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Retired Army Lt. Colonel Karl D. Holt

Published On: Jul 17 2013 04:08:08 AM CDT

MADISON-On July 13, 2013, much loved and highly revered, Doug passed away peacefully in his sleep at Agrace HospiceCare Center in Fitchburg, after a long battle following heart surgery.

Born a Madison native and lifelong resident on August 18, 1933, Doug’s humble life began in the Vilas neighborhood where he had many friends and attended Longfellow Elementary School. He spent many happy hours at Vilas Park playing ball with his childhood buddies. Doug attended Middle and High School at Madison West, graduating in 1951 as a member of the National Honor Society.

Doug worked for the Madison Forestry Dept. in order to save money to go to college. He attended the UW in Madison and graduated with honors in 1955 with a Bachelor’s degree in Science. During his college years, Doug joined the Army R.O.T.C. which led to his 28 ½ year military career. In that time, he was in the Army Corp of Engineers and went on to flight training school to become a pilot at Fort Rucker, Alabama. His flight training led him to become an excellent pilot as well as being proficient in recon planes, ‘The Beaver’ and the ‘Bird Dog’. After years of active duty in the Army, Doug joined the Army Reserves. He continued in his life as a teacher at Cherokee Middle School. During his teaching career he also held his military position teaching Command and General Staff at Truax Field in Madison. He went on to teaching Earth Science for a number of years at Madison West High School. After Memorial High School was built, Doug was asked to become the Planetarium Director, where he touched many lives with his teachings, retiring in 1993. While at Memorial High School, Doug was the Varsity Baseball Coach and also over a 40 year period, was an official for the WIAA as a referee for High School Basketball and Football games. Doug became the first official to be inducted into the WIAA Coaches Hall of Fame. During his officiating career, he worked with the UW Wisconsin at Madison running the clocks at both basketball and football home games.

In his retirement, Doug also enjoyed working at the UW Ridge Golf Course where he was a Course Marshall. Doug’s favorite pastimes were watching various sports, including golf, known to be his favorite. He also spent 8 years working at Zimbrick, Inc., as a Dealer Trade driver, a job he truly loved, taking him on many trips, driving to many states near and far.

Doug was preceded in death by his parents, William and Dorothy (Staven) Holt. He is survived by his loving wife, Barbara Ann (Rowell) Holt; his son Mark Allen (Denise)Holt, his step children, Romy Gensichen (Seth Moystner), Tory Gensichen, Shannon Gensichen, his grandchild Tyler Holt, four step-grandchildren, Chad Bartell, Jonathan Moystner, Bryce Moystner and Lexi Hauser, step great-granddaughter Jossie Bartell and his loving dog, “Little Bear”.

The family wishes to give special thanks for all their loving care, to all the doctors, nurses and staff at Meriter Hospital, St. Mary’s Care Center as well as the Agrace HospiceCare Center in Fitchburg.

Doug will be greatly missed by all his family, many dear friends and any others whose lives he touched. He was a wonderful, kind, giving, humble man who never wanted fanfare or attention drawn to him. He always said that what he did in life was ‘nothing special’-he just did what he did.

By Doug’s personal and humble request, there will be no visitation or funeral services. A special memorial fund has been set up in Doug’s name to honor him as well as benefit the Spartan Legacy Endowment Fund. Contributions to this fund, in Doug’s name, can be made payable to Madison Community Foundation Memorial Athletic Fund and be sent to the following Anchor Bank location, 3052 Cahill Main, Madison, WI 53711.

Gunderson WestFuneral & Cremation Care
7435 University Ave
608-831-6761
www.gundersonfh.com

Memorials:
Contributions to this fund, in Doug’s name, can be made payable to Madison Community Foundation Memorial Athletic Fund and be sent to the following Anchor Bank location, 3052 Cahill Main, Madison, WI 53711.

Visitation:
By Doug’s personal and humble request, there will be no visitation or funeral services. A special memorial fund has been set up in Doug’s name to honor him as well as benefit the Spartan Legacy Endowment Fund.

Service:
By Doug’s personal and humble request, there will be no visitation or funeral services. A special memorial fund has been set up in Doug’s name to honor him as well as benefit the Spartan Legacy Endowment Fund.

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