Donald Douglas Holden

November 29, 1939 - January 23, 2022
Donald Douglas Holden

Born into the Holden family, Don spent many of his early years with a multigenerational family setting surrounded by parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc. As with many families of that time, you were a part of the whole…and that was Don’s young world. Settings like one-room school houses and walks on dirt roads were common for him and shaped his entire life.

Don served in the National Guard and later became a recording engineer at later age in Chicago, IL for RCA Records where he met his first wife Patricia Lindgren. They had a son Mark and eventually moved to Los Angeles in the late 80’s to follow his recording career. From there, he later returned to Brunswick County to spend the rest of his life surrounded by family and friends. Occasionally old friends are found again and that is when he encountered Wilma Gray, his second bride, who was a childhood close friend. This old, and new, bond led to their marriage and addition of Wilma’s daughters Laura and Becky to the family.

His wonderfully simple perspective of the world allowed him to see each new face as a friend with the opening statement of “Howdy Hoss, or Ma’am.” If anyone needed a flashlight, pen, compass or note pad, he was there for them…and sometimes with too many items as many of you know. Sometimes a box would show up on your doorstep with so many useful items that you had to share with your own friends to get rid of it all. He wanted to share what he had so much that he always had a supply of goodies with him at any given time. It seemed as though his philosophy was to connect with everyone however you can and leave ‘em happy.

Don was survived by his daughter Laura and son Mark and his family Sharon, Zach and Miles, granddaughter Megan as well has his half-sisters and brother Joy, Lorraine, Cherry and Byron. A private family service will be held at a future date.

We will miss you sir!

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  • February 01, 2022
    Jody Batson says:
    Don shared many many stories of his job, his love for music, his love for his kids and family. I was blessed to know him and spend time with him via cleaning his house a couple of years ago for awhile. He always made sure I was fed before he would let me start working. He was the kindest, outgoing, funny man. We sometimes would just turn up the music and he would hum and tap his finger to the beat while I worked. I enjoyed helping him and just listening to his stories. Boy did he collect stuff, bottle caps, pens, medicine bottles… he would always tell me “ but everything is reusable” as I was throwing out his 35 plate of cat food off the porch!!! RIP ole Don, you will be missed!!!

  • February 01, 2022
    Duffy Rich says:
    I practically grew up at Don's house. Don's son Mark and I have been friends for 47 years! There were too many memories made at the Holden house to count. As most know, Don was a recording engineer and worked irregular hours but he was always present and interested in us kids. He helped us with school projects and taught us about recording and electrical work, but he was also happy to just hang out and watch TV. He had a silly side and would indulge me and Mark when we wanted to turn off the volume on the TV and create our own funny voices and story line. We were curious kids and always starting new projects. Don let us explore our creativity and helped guide us when things got off track. I went a long time not seeing him but about 6 years ago when visiting Los Angeles we all got together at my parents house. My mom was ill and though it was never brought up we all knew that it was the last time she and Don would see each other. I always appreciated Don even at a time when kids feel awkward around adults and I felt he genuinely enjoyed us. He will be missed.