KIM HOLDING
Kim C. Holding 1955 ~ 2009 Kim C. Holding (Kimbo), age 53, was born October 7, 1955 in Salt Lake City, UT to Elbert G, and Berniece C. Holding. Kim passed away September 30, 2009 at the George E. Wahlen Veteran's Hospital in Salt Lake City due to lingering illnesses associated with a spinal cord injury. Kim grew up and lived in Salt Lake's avenues area and made many life long friends. Kim served in the US Air Force. At the age of 23, Kim suffered a spinal cord injury which confined Kim to a wheelchair. Through the enormous challenges that Kim faced in the last 30 years, Kim found a way to overcome them with never a complaint. Kim took up archery and worked at his brother's archery lanes, Uinta Archery, and Salt Lake Archery. Through qualifying tournaments, Kim earned a position on the 1988 United States Men's Para Olympic Archery Team and participated in the Para Olympic games in Seoul, South Korea. Kim was honored to be named as a torch bearer for the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympics. For the last 18 years Kim was employed at Sportsman's Warehouse where he took great pride in his job and developed many friendships. We can all learn from Kim's examples. Kim was always full of surprises! Thanks Kim! Kim is survived by sisters Claudia Hess (Gene), Merrilee Clark (Rob), brothers Farrell (Judy), Brent (Reva), Blair (Pat), Marty (Louie), sister-in-law Karen, brother-in-law Mel Mitchell, and many nieces and nephews, and Kim's dog "Deeky Boy". Kim was preceded in death by his parents, sister Carolyn, brothers Randy, and Kirk. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 3, 2009, at 12 Noon in the Larkin Mortuary Chapel at 260 E. South Temple. A viewing will be held on Friday, October 2, 2009, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Larkin Mortuary and from 11:00 to 11:45 a.m. prior to the funeral services. Interment will be at the Salt Lake City Cemetery. Online condolences may be offered at www.larkincares.com Kim's family would like to thank the entire staff at the VA Hospitals in both Salt Lake City and Albuquerque, NM for their exceptional compassion, friendships and care offered to Kim for so many years and to the many associates and friends Kim developed through Sportsman's Warehouse. We would also like to thank Kim's close neighbors who kept an eye out and were always there to lend a hand. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Fisher House Utah, which provides temporary lodging for veteran's families of VA patients. Donations can be sent to: Fisher House Utah, MCL, PMB 1175, 1192 Draper Parkway, Draper, UT 84020-9095

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Published by Deseret News from Oct. 2 to Oct. 3, 2009.
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Dear Marty,
I have the greatest memories of Kimbo, "The Clown"! I have a bracelet he had given me off his arm (one of many he was wearing at the time), I will cherish it always! I've been wearing it since I heard the news. (Connie Barnett gave me the call). He was a beautiful person that brought so much light in to this world. I am blessed to have had his friendship. Loving memories always. Much love and comfort to you. Give his dog a big hug for me as his heart is there so that will be as close as I can get for now. Your long lost friend,
Sherri Perrenoud Lucke
Sherri Perrenoud Lucke
October 13, 2009
HAPPY BIRTHDAY KIMBO!

Love, Marty, Louie, Blake & Deeky Boy!
October 7, 2009
Dear Marty,

I am so sorry to hear of Kim's passing. My head has been in the 70's ever since I heard. What good times we had back then. Kim was never one to let anything get in his way and it sounds like he went on to accomplish some amazing things. I remember how shocked we all were when Kimbo and Gary Skinner came in and announced they'd just joined the Air Force! He was full of surprises...and often. May he be enjoying his reunion with loved ones and cruising in a Woody with Gary. I pray peace finds the heart of you and your family.
Love, Sandra Manwaring
Sandra Manwaring
October 6, 2009
Marty; What an extraordinary life your bro led. We had some damn good times back in the Backwash days. I have thought alot about you guys over the years. It was so cool when I saw him on the tube with his medal! He's one of those people that we all measure ourselves against; whenever I've thought I had it hard, I could reflect on something Kimbo did that amazed me.He was never short on amazing things. I'm thinking of you guys again and flashbacking on our band days. "Now he walks with Jerry."
Patrick Taylor
October 5, 2009
Claudia, Merilee, Farrell, Brent, Blair and Marty - I send my profound condolences to all of you. This is very sad news. Kim was such an amazing person who trod a difficult path with grace and courage. God bless you all and know you are in my heart.

