Joshua Robert Holden
Joshua Robert Holden passed away on October 7 2007, after a long and courageous battle with PNH and leukemia. He touched the lives of many people throughout his years in the military, friendships with his car club enthusiasts, ballroom dancing and his love of family and friends all over the world. Joshua was preceded in death by his grandfather Regis Holden. Joshua is survived by his father, Patrick Holden; mother, Donna Holden; brother, James Holden; sister-in-law, Brandy Holden; niece, Tiffany Holden; girlfriend, Kimberly Fiederlein; grandparents, Arthur and Elaine Ray and Mary Holden; many aunts, uncles, cousins; and his faithful dog Odie. He was born on May 4, 1978 in Tokyo, Japan at Yokota Air Base and has lived in Tucson, Arizona, for the past 26 years. After graduating from Sahuaro High School in 1996, Joshua enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on October 20, 1997. The units he served in included the 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines and Bulk Fuel Company A, 6th ESB, and 4th FSSG. After serving for 8 years, Joshua enlisted with the Arizona Army National Guard where he served in the HHC, 852nd, SPT CTR (RAOC) AZ ARNG and 180 FA BN 01 155 SP FWD 8. Joshua was deployed to Iraq twice; once with the US Marine Corps Reserve and with the Arizona Army National Guard. Joshua's first tour was January 2003 until June 2003; his second tour began November 2005 until October 2006 when he was air lifted out of Iraq. During Joshua's last tour in Iraq, he was promoted to Staff SGT. When at home in Tucson, Joshua worked for Discount Tire and attended Northern Arizona University where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. Joshua belonged to many clubs and organizations which included the VFW, Arizona Rides, and Studio West where Joshua instructed ballroom dancing. Military awards include: Rifle Sharpshooter Badge, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Letter Of Appreciation, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Arizona Community Support Ribbon, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Overseas Service Ribbon, Combat Action Badge, and Army Commendation. Visitation will be held at East Lawn Palms Chapel, 5801 E. Grant Rd., on Thursday, October 11, 2007 from 6:00-9:00 P.M. Funeral service will be held at EAST LAWN PALMS CHAPEL on Friday, October 12, 2007 at 1:00 P.M. with visitation two hours prior from 11:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M. Interment to follow with full military honors at East Lawn Palms Cemetery. The family asks that donations be made in Joshua's honor to Soldiers Angels,, or the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society.
Published by Arizona Daily Star on Oct. 10, 2007.
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I had the strangest experience this morning, I opened the browser on my phone to look something up and in among other links was one to the article posted in the Tucson Citizen.

I read the article, I am so proud to call myself Joshua's dad, he was a unique individual who let nothing get in his way. It's hard to believe this October it will be 12 years since he passed, I think of you often Joshua and pray that God looks favorably on you. One of my greatest gifts was the times you and I spent alone together during your last year of life, I cherish every moment we had together.
June 13, 2019
No way it has been that long... 41 years loved and in our hearts, yet 29 forever. I love that our family, including my children that barely knew him, speak of him often. He is forever in our hearts! My kids remind me every time they see a yellow butterfly! Happy Birthday Joshua! You are loved and remembered!
Kirstin Bernstein
May 4, 2019
When I first met him it was "corpral Holden". I met him in early January, the week we were to deploy for Iraqi Freedom. After 8 months/24 hours a day in the Sec platoon at Camp Viper I saw what an exceptional Marine he was. Myself, and Rob Black were better people for knowing him. Stand fast and guard the gates of heaven brother, you've earned your place.
Semper Fi,
C.W. Schmidt-Sgt USMC
Christopher Schmidt
December 21, 2012
I miss Josh. He was one of a kind. A role model for sure. Such a nice person. Always fun to dance with!
Rhoda Miramontes
January 17, 2012
Today is Sept 11, 2011. I thought of you as soon as I woke up this morning. It is because of this day that I remember you. I was one of the funeral directors at the mortuary that handled your arrangements. You and your family have stayed in my thoughts and prayers ever since. I sat with your mom at Eric Hite's funeral, right by your gravesite. I plan to go there today with my fiance. He is also a former marine who is serving in the Army National Guard. I hope wherever you are now is a beautiful place. God bless you and your family.
Dee Adams
September 11, 2011
I was looking for some of the old gang from the Corps via a social network online. Linked up with folks and learned about your passing. You and I were roommates in for a long time when we served together with Lima 3/7. I'll never forget the stupid stuff we would do to pass the time and make work seem fun. My only regret in life after 34 years is that I lost contact with you, I didn't know you were ill, and I never made it to see you before you died nor did I attend your funeral. For those things I am truly sorry Josh. S/F brother....
Joe Sommers
March 18, 2011
Joshua, I think about you most days and my heart aches, I miss you so very much. I know that you would want me to keep my life going and enjoy it, I will work on moving in that direction. I love you Joshua always ....
Love, Mom
Donna Ray (Holden)
August 2, 2010
Nostalgia hit me recently and I was searching for others from our OIF 3-4 deployment. I ran across SSG Holden's entry on the web. I was in his platoon before they broke our platoon up and was briefly his roommate in Iraq.

