John Mathew Holt, 82, passed away on Friday, November 23, 2018, in Davidson, North Carolina. He was born on November 7, 1936, in Weston, West Virginia to Mathew and Mary King Holt. John married Elissa Hoover Holt on May 24, 1957, in Weston, WV.
John is survived by his wife Elissa of Davidson, North Carolina; his daughter and son-in-law, Sondra and Scott Thorson of Davidson, North Carolina and daughter-in-law, Lisa Allman Holt of Poway California. Also surviving are grandchildren: Ashley Bakas, Alexandra Holt and Gregory Holt, all of Poway, California, Parker Thorson of Denver Colorado and Sierra Thorson of Davidson, North Carolina.
John was preceded in death by his parents, Mathew and Mary Holt and his son, John Mathew Holt II.
John grew up in Weston, WV, graduated from Weston High School. After high school, he attended West Virginia Wesleyan where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. John joined the Marine Corps in September 1959 as an officer and served for 20 years.He served with the First Marine Aircraft Wing in Iwakuni, Japan, 2nd Marine Division in Camp Lejeune, NC, and was Inspector/Instructor of Engineer Reserve in Charleston, WV. He played on and coached for the Marine Corps baseball team. He had two tours in Vietnam and volunteered for his second tour. After Vietnam, John served in Quantico, Virginia, Washington DC, Stuttgart Germany, and Okinawa, Japan. His awards include the Bronze Star Medal / Combat v, Joint Services Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal and Vietnam Service Medal. He retired in 1979, achieving the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
After his military service, John returned to West Virginia and became Superintendent of Cedar Lakes Conference Center in Ripley, WV until his retirement to Florida.
John loved sports and enjoyed playing golf. He was also active in refereeing basketball and football.
John will be cremated. Graveside services will be held at a later date.
The family requests memorial donations be made in his name to the Marine Corps Military Academy at 320 Iwo Jima Blvd, Harlingen, TX 78550.