Much love, Christine Clark Bork
Christine Bork
October 5, 2009
Dear Marty and family,
My deepest condolences to you for you great loss. Although it has been many years since I have spoken to or seen many of my old friends from the Avenues, I continue to have the fondest memories from those years of growing up together.
I am truly sorry for your loss of your beloved brother. In reading Kim's obituary, I find myself wishing I had remained in touch with him and his family. I was deeply touched by what a man of great courage and strength Kim was. He truly set an example for anyone who faces challenges.
Take care and know that my thoughts are with you in this time of sorrow and pain.
Janice (Skinner) Brzoticky
Janice Brzoticky
October 4, 2009
Marty,

So sorry to hear about the loss of Kim. Although Kim and I drifted apart many years ago he is still part of "the Avenues" and the memories I have of living there. It's hard to let someone go and I am truly sorry for your loss
Keith Emmer
October 3, 2009
It seems strannge that the person whom Iwent through Jr. High and High School with would one day be one of my patients! I worked with Kim on numerous in-patient visits. We were able to renew our friendship, and learn more about each other than we knew over all of our school years. I remember talking with him and how proud he was of his archery and his participation in the para olympics. My best to all his family.
Max Eskelson
October 3, 2009
To the Holding Family I am so sorry for your loss. Kimbo was a great person, I enjoyed working with him.
Marnie Lovin
October 3, 2009
I just wanted to say how much Kim added to my life.I have known KImbo for over thirtyfive years. He made me want to be a better person. I love him and always will. Connie Barnett
October 3, 2009
Marty, sorry to hear about Kim. I have known you guys forever. God Bless you during this time. Jeff Jex
October 2, 2009
Merrilee- So sorry to hear of Kim's passing. My heart goes out to you and all your siblings. I love your family, and I am proud to know the Holding clan. Have awesome memories of time spent with you from the old avenue days..You are good people and I know your parents are proud. Your in my thoughts and prayers.
Betsy Baker
October 2, 2009
Dear Marty Louie and Blake, I am sincerely sorry to hear of your loss. May God flood you with comfort and endurance during this time of release. Kim will live on forever in our hearts. I will cherish every memory that I was so blessed to have with him. I LOVE YOU ALL SO MUCH ! Looking forward to that "Great Day" when we will meet up with ALL our loved ones once again. Condolences to your extended family also. Keep doing what you do best and that is loving others !!!
Sincerely,
Denna Lightner
October 2, 2009
To Marty, Louie, Blake and the rest of the Holding family. Words are hard to come by right now, I'm just flooded by memories of all the days Kim and I spent together, good and bad. But I can say I'm a better man for knowing Kim. His courage and positive outlook on life through the hardest times was humbling. The house on the Avenues I shared with Kim and Marty became like a second home to me. They were like brothers to me and still are and the rest of the Holding family were my second family. So many wonderful memories. Kim lives in my heart and in the Music that we shared. I know our paths will cross again. See you in The Desert or maybe a cave up in the hills old friend. To our mutual friends peace and happiness be with you all. Celebrate a great man's life. i think that will make him smile. Marty, Louie and Blake i love you and miss you. Jeff White aka Skidrow.
Jeff White
October 2, 2009
Farrell and Judy.

Time passes quickly and our loved ones and family seem to slip away sooner than we'd like. My thoughts and prayers are with you during you difficult time.
Sandy Redding
October 2, 2009
To the Holding family my deepest condolences. I have known Kim since junior high but haven't seen him in many years. My fondest memory takes place back in our high school days when we would attend the Moab boogies. Kim, Vince Lopez and myself (silly as it sounds) pretended to be Deer, we ran and leaped and bounded across the tops of the plateaus till we couldn't breath. Out of no where came a rolling storm racing across the desert sky. We took shelter in a small cave. As the a wall of rain poured down acting as the door to our view, Kim pulled out a flute he kept strapped to his back as though it was his weapon of choice and began to play it. We vowed right then and there to keep the moment suspended it time that when we grew up if ever we couldn't find our way or became lost in our futures we would always be able to return to that moment if only in our minds. We could always remember the the freedom of flight in our lives, friends and most of all love. I have gone back to this place and time often, if only I could tell Kim how important these moments have been in the development of my life. Thank you Kim I wouldn't have mad it this far without having such a precious memory kept securely away to help me through. Gods Speed! Till we meet again I'll see you in that place between sleep and awake. Take flight and run for me too.

Renee Luras
Renee Luras
October 2, 2009
Marty, where has the time gone. I am so sorry for your loss as his passing is a lose to all of us. We made a lot of good memories. Kimbo will always be in my prayers. He was always so funny, you never knew what was coming next from him. Love ya brother keep your head up, we know he is in a better place and we will see him again.
Michael Fuoco
October 2, 2009
To the Holding family: My deepest sympathy for your grave loss. I'll always remember Kimbo. He did a great job for me.

Bill & Joyce Hayes
Sportsman's Warehouse
Bill Hayes
October 2, 2009
Dear Merrilee, You probably don't remember me, we were childhood friends in 5th grade. I remember the times I would spend the night at your house and what a precious child Kim was. I am so sorry for your loss. However, it sounds like Kim truly was exceptional. May you have peace at this time.

With Fond Memories
Ruth (Ann) McKane (Whitney)
October 2, 2009