dios. Love you Sue

Dee was the finest person I've known. When he took me on as a trainee in my 40's , he changed my life. I learned about rivers and how to run them. This allowed me to continue to run them for many years. His wisdom and commitment to preserving the natural world and respect it all was a wonder to observe. We have lost a bright light. Sorry for your loss Sue.

The boys felt they were part of your family. Dee taught them to work hard, care for the environment, and to love rivers. What a gift. Love from all the Taylor's

Sue and Family, I wanted to express my sincere condolences for the loss of Dee. Losing this kind man will be a great loss to all who knew him. Sue, remember to take care of yourself and keep your family close. God bless you and your family.
Peggy Montague