Frederick Thomson Holmes
On October 15, 2016, Frederick Thomson Holmes, resident of Fort Bragg, CA, passed away after a short illness at the age of 71.
Fred was born in Pomona, CA on July 20, 1945. After high school, Fred enrolled in the US Army ROTC Program and pursued a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science at San Jose State University. While living in the dorms, Fred met his future wife, Kathy. They married in 1967 and later had two children, Jennifer and Scott.
After college graduation in 1968, Fred volunteered for service in the Vietnam War. He served honorably as an Officer in the US Army and was a Purple Heart recipient. Upon returning to civilian life, Fred decided to continue his education, earning a law degree from the prestigious Hastings College of Law in San Francisco in 1974. After passing the State Bar, Fred established himself as a private practice attorney in the Bay Area but eventually grew tired of city living. When he was offered the role of Deputy District Attorney in Truckee, CA, Fred jumped at the opportunity and relocated in 1979. Living in this picturesque mountain town suited the family well; Fred and Kathy remained in Truckee until they both retired in 2007.
With their careers behind them, Fred and Kathy fulfilled another dream, which was to live by the Pacific Ocean. The couple moved to the Mendocino Coast where Fred hosted family gatherings at nearby MacKerricher Park, showcasing his campfire culinary skills in his pop-up restaurant, “Club Fred”.
Fred was a proud member of the Rotary Club, both in Truckee and Fort Bragg. He served as the Weekly Bulletin Editor in both clubs, amusing his fellow Rotarians with his notoriously wry sense of humor and expansive knowledge of trivia. Above all, Fred endeavored to live his life according to the Rotary’s motto “Service Above Self”.
Fred is survived by his wife of 49 years, Kathy, his daughter, Jennifer (Bob Iannetta) and his son, Scott. Other surviving family members include his sister, Frances (Vernon) Weigand and his brother, Stuart (Susan) Holmes. He was predeceased by his father, Manley Loraine Holmes, his mother, Agnes Thomson Holmes, his brother Don Holmes and his sister, Diana Napper.
A private memorial will be held in Claremont, CA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Rotary International or the Mendocino Coast Humane Society.