It is with heavy heart that we announce the passing from death to eternal life of Donald Lee Holman on March 4, 2021. Born October 29, 1958 to Louise and Einer Holman in Racine Wisconsin. Donald was a fraternal twin to Ronald Lee Holman who was 17 minutes older than Don; which is why his siblings always referred to him as the “little brother”, although he was a big teddy bear of a guy. Don lived in Westland Michigan with his parents, brother Ron, older brother Wayne, and younger sister Debbie. When he was thirteen, the family moved to Fort Myers.
Don attended Cypress Lake High School. He joined the Air Force in 1981 and spent six years proudly serving his country as a sergeant in places like Germany and Belgium. He quickly learned to speak German and loved the opportunity to speak to civilians who lived around the Air Force Base. He met his wife, Melinea while stationed in Grand Forks, North Dakota. After leaving the Air Force, Don and Melinea moved around in order to pursue Mel’s dream of becoming a chiropractor. Eventually they returned to Fort Myers.
Don was a generous person who enjoyed serving others by giving his time and his talents in the service of those in need. Whether baking bread for his extended family at Christmas, giving a listening ear to elderly nursing home residents, picking out Halloween candy and planning Fall excursion for his nephews and nieces – Kenny, Tyler, Elaine, and Kebly – Don lived for sharing with others.
On weekends in Southwest Florida, Don could be found boating, kayaking, and swimming with friends. He enjoyed fishing and being out on the Gulf in his small row boat. Don and Ron spent many weekends on the water together, laughing and joking around while fishing. After a time, he started to feel badly for the fish, and eventually started shell collecting. He spent much of his spare time in pursuit of his shells, and eventually made whimsical shell animal creations as gifts for friends or strangers. He would often leave his little shell animals on the beach where a passerby would find them and think them a found treasure. It brought him great joy to give happiness to others.
Childlike with an infectious smile, Donald found purpose in making others laugh, feel good, and look for God’s help in difficult times. His mission was to move others out of sadness through practical jokes, laughing, gifts, playful outings, and Christian worship.
Don was a loyal and faithful son, brother, husband, and friend. He treasured moments over materials. Undoubtedly Don spent most of his time with his wife of 27 years, Melinea, his best friend and caregiver in later life. Sadly, he was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia, which ended his life at only 62 years old. Donald Holman will forever be adored by all who knew and loved him.
Funeral service for Don’s family and friends will be held on Saturday, March 20th at 10:00am at Baldwin Brothers 4320 Colonial Blvd Fort Myers, FL.