Doctor Richard Carlyle Holden passed away on June 17, 2021 of natural causes. Richard was born on June 26, 1929 in Glendale, California to George and Helen Crawley Holden.
Richard was a loving husband to M. Yvonne Brede’e Holden for 67 years. He was the father, hero and champion to eight children. He was the doting grandfather to 32 children and 21 great-grandchildren. Richard was a people-person – his effervescent personality and mega-watt smile endeared him to all earning him many life-long friends.
He matriculated with a Doctorate in Dental Surgery from Loyola Dental School in Chicago, IL. His first specialty was Prosthetics. He attended UCLA where he earned his second specialty in Maxillofacial-Prosthetics.
He enlisted as an officer in the US Army serving around the world and including a tour to Vietnam where he earned a Bronze Star for his valiant service in a war zone. In addition to military men serving in Vietnam, he risked much to assist civilians in the jungle, prisoners of war and even the Chinese Ambassador.
He was a faithful life-long member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was called to serve as a full-time Missionary in Germany where he developed a love for the German people, their culture, language and heritage. He dedicated countless hours to church service, so great was his love for the Lord and fellowman.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Yvonne Holden, his eight children and their spouses and grandchildren. His dear sister Judith Ann Holden Kuchler and her family as well as his sister-in-law Joyce and her children.
His wit, sincere love and presence will be dearly missed but in complete faith we look forward to a glorious reunion.