On Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011, Dale Edward Holtz, beloved husband of the late Carol Ann McCreary-Holtz, passed away.
Dale was born July 4, 1962, in Inglewood, Calif., and grew up in Anaheim, Calif. Formerly of Riverside, Calif., he was residing in Pagosa Springs.
Dale participated in Boy Scouts in his youth and was later an avid Boy Scout Troop Leader in Riverside, Calif. He played drums and percussion in the Katella High School band and had recently revived his interest in drumming. He earned an AA degree in Criminal Justice at Riverside Community College and worked for San Bernardino Juvenile Probation before retiring. He chose his career to have the opportunity to help children and make a difference in their lives. He was a natural talent in the kitchen and at the barbecue grill. He loved cooking and bringing people together to enjoy an amazing meal. He even was a finalist in the running for a chance to be on “Hell’s Kitchen.” Dale enjoyed attending the NFR Rodeo Finals in Las Vegas every year he had the opportunity.
Since moving to Pagosa Springs, Dale had become a supporter and volunteer at local Folk and Blue Grass Festivals, including the Four Corners Folk Festival, and many other Pagosa Springs festivals and community events. Dale was looking forward to continuing the dream that he and Carol had envisioned — Hummingbird Orchards, an apple orchard in Pagosa Springs.
Dale is survived by his son, Geoffrey McCreary, mother Elda Holtz-Patrick, sisters Paula Holtz, Frances Elizabeth Miller and Sharon Holtz-Dempster, and numerous relatives. He was preceded in death by his wife, Carol, and his father, Paul Holtz.
A viewing will be held at Crest-Lawn Mortuary Park in Riverside, Calif., on Tuesday Dec. 6, 2011, with services on Wednesday Dec. 7, 2011, at 10 a.m.