Donald Lawrence Holden
Donald Lawrence Holden passed away at age 88, attended by his family, February 22, 2016 in Everett, Washington. Don was born in Kirkland on April 29, 1927. After serving in the United States Navy Don settled in Kirkland where he and his wife Doris had 7 children.
Don’s professional life was characterized by 51 years in the glass business. He began working for his older brother, Dick Eldridge, as an apprentice at Pike Street Paint and Glass in Seattle. He eventually started his own business, Totem Lake Glass, in Kirkland and remained there until retirement in 1992. This allowed him to work with the cars he loved – up till the time of his passing he could look at a car and tell you the windshield part number for that vehicle.
When thinking of Don and the effect he had on those who knew him, he is universally remembered as a kind, patient, welcoming and humble man. He had a knack for making those around him feel special as no matter how busy he was he would always stop and listen to your situation. He had a gift for sensing when someone needed something, big or small, and he was generous in offering whatever he could, even if that meant getting up at 3:00 in the morning to give you a ride to the airport.
Don leaves behind six of his children – Douglas Holden, Julie McGowan, Roxanne Louise, Karla Gallagher, Ronald Holden and Timothy Holden. Don is survived by 14 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and 4 plus one-on-the-way great-great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents – Harry and Hazel Holden, his loving wife of 62 years – Doris Holden and his youngest daughter – Sandra Roth.
We will be celebrating Don’s life at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints: 7720 – 126th Ave NE Kirkland, Washington: Monday, February 29th. A viewing is scheduled from 10:00 – 11:00 followed by the service at 11:30. There will be a luncheon provided before the graveside service at 2:30. A map and directions will be provided to Don’s final resting place – Sunset Hills Memorial Park.