When I first met him I thought he was too hardcore. I later discovered his eye for detail and support of the troops was unfaltering and well experienced. While his humor could be rather dry and at first hard to recognize, I cannot count the times he latter made me laugh and will never forget his own unmistakable laugh.

When times were most stressful he would appear in formations or at meetings with lens-less spectacles slightly askew taped in the middle and hold this vacant stare with his mouth slightly ajar suspiciously waiting until someone would notice. Then we would all laugh followed shortly but his own deep guttural giggle. All a little more able to handle the day more lighthearted. He knew when action was required and when comedy was best.

To the family and friends, I offer my condolences. But I am sure that a man that great is now off to bigger and better things.

SSG Hopkins
Steve Hopkins
February 25, 2010
Its hard to believe that it has been almost 2 years now. God bless you Josh
Sheena Mosier
October 10, 2009
I miss you Josh! We all miss you so much!!!!!!!!!
Aaron Daniels
October 8, 2009
Today I was thinking of how young Josh was and how he fought for our freedom. Why, because as he said someone needed to serve why not me. He gave it all so that we could have our cozy life here in the USA. Thank you Josh and I miss you.

Aunt Nancy
Nancy Hartley
July 31, 2009
Dear Family Holden,

even though it's almsot 2 years we had to said good bye to Joshua, he is still in my heart and thoughts.

Soldier's Angels,
Nettie Lopez
June 13, 2009
I just would like you to know that you and Joshua are in my prayers. I hope that you are all doing well. Joshua was a delight in my life and I have very fond memories of him.
April Love
January 20, 2009
Dear Holdens,
You are in my thoughts and prayers today as is Joshua. I will never forget the times spent idolizing Josh as a child, from building a lego boat to going for rides in his race car. Words cannot explain what a great person Josh was, and he is missed dearly. With Love, Paul
Paul Abraham
October 8, 2008
May you & your family take comfort in the memories of your wonderful, loving son. Know that our thoughts & prayers are with you during this difficult time. We met Josh through our daughter Erin in 2004. We instantly liked him & have wonderful memories of his visit here to Illinois. He was a warm, loving, caring, young man with a great sense of humor which we loved. Our thoughts & prayers have been with him during his second deployment to Iraq & then through his illness. We were devastated by the news of his passing. Please take comfort in the fact that Josh is now your guardian angel doing what he did best as a soldier: Watching over his family & friends. God Bless Him!!!
Jim & Jill Peters
October 18, 2007
I'am very sorry for your loss. I served with SSG Holden in Bagadad, Iraq. He was one the best NCO's in the platoon. Always motivated, always ready to complete the mission. I will always remember him as the best example of what a NCO should be. I will never forget his toughness, professionalism, leadership. I hope these words will comfort you, that he is one of the best that America has to offer.
Gregory Maynard
October 18, 2007
Patrick and Donna, I am so sorry for your loss. What a remarkable young man he is! My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Linda Pierce
October 15, 2007
Dear Holden Family,
Though your hearts are heavy (my heart breaks for you) proud you must be of your remarkable wonderful young man. I didn't know him, and yet...I am so proud of him, and so thankful to know that there are such marvelous wonderful men being raised up in our Country, still today. Thank you for raising this wonderful young man, who had so many choices he could have made and yet chose the 'right' ones. We will never understand the Lord's timing, until the day we stand before Him .....and ask...why? Until then I pray that He comforts you all, holds you in His arms, and reminds you daily of all that He gave you, even though it was for such a short time. Thank you for raising a child that our whole world can be proud of. Thank you for sharing him with all of us. Thank you for sharing him with our Country. May the Lord comfort your spirit in the days ahead. My prayers are with you. Sincerely, Barbara Parker
Barbara Parker
October 14, 2007
Dear Holden Family;

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Joshua sounds like he was a remarkable man and soldier!

