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Myke LaVern Holmes

Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

On March 15, 2009, in Salem, Oregon, a senseless and unspeakable act of brutality occurred and suddenly deprived the world of a cherished father, grandfather and friend. The death of Myke LaVern Holmes leaves a void which will never be filled.

Myke was born in Kansas on September 25, 1938, to Doug and Leona Holmes. During his childhood, Myke moved with his family to Colorado.

He was a construction foreman by the time he was 20 years old.



As a young man, Myke had four children. A son, Douglas Wright, and three daughters, Myka Wright Sterling, Vicky Harritt and Kelley Holmes Ahmed.

In 1960, Myke married Tanya “Pat” Kabatoff. They had two sons, Myke (Susan) and Marc (Sabrina). During this time, Myke was excelling in Salem’s construction industry. He would become a partner in Holmes and Egan, then he started M.L. Holmes General Contractors. He retired in 2005.



The marriage with Pat dissolved in 1989 but the two remained good friends.

Myke met Kay Schera and he helped raise her two boys, Timothy and Ryan (Elizabeth) Schera. Myke and Kay remained life partners and were together on the day they died.

Myke had an intense passion for all that he loved. He always poured all of himself into his projects and his relationships. His favorite pastimes included hunting, snowmobiling and hot rods, including sand dragging.

In the mid-1970s Myke served as the president of the Northwest Trail and Dunes Association and was eventually inducted into the Sand Drag Hall of Fame. Myke turned his favorite hobby into a productive business. Following his retirement and a battle with cancer, Myke opened Myke’s Rod and Chassis Shop, where he rebuilt and refurbished hot rods. Myke enjoyed his friendships with other hot rod enthusiasts as much as he relished working on their cars.

Myke was a man who never did anything halfway and always refused to give up. He lived and loved with joy and gusto, and was a friend to all who was in need of support. He had a soft spot for babies and children. He loved his grandchildren with a tenderness that defied his often gruff demeanor. Myke was particularly looking forward to watching his twin grandsons play football this autumn.

Myke was preceded in death by his parents and older sister, Lavon, and a niece, Linda. Myke is survived by his sister, Georgia Holmes of Broomfield, Colo. and his children. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren, six of whom live in Salem.

Services have already been held.


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