Obituary: Michael Joseph Holland |

Obituary: Michael Joseph Holland

March 7, 1935 – January 12, 2015

Resided in Santa Rosa, CA

Michael J. Holland Sr, age 79, passed away peacefully at home on January 12th, 2015 in Petaluma, CA.

A San Francisco native, he was born on March 7, 1935, the son of Michael and Eleanor Holland. Growing up in the Mission District, he attended St. James Grammar School and Riordan High School. He spent two years serving his country in the U.S. Army, and later graduated from the University of San Francisco. While at USF, he met and married Nancy Conway , and the two set up home in San Mateo where they would raise their five sons (Michael, Stephen, Daniel, Patrick and Kevin).

Mike started his business career with Farmers Insurance group as a claims adjuster, and would spend the next 38 years developing a successful career in the insurance business 25 of those years with California Casualty. Mike was a leader, mentor, colleague, and friend to many throughout his working life. He was highly resected for his wisdom and tremendous work ethic.

Beyond the love he had for his five sons, Mike’s other great joys in life were his beloved San Francisco 49ers and the family cabin at Donner Lake. A season ticket-holder since 1958, he enjoyed many Sunday afternoons with his sons at the “Stick” rooting for his Niners. Donner Lake brought him much joy and contentment throughout his life. He always enjoyed the beauty of the Sierra Nevada, from the rose-colored Washoe mountains to the shimmering waters of Donner Lake.

Hi family and friends will always remember his great sense of humor and straight-forward approach to life. He is survived by his five loving sons, his beloved sister Dolores and brother in-law Chuck Wettstein, seven grandchildren (Melissa, Kaylee, Meghan, Ell, Madeline, Braeden and Keara), and his special friend Mary Anne.

We will miss our Pops.

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