A Tribute to Commander Tom Holden

    We are gathering pictures and comments from Tom's friends and posting them here as a tribute.  If you have something to add (comments and/or pictures with captions), please email it to the RMDRR webmaster.

    A Tom Holden Memorial Fund has been established at Praise Assembly to help Marilyn and the family during this time. Send contributions to Tom Holden Memorial Fund, Praise Assembly, 2000 Troy Ave., Pueblo, CO 81001-5627.

    Tom has been on Rocky Mountain Royal Ranger District Staff for more than 20 years. He has also been the Senior Commander at Praise Assembly in Pueblo, CO. Tom had a passion to see boys won for Christ. He has been an inspirational leader.

    From Tom's memorial serivce on March 5, 2009

      Tom was born April 21, 1948 in Pueblo to the parents of Bob and Rose Marie Holden, both natives of Pueblo.  Tom has an older sister, Bobbi Joseph, and a younger brother, Don Holden.  Tom and his parents lived in Pueblo, with a short amount of time in Trinidad and at his Uncle Clemon's ranch south of Pueblo.  Tom attended school in Pueblo and graduated from East High in 1966.

    While growing up, Tom and the family were active in outdoor activities: fishing, camping, hiking, and shooting.  The love of outdoors lasted Tom through his lifetime.  He would much rather go fishing than anything else.

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    After High School, Tom (with the help of his dad) decided to join the Navy and see the world.  He was stationed at Moffett Field (Northern California).  He served as support on the P3 Orion sub chaser aircraft patrolling for Soviet and Chinese submarines.  He did tours of duty in Alaska, Philippines, and Viet Nam.

    During one of his leaves back in Pueblo he went on a blind date with Marilyn Miller.  It didn't take long and he knew this was for keeps.  He and Marilyn were married January 15, 1972.  During their 37 years of marriage they have been blessed with six children and four grandchildren.  Their children are Patricia (and her husban Jon) Hegna of Nashville, TN; Paul (and his wife Adria) Holden of Grand Junction, CO; and David Holden, James Holden, Jonathan Holden, and Dee Dee Holden all of Colorado City, CO.  Grandchildren: Autumn and Brook Hegna and Jency and Tesher Holden.

    Tom loved spending time with his family.  He always honored his parents and has been there whenever they needed anything.  Tom was his mother, Rose Marie Holden's buddy.  They spent many times together usually involving talking over a cup of coffee or a meal.

    Tom has a sister Bobbi (and her husband Allen) Joseph who live in Lakewood, CO and his borther Don (and his wife Deidre) Holden who live in Sedalia, CO and numerous nieces and nephews.  Tom was preceded in death by his father, Robert Holden.

    Tom owned and operated American Home Siding and T&M Renovations.

    One of Tom's greatest passions was his many leadership roles in the Royal Rangers Ministries and Kids Church at Praise Assembly of God.  He spent hundreds of hours serving God with these efforts.  Above all, he strove to Reach, Teach, and Keep Boys and Girls for Christ.

    Tom went home to see his Savior's face on March 1, 2009.

    The verse found in Philippians describes Tom's heart well: "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourself.  Each of you should look not only to your own interests but also to the interests of others." Phil 2:3-4

    At the memorial service one of his sons read "If He Came to Your House" from a falling-apart paper that Tom kept in his Bible.  In Tom's Bible was the following note:

    Lord, like I never knew it before.
    My life fleeting away-
    A simple prayer and my life came back.
    "One reason I came today"
    A prayer that said: Lord not yet, Let me help my wife raise the kids, let me see them grow up, and let me win some souls for you.
    Your life is not promised for tomorrow, you have that moment at hand. 30 seconds from now you might meet the Lord.

    If He Came to Your House

    When you saw Him coming, would you meet Him at the door
    With arms outstretched in welcome to your Heavenly Visitor?
    Or would you have to change your clothes before you let Him in?
    Or hide some magazines, and put the Bible where they had been?
    Would you hide your wordly music and put some hymnbooks out?
    Could you let Jesus walk right in, or would you rush about?

    And I wonder- if the savior spent a day or two with you,
    Would you go right on doing the things you always do?
    Would you go right on saying the things you always say?
    Would life for you continue as it does from day to day?
    Would you take Jesus with you everywhere you had planned to go?
    Or would you maybe change your plans for just a day or so?

    Would you be glad to have Him meet your very closest friends?
    Or would you hope they stay away until His visit ends?
    Would you be glad to have Him stay forever, on and on?
    Or would you sigh with great relief when He at last was gone?
    It might be interesting to know the things that you would do,
    If Jesus came in person to spend some time with you.


    From Sean Zamora - Tom's outpost at Pueblo Praise

    Steve Atencio's GMA presentation (TomH-Steve Atencio recieving his gold medal-640x480.JPG)
    At Steve Atencio's GMA presentation
    At an outing (TomH-tom at an outing.JPG)
    At an outing
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    At the Ranger Rodeo
    At an outpost awards ceremony (TomH-Tom at an outpost Awards Ceremony-599x740.JPG)
    At an outpost awards ceremony
    At a Pinewood Derby in 2006 (TomH-Tom at the Pinewood Derby in 2006.JPG)
    At a Pinewood Derby in 2006
    Talking to the church about the GMA (TomH-Tom talking to the church about the GMA-640x480.JPG)
    Talking to the church about the GMA
    Yes, just being Tom (TomH-tom.jpg)
    Yes, just being Tom!

    From Don Holden - Earlier photos of Tom

    Tom in 1958 (TomH 1958.jpg)
    Tom in 1968 (TomH 1968.jpg)

    From Randy Timmerman - pictures gathered over time.

    At the 2008 JTC. (TomH-2008 JTC 285-597x397.jpg)
    At the 2008 JTC.

    Cooking at Tip Top Ranch in July 2008. (TomH-2008 JTC 402-397x495.jpg)
    Cooking at Tip Top Ranch in July 2008.
    Enjoying his watermellon. (TomH-Being Tom.jpg)
    Enjoying his watermellon.
    The dedication of his grandson. (TomH-Dedication of Gson.jpg)
    The dedication of his grandson.
    At District Campout. (TomH-Tom at camp.jpg)
    At a District Campout.
    Family Camp in the mountains. (TomH-Tom at Fam Camp.jpg) 
    At Family Camp in the mountains.
    He loved to laugh. (TomH-Tom Laughing.jpg)
    Yes, he loved to laugh.
    Just being Tom (TomH-Tom1.jpg)
    Just being Tom!

    Updated 31 March 2009

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