Our deepest sympathies,

Crystal & Tim Goltz
Crystal Goltz
October 12, 2007
Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Romans 12:15 Doing both with you on this difficult day. But celebrating the life of an incredible man.
Heather Marzorati
October 12, 2007
Dear Holden Family,

my thoughts and prayers are with you. Joshua will be always in our hearts. He is our hero.
May God bless you and watch over you during your time of need.

Soldiers' Angel
Nettie (Netherlands)
Nettie Lopez
October 12, 2007
Dear Holden family,

my thoughts and prayers will always be with you. Joshua will always be in our heart. He is our hero.
May God bless you and watch over your family during your time of need.

Nettie (Netherlands)
Nettie Lopez
October 12, 2007
dear family & friends of josh,
my prayers & thoughts go out to you! take comfort in knowing josh isn't suffering anymore.he did such good in his short life!
take care!
debbie golembiewski
October 12, 2007
I served with your son Ssg. Holden in Iraq in 3rd platoon. His early departure had us all worried because we did not know what had happend. When we found out our hearts grieved for him and his recovery. I am saddened to know that he could not overcome this battle as he did so many before. My thoughts and prayers are with your family and my departed brother in arms.
Sgt. Robert Spyers
Robert Spyers
October 12, 2007
To the Holden family,

I served with Josh in Iraq when he was apart of the Tucson Marine Unit. He always cracked me up when I saw him. He always had some funny sarcastic remark, which lightened our day. We played many a spade game together. It was an honor to serve with him. Semper Fi.
SSgt. Cortney Wonder
October 11, 2007
May precious memories of happier times soften this time of sadness and comfort your hearts. Please know that you have my heartfelt sympathy,

Soldiers' Angels
Alice Doster
October 11, 2007
My thoughts and prayers are with Josh and his family. I will always remember him as the Marine/Soldier who never gives up without his fight. For the Holden Family, I will always be there for you all. Josh is at peace and may God truely bless him in his journey. He will be missed!
Trish Vazquez
October 11, 2007
Patrick, Donna & Family:
Our thoughts and prayers remain with you. Your wonderful son Joshua is no longer hurting and is with his Savior. He was a great aspiration to so many. It is now time to celebrate his life and all that he gave to the world and his country. God Bless!
Dennis & Fay Peceniak
October 11, 2007
Our hearts are heavy as we grieve with you over the loss of your brave and beautiful son. Joshua's life and story touched many and he will never be forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers remain with all of you, his very special family and friends.

Soldiers' Angel
Liz Lorber
October 11, 2007
Holden family and loved ones,

I'm sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and Josh as they have been for months. I became aquainted with Josh on the PNH web sight about a year ago while we were going through some of the same issues.
Joe Bunnell
October 11, 2007
God bless and keep you, Joshua.
October 11, 2007
Dear Holden Family,
My thoughts and prayers are will you all...most of all, with Josh. He will always be remembered as a young man of courage and strength.
Terri Chambers
October 11, 2007
Dear Holden Family
May you find peace and comfort in fond memories of Josh. He was a great friend and example to our son Dusty. Whenever he was at our home, he was always such a polite young man. We will miss his smile. We are so grateful that there are such people like Josh who willing serve this great country of ours - and he served in both the Marines and the Army! We will miss him.
Joe & Renee Sowards
October 11, 2007
Just wanted to let you that you guys are in my thoughts and prayers. I'll be praying for all of you.
Sheena Mosier
October 11, 2007
I was a fellow student with Josh at NAU. He was an impressive young man and he will be sincerely missed. I appreciated his service to our country. My heartfelt sympathies to his family.
Joyce Stump
October 11, 2007
October 10, 2007
You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. I'm sorry for your loss.
Soldiers' Angels
Jess Kothenbeutel
October 10, 2007
May God bring you peace and carry you through this diffifult time. Joshua is a hero to many...
Soldiers' Angel
Amme Cole - Texas
Amme Cole
October 10, 2007
May God Bless you and watch over your family during your time of need. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Tonya Phipps (Soldiers Angels)
Tonya Phipps
October 10, 2007
We thank God for the privilege of knowing Josh from afar, and ask God's blessings on those who loved him most. Soldiers' Angel
Martha Neyman
October 10, 2007
My thoughts and prayers are with all the Holden family. I had the honor to meet such a brave man with integrity. James, Brandy, and Tiffany I'll always treasure your friendship. God Bless you all
Love Mrs. Rosenbalm
Terri Rosenbalm
October 10, 2007
My thougts and Prayers are with you and your family. May all the memories you have comfort you. Joshua is a true Hero in my heart.

