Leo Martin Holthouse, age 85, of John Day entered into Heaven on Saturday, August 21st, 2021. Services for family and close friends will be held on Monday, August 30th, 2021 at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church with the Recitation of the Rosary beginning at 10:00 AM and the Mass of Christian Burial starting at 11:00 AM. Vault interment will take place immediately afterwards and a reception will follow at the Catholic Church Parish Hall. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any memorial contributions be made to the St. Elizabeth Catholic Church Building Fund or to Blue Mountain Home Health / Hospice through Driskill Memorial Chapel at 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, Oregon 97845.
Leo was born in Sacramento, CA and raised on the family ranch near Mountain View, CA where his father instilled a hard working spirit and passion for ranching in him; something he would pass on to his own children. In 1959 Leo and Diane (Gianandrea) were married in Milpitas, CA and shortly after in 1966 they moved their growing family to Grant County where they would spend the next 62 years together. Leo was a rancher by trade, starting his first ranch in Dayville, OR, but his true calling came in serving his community. In addition to being a member in the Marine Reserves, Leo also volunteered as an ambulance driver, school activities driver, and firefighter. Many will remember Leo as an Exalted Ruler in the local chapter of the Elks Lodge, but he also belonged to the Knights of Columbus and the John Day Golf Club. Leo may have been born in California, but there’s no doubt that he quickly became a true Oregonian! In his spare time, Leo loved to tinker on tractors and trucks, hunt, fish, and fly his single engine plane.
Leo was a loving father and husband and is survived by his wife Diane, children Jeffrey, Cerena (Lee), and Shannon (Murphy) and his three grandchildren Bertina, Justin, and Jessica. He also leaves behind a legacy of lifelong friendships in John Day.
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