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Daniel William Holden

May 1, 1934September 15, 2019

Daniel William Holden was born May 1st, 1934, in Anaheim, CA, the second son of George and Madge Holden. Dan and his brother Steve grew up as Orange County grew. Their father was the first District Attorney and County Counsel of Orange County, and City Attorney of Anaheim. The boys played in orange groves, raised bantam roosters and ducks, and thrived.

Dan was student body president of Fremont Jr. High, and at Anaheim Union High School he was captain of the tennis team. Summers he had various jobs such as irrigating orange groves and working for the Orange County Road Department. He started hiking as a teenager with his brother and friends. One year they hiked the trails of Yosemite, and they had the park to themselves. This was an enduring memory for Dan.

He attended UC Berkeley from 1951-1955, majoring in Forestry. He roomed with his life-long friend, Lee Webb. They climbed Mt Whitney and had many other hiking adventures. He learned the names of all the different trees and later tried to teach his children and grandchildren without much success. In the summer one of his jobs was managing the Latour State Forest near Redding.

Dan loved the forest, but not fighting fires, so he decided to attend law school. He earned his JD from Loyola Law School in 1958, earning the William Tell Aggeler Award for having the highest grade point average in his class, as well as the J. Rex Dibble award for highest cumulative GPA.

He worked for Kindel & Anderson until 1960, then opened his own law firm in Fullerton, then Anaheim, representing various companies and individuals. In 1976 he was appointed the first counsel for the Diocese of Orange, and represented them for 30 years. When he moved to Wrightwood he worked in San Bernardino and assisted with matters for the Diocese of San Bernardino.

Dan married the love of his life, Dee Dee, in 1958. He and Dee Dee had five daughters: Teresa, Anne, Marisa, Margie and Joy. Joy only lived for seven months, but was a blessing to the family, and a comfort to him in his final years. Later on, his happiness increased when he welcomed into the family his sons-in-law Kevin, Ray and Mark.

Dan was a kind, hardworking, generous person. He loved his family, he loved his work, he loved the mountains. The family enjoyed trips to Balboa Island, vacations in Mammoth Lakes, tennis, skiing, hiking and their cabin in Wrightwood. Dan was always involved with his children and each child felt his love and support.

Throughout his lifetime Dan valued participation in his parish. He was involved with many ministries including religious education, finance committee, and the lector ministry. He was on the board of Cornelia Connelly High School, St. Catherine’s Academy, and various Catholic charitable organizations.

In his later years he loved spending time with his grandchildren Holden, Amanda, Charlie, Reed, Sam, India, Ted, Franny, Max and Abbey, and his great grandchildren Marina and Gianna. All of them felt loved and appreciated by him. He was in his element whenever his grandkids were involved. They remember hiking with him, big family dinners, and visits from him while they were in college. He welcomed with open arms the newest members of the family: Megan, married to Reed, and Kelly, Holden’s fiancé.

Dan was loyal, loving, honest, compassionate, and the best husband, dad and grandad ever. We celebrate his life.

In lieu of flowers, you may make donations to: St. Vincent de Paul OLS/SJS c/o. St. Junipero Serra 8820 Sheep Creek Rd. Phelan, CA 92371


  • Rosary

    Wednesday, September 25, 2019

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, September 26, 2019

  • Family Private Inurnment

    Friday, September 27, 2019


Daniel William Holden

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LINDA Carr-Horton

September 26, 2019

I am unable to be honoring Dan today at his funeral.
After my Father's death, I met Dan in 1976 for his legal services.
The 33 years of knowing him, his values of honesty and fairness never changed.
My sincere condolences to the family.

Linda Carr-Horton

June Meade

September 23, 2019

Dear Dee Dee,
I’m so very sorry to hear of your loss.
It’s been many years since we were kids at St. Boniface, but I remember you fondly.
May God be with you and comfort you and your family.
June Hutain Meade

Laura Gallagher Lopez

September 23, 2019

My sincere condolences to Dee Dee and all of the Holden family, including my former high school classmate, Anne. I came to know Dan and Dee Dee through my parents, also residents of Wrightwood. They both attended Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church, which is where we met. Dee Dee, my heart goes out to you and your family. Sending my prayers, love and hugs to you.

Lawrence Weaver

September 23, 2019

Someone who was always saying "HELLO", in the halls or on the street. I didn't know him as a friend, but as a "buddy", and I respected him for who he was.
Sorry for the Family loss and May the Angels guide him and honor him for who was. I will remember him always.
Larrye Weaver

Marshall Watne

September 22, 2019

Dan always treated me as part of the family. I have fond memories of hiking the peaks outside of Mammoth with him. He never let me win in racket ball, not once.

Tony & MaryAlice Valdez

September 21, 2019

We have fond memories of Dan while at St Boniface Church and School.
Our prayers go forth for the happy repose of his beautiful soul. God rest his soul.
Our deepest condolences to Dee Dee and the family.

MaryAlice and Tony

Jo An Burdick - Gottlieb

September 21, 2019

Dear Dee Dee , Family and loved ones and friends - On behalf of Anaheim High School Alumni , myself and our class of Anaheim High 1951, know we all are sad to read that Dan has made the transition to our Heavenly Father. He will surely be missed. Dan and I were officers of the senior class ( He was Treasure and I Secretary ), I remember even in high school the love he had for Dee Dee. My husband and I had Dan draw up our living trust, and we enjoyed seeing him over the reunion years. I posted this on my Facebook page, and have had several leave notes of sympathy and memories . God be with you Much love to all, JO


September 20, 2019

My deepest condolences to the entire Holden Family. I have so many fond memories of time spent with Margie in your home in Anaheim, as well as your Wright wood Cabin, playing games, staining the cabin deck, picking mint by the stream and hanging out at the Lake. I remember going on my first backpacking excursion with Mr. Holden and Margie in Mammoth. He taught us so much about proper packing of our packs and how to survive in the wilderness. He was a wonderful man and will be greatly missed. May you find peace in your many happy memories. Love to you all!


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