Soldiers' Angel
Jenn Page
October 10, 2007
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
kelly heaton
October 10, 2007
Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Pat,Donna and James. Josh was
quite a young man and I know you are proud. Our sincerest heartfelt condolences
Alan & Suzie Wheatcroft
October 10, 2007
God Bless and condolences
Ron C
October 10, 2007
Psalm 23
The LORD is my shepherd,
I shall not be in want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
He restores my soul.
He guides me in paths of righteousness
for his name's sake.
Even though I walk
through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD

My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this most difficult time.
Sue Behlmer (Soldier's Angels)
October 10, 2007
May God Bless you and watch over your family during your time of need.Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless from Soldiers' Angels
Donya Cox
October 10, 2007
SSG Holden,
I am proud to have served with you overseas. You are a world-class NCO and an outstanding soldier. The world is less of a place without you in it. But I am glad to know that you have taken your place among the angels in Heaven. Your memory will last as long as I have breath, to this I swear.

"Almighty God, whose will it is that we be leaders of men, hear us as we come to you for guidance in this awesome responsibility. Let us never forget our duty in the men whom we lead. May we instill in them the qualities of loyalty, integrity, and duty. Grant us patience in dealing with the mistakes of our fellow man. Let us never forget that no man is perfect, but that perfection for fragile humans is trying each day to be better than the day before. Give us courage O Lord, in the face of danger, keep us pure in heart, clean in mind, and strong in purpose. Remind us that wisdom is not granted in an hour, a day, or in a year but it is a process that continues all the days of our lives. Keep ever before us our goal which is not to perpetrate war, but to safeguard peace and preserve your great gift to man, Freedom. May you always be near to guide us in our decisions, comfort us in our failures, and keep us humble in our successes. We ask your devine blessings and leadership as we discharge the honor and responsibility of leading men in the service of our country. Walk close to us always, our Father, that we may not fail. Amen"
- - Infantryman's Prayer

Rest in peace dear brother, you will be missed.
SGT David Donaldson
October 10, 2007
Josh was loved by angels from coast to coast. He will be in our hearts forever. Our sincere sympathy goes out to his family and friends at this time.
Sue Abshire, Soldiers' Angels
October 10, 2007
My sincere condolences to the family and friends of Joshua R.Holden.God be with you in your time of sorrow.He was a true Hero and shall never be forgotten.Sonja Rogers, Soldiers Angel and Patriot Guard Rider,Springfield IL.
Sonja Rogers
October 10, 2007
Soar with the Angels Josh....Keeping you and all who love you in my prayers...

^j^ Ros
October 10, 2007
Please accept my sympathies at the loss of your loved one. He is truly a hero and will not be forgotten. Soldiers' Angels
Sharon Trombley
October 10, 2007
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

Soldiers' Angels
Twyla Choate
October 10, 2007
There are no words to ease the pain of your family my son served in Iraq with Joshua 852nd he is out of town trainning and he asked me to sign the guest book. Our blessings and our prayers go out to you.
Marcella Morales
October 10, 2007
It was a pleasure to serve under you in Iraq. You taught me a lot as my fire team leader. I give everyone you left behind my most sincere condolences.
Brian McBrearty
October 10, 2007
My heart goes out to you at this time and in the days ahead. God Bless from Soldiers' Angels.
Teresa Watts
October 10, 2007
May the Lord bless those whose life you have touched. May He carry them in His arms and protect them. The world is a little bit brighter from your brief stay here.
Scott Speckhart
October 10, 2007
It breaks my heart to see someone so young & full of great potential leaving this world so early. He has accomplished so much.
Josh always wore a smile on his face & had many friends in the dance community in Tucson. He will be joining some other dance friends of his that have passed before him.
May they all be dancing together in Heaven.
Kathy Costello
October 10, 2007
Please accept my heartfelt sympathies for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
Corey Higgins
October 10, 2007
Josh was a good man and a good Marine. He will be missed dearly. Josh, I know you're in a better place, guarding the gates of Heaven.
Semper Fidelis!
SSgt Allan Conger
October 10, 2007
May our Heavenly Father
bless you and your family in
your time of sorrow.
May it be of some comfort
to you that the comrades
and sisters of Post 10188
Veterans of Foreign Wars,
Department of Arizona
share in your loss.
Bob DiVarco
Robertr DiVarco
October 10, 2007
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