GIG HARBOR, Wash. — John Elton Holmes, 73, formerly city manager in Casa Grande, died peacefully in Tacoma, Washington, on Nov. 9, 2019.
Mr. Holmes was born in Hamilton, Ohio, on Oct. 25, 1946, to Ernest and Margaret Holmes. He attended and graduated from Sandusky High School in 1964 and received a bachelor’s degree in 1968. He obtained a master’s degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1970. He retired in 2005 after spending his working years as city manager for Casa Grande and Redlands and Riverside, California. In Flagstaff, he worked as Coconino County manager and was interim city manager for the city.
Over the years, he was active in Rotary and the Redlands YMCA. He was a devoted member of Episcopal churches and through the years taught Sunday school, played in two bell choirs and was senior warden at Episcopal Church of the Epiphany in Flagstaff. He was best known for his smile and devotion to family.
He had a marvelous sense of humor and laughed often. He loved the outdoors and hiking. In Flagstaff, he spent numerous hours working in the forest with friends building elk and antelope fences. He also enjoyed biking and fly fishing.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Mike, and is survived by his wife of 49 years, Julie Wanner Holmes; a daughter, Katharine Eilers of Gig Harbor; a son, Richard of Moss Beach, California; and four grandchildren, of whom he was very proud.
Service will be Nov. 27 at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Gig Harbor. A celebration of life will be held in San Francisco on June 27, 2020.
Memorial gifts may be made to Alzheimer’s Association or a local Episcopal church.
Haven of Rest in Gig Harbor in charge of arrangements.