John L. Holt, Lt.Col, USAF (ret) passed away on May 13, 2022. He is survived by his daughter, Laurie E. Holt of Little Rock and preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Mary A. Holt. Colonel Holt was born in Gainesville, Georgia. He graduated from Highland Park High School, Illinois, and received his college degree from The University of Nebraska at Omaha. In the military he flew fighters, bombers, transports, and helicopters. He served a tour in Iceland, Spain, and two tours in Vietnam where he was shot down near the DMZ and barely escaped capture. He was Commander of the C-130 Rescue Squadron and two Helicopter Detachments in Vietnam. He was awarded two Distinguished Flying Crosses, six Air Medals, Bronze Star, two Commendation Medals, and the Purple Heart. After retirement in 1973 his employer sent him to Little Rock where he worked until retirement in 2015. He was President of Avis Truck Rental, Vice President of Baker Leasing Corporation, and District Manager for Gelco Corporation. He served on the Board of Directors for Baker Leasing Corporation and Baker Car and Truck Rental. For many years he was a commercial property manager for Vogel Enterprise. He was a past President of the Arkansas Car and Truck Rental Association. In lieu of any flowers he wishes any donations be made to the Pulaski County Humane Society. He will be buried next to his wife in Bainbridge, Georgia. Funeral arrangements are pending.
Published May 17, 2022