Gordon Holm

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Gordon Holm, 77, of Payson died Aug. 5, 2007. He was born Oct. 26, 1930 in Hutchinson, Kan. and raised on a wheat farm.

He attended local schools in Kansas and joined the Navy at the outbreak of the Korean War. He was sent to Officers Training School and later Navy Flight School in Pensacola, Fla. He was commissioned as a U. S. Marine Corps Officer and served as a combat pilot in the Korean War, flying the Corsair aircraft.

Mr. Holm worked in law enforcement in Wichita, Kan. while completing his bachelor's of arts degree.

He was active in the Marine Corps Reserve as a Marines pilot and squadron commanding officer.

He and his wife, Carol, arrived in Phoenix during the late 1960s, where he obtained his master's degree from Arizona State University and entered the field of education.

He worked as a teacher and official at both the Shadow Mountain and Horizon High Schools in Phoenix.

He retired from the Marine Corps Reserve as a Lt. Col. of Marines. He was the commandant of the Rim Country Detachment of the Marine Corps League and a member of the Payson Pilots and many other local civic and veterans organizations.

He is survived by his wife, Carol of Payson; sister, Barbara Edwards of Virginia; son Col. Randall W. Holm, USMC, of Norfolk, Va.; and four grandchildren, Lauren, Lesleigh, Madeline and Leighton.

A memorial service is planned for 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 11 at the Holy Nativity Church, 1414 N. Easy St., Payson.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Payson Humane Society Building Fund.

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