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.