Bradford J. Holtz

February 4, 1950 - January 28, 2021
Bradford J. Holtz

Bradford “Brad” John Holtz ,70, passed away on Thursday, January 28, 2021, at his home in Leland, NC. He had recently moved to the area from Springfield, then Lorton, VA, where he and his wife resided for over 30 years.

He is survived by his wife, Lynette “Lynn” Holtz; mother, Barbara Holtz; sisters, Susan Holtz and Amy Iezzi (Mike); sisters-in-laws, Kim Gilcher (Roy) and Bobbi Lewis (Martin); several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Edwin Holtz, and brother, Robert Holtz.

In 1972, Brad graduated from the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY, and was commissioned as an Armor Officer. He attended the Army Ranger, Airborne and Air Assault Schools. In 1974 he attended flight school at Fort Rucker, AL and trained to pilot the UH-1H and AH-1G helicopters. He also attended the Army Command and General Staff College. His secondary military skill was in Operations Research and Systems Analysis. He served with the 2nd Armored Division; 2nd Infantry Division; Department of Undergraduate Flight Training; Army Aviation Test Board; 223rd Combat Aviation Battalion; 11th Aviation Group; 1st Aviation Brigade; HQ Army Materiel Command; and HQ, Department of the Army, Office of the Chief of Staff. He retired at the rank of Major in 1992.

Brad earned advanced degrees in Software Management (MSSM) from the University of Southern California and Business Management (MBA) from the Florida Institute of Technology.

Following his military retirement, Brad continued to support our nation as a Program Analyst. He served the Department of Defense Health Agency as a Budget Analyst from 2006 until his retirement in 2017.

Brad and Lynn enjoyed international travel and especially their time spent on the island of Bequia, St. Vincent, and the Grenadines, where they built their winter home, “At Last” completed in 2017. He also took joy in playing golf, kayaking, bicycling and sipping wine with friends at a vineyard.

Services and burial will be at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY, on a date to be determined.

Memorial donations in Brad’s name may be made to Wounded Warriors Family Support, www.wwfs.org; the Gary Sinise Foundation, www.garysinesefoundation.org ; or The Grenadines Initiative; http://grenadinesinitiative.ca/memorial-to-brad-holtz/.


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  • January 30, 2021
    Kate LaMoreaux says:
    We are brokenhearted for you, and so very, very sorry for your loss. It just does not seem possible to us that he is gone!

  • February 01, 2021
    Jim Veeder says:
    Brad, You were a 'general's class' Beast Barracks roommate for me during our two most 'far beyond challenging' hellish months beginning our four years at The United States Military Academy at West Point. Always tough, never flustered, never selfish, but caring and good for the team. We survived and then went to different companies of the Fourth Regiment but never lost the camaraderie we felt and shared in those two months. You held "Duty, Honor and Country" deep in your soul and set an example even for the older guys like myself, and I thank God for our friendship and the influence you had on me. Your physical strength was obvious to everyone but so was your gentleness and caring held in your big heart. Though you sought and promoted harmony around you, you would not shy from confrontation when it was needed. You were a great reliable and encouraging soldier buddy for anyone peered with or subordinated to you. Your Faith in God leaves an indelible mark on all of us who knew you and that mark will sustain us in our Faith throughout our remaining path until we are all together again. In God's Love and Our Friendship

  • February 06, 2021
    Polly and Jon Silverman says:
    Where ever warm waters and waves are near, we'll think of you Brad.

  • February 10, 2021
    Patty Wade Wright says:
    Lynn We are so sorry for your loss. It was so wonderful to see both you and Brad at the reunion. Sending you love and prayers, Patty Wade Wright