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Greenwood Memory Lawn Mortuary & Cemetery

719 North 27Th Ave, Phoenix, AZ

OBITUARY

Paul Frederick Holzer

July 10, 1925November 25, 2019
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Born July 10, 1925 in Montevideo MN. Parents were Roy Alvin Holzer, a railroad conductor, and his mother was Madge Marie Williams, a nurse. He had an older sister Lois and younger brother Wayne. He went to Montevideo High School where he played football. He joined the Navy in 1943, but was discharged before serving overseas. He graduated with a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Minnesota and worked for IBM in Japan. Later, working for Univac, he was part of the team that installed Arizona's first computer at Arizona Public Service. At APS, he met his wife Ida Howlett and they settled into their home in Central Phoenix where they had two children, David Holzer and Karen Baklouti. He worked for APS for 30 years and retired in 1987.

Paul was a founding member of the APS hiking club, the Kactus Kickers. He led the group on many backpacking trips and also enjoyed rock climbing, camping and mushroom collecting. Paul liked to credit his longevity to participating in the Phoenix College exercise class which he went to three times a week for 25 years. He and Ida were also very active in the Granada neighborhood association and served several times as president. They also participated in the Block Watch on patrol and reported crime to the police and painted out graffiti.

Paul was a quiet, but strong presence and always had a good attitude and a curiosity for figuring things out and starting new projects. He believed the secret to his long life was keeping a good routine. Despite heart failure and COPD in recent years, he stayed as active as he could. He was a good man and a loved father and will be greatly missed.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, December 4, 2019
  • Service Wednesday, December 4, 2019

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Karen Baklouti

December 3, 2019

Dad was truly a great guy to get as a father. I hope I can represent him well thru the rest of my life. To have him for so long will leave a really big hole when it comes to support, love, and advice.

Joel Spitzkoff

December 3, 2019

I'm sorry to hear of Paul's passing. I'll be forever indebted to Paul for a number of things. When I first started working for APS in January, 1978 Paul welcomed me in the Rate Dept. and mentored me on many technical issues for the first couple of years. Every Wednesday or Thursday he would call me into his office and show me pictures of the hikes he had taken the previous weekend. He would hound me to take a hike and bring my young son. Well after about two years I took him up on his offer and we hike up Granite Mtn in Prescott. My son and I had a ball. From that point on I was hooked. Being a NY city kid this outdoor thing was a new and exciting experience. we also went on a number of backpack outings and we would tent together on a number of them. he taught me on what and what not to do when hiking and backpacking. I cherish those outtings.

Paul outlasted all of the Rate Dept. "old timers" Glen Smith and Frank Reese and even some of the younger ones. Heck I'm in my mid 70's myself.

Again my deepest sympathy to Paul's children, he loved you guys and always spoke about you.

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