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Shannon Gant HOLZ

1963 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Shannon Gant HOLZ Obituary
Age 54, passed away unexpectedly on March 4, 2018, at home in her sleep. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, March 16 at Dunn's Chapel, 2121 Grand Avenue, Des Moines. Visitation will immediately follow the service. Shannon was born June 14, 1963, in Clovis, New Mexico, to Gordy and Fran Holz. Both of her parents were Navy veterans and Gordy played professional football for the Denver Broncos and the New York Jets. After Gordy's NFL retirement in 1965, the family settled in the Twin Cities. Shannon graduated from Henry Sibley High School in 1981 and from St. Olaf College in 1985. After college, she moved to Des Moines to attend Drake University Law School. At Drake, she met and became close friends with Mike Marshall, a fellow student. After her law school graduation in 1988, Shannon served as a law clerk for the Iowa Court of Appeals and, more importantly, started dating her friend Mike. Shannon and Mike married in 1991 and made their home in greater Des Moines. Shannon worked diligently as a commercial real estate lawyer for the Principal Financial Group, Terrus Real Estate Group, and finally back at Principal, but she was most proud of raising three incredible, amazing children. Shannon made and stayed active with wonderful friends at every step of her life's journey. She had an amazing wit and cared deeply about all of her friends, old and new. She was also active in numerous charities, including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the Animal Rescue League of Iowa. Above all, Shannon was devoted to her family. She spoke with her parents every day until they passed away, and she continued that connection with her children as they grew into young adults. Her loyalty was unsurpassed. Mama Bear protected us all! She is survived by her husband, Mike; her children, Nate, Erin, and Paige; her brother, Mike Holz, his wife, Catherine, and his children, Noah, Lucas, and Grace Holz; and numerous beloved Holz and Marshall family members. Shannon was preceded in death by her parents, Gordy and Fran Holz. Memorial gifts may be made to the Animal Rescue League of Iowa.
Published in Pioneer Press on Mar. 11, 2018
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