Jerrol Lynn Holtby

June 18, 1948 ~ April 19, 2021


April 22, 2021
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Larkin Sunset Gardens 1950 East Dimple Dell Road, Sandy, UT 84092
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    April 23, 2021
    12:00 PM
    Larkin Sunset Gardens, 1950 East Dimple Dell Road, Sandy, UT
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  • Jerrol Lynn Holtby, beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, returned to his heavenly home after a quick and courageous battle with cancer. He passed away early Monday morning in his home surrounded by family.

    Lynn was born June 18, 1948 in Salt Lake City, Utah to John "Jack" and Wanda Holtby. He attended Granite High School and received a music scholarship to the University of Utah where he graduated in Business and played drums with the music group Hamilton Court. It was during that time that he met his eternal companion, Christine Diane McDonald. They quickly fell in love and married June 8, 1973. They had three children and twelve grandchildren.

    Lynn retired from Stor-N-Lock where he worked for 18 years as a project developer. He enjoyed the wonderful people he worked with for so many years but looked forward to retired living. He had many hobbies including music, golf, building and boating but his greatest joy was being with his family. Lynn will always be remembered for his kind heart and willingness to serve. He loved to help others with home renovations, fixing cars, serving in scouts, etc. He knew everything, truly, and was so willing to humbly help his neighbors.

    Dad, we couldn’t have had a more Christ like example in our lives than you. Though we know we will see you again we will miss you every day. Thank you for being the wonderful father you were.

    Lynn is survived by his wife, Christine Holtby, brother Gary (Vicki) Margetts, brother Dennis (Barbara) Holtby, children Emily (Max), Sara (Mike), Mike and 12 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Dee (Wanda) Thompson.

    A viewing will be held in his honor at Larkin Sunset Gardens 1950 East Dimple Dell Road (10600 South), Sandy, UT on Thursday, April 22, 2021 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Graveside service will be held at 12:00 noon on Friday, April 23, 2021 at Larkin Sunset Gardens Cemetery. Please share a memory or condolence with the Lynn's family at


    Dear Chris (and family), I was saddened to learn of Lynn's passing. I remember him and you fondly and our times together playing music and enjoying our camaraderie in the University of Utah bands. We had a lot of fun. I also remember having the honor of serving as Lynn's best man at your wedding. While I have fallen out of touch, it is obvious that you two had a wonderful life together with three children and 12 grand children. You are to be congratulated and continued to be blessed. Despite the distance in time, I still remember my benefiting from Lynn's light-hearted nature, his down-to-earth practical thinking and his personal friendship. I wish you comfort as you adjust to this new phase of life. Sincerely, Bill

    - Bill Petuskey
    Dear Chris, Emily,Sarah,and Mike What a wonderful time we had raising our families on Oak Valley Drive. Such fun summers with block parties and great winters with Lynn pulling all the neighborhood kids on sleds behind his truck!! So scary but so fun. So many memories All of you have a place forever in the Lee’s hearts

    - Richard and Rose Lee
    My condolences to you and your loved ones. I remember Lynn in our early years. We would see each other mostly in the Dennis Holtby gatherings. I remember him as a fun guy, easy to be around.

    - Jill Margetts- Moshier (Gary's sister)
    I am so sorry to hear about Lynn’s passing. I spent many childhood afternoons at the Holtby home playing with Emily. Lynn was always so welcoming, kind and happy to be around. He and Chris made everyone feel at home there. They have been great neighbors to my family and especially my parents. I’m sure Lynn’s family will miss him dearly. Grateful that families are forever!

    - Stephanie Quinton
    Holtby Family I’m so sorry. Lynn was always so kind any time I interacted with him. Matt and I remember him consistently having a smile to greet us and his smile will always remain in my memory. I enjoyed many experiences at the Holtby residence growing up and have only fond memories of how he interacted with us as teenagers. I’m sorry you lost him so soon and so suddenly. Our prayers are with you all. Much love Matt and Trisha Deming.

    - Trisha Deming
    I have fond memories of Lynn at the dance concerts and football games- cheering on the drill team. He had a happy, gentle way about him. Whenever we were hanging out at Sara's he would show up with the guitar in the kitchen, the tools for our outdoor shenanigans or at least the perfect dad joke. I'll remember Lynn as kind and loving! He will be missed. What a great life he lived!! Sending my love.

    - Jill LaRiviere
    Lynn, I loved hearing about you always helping your grandchildren with different experiments and projects. It varied from school projects to the Pinewood Derby to school field day to much more. Thank you for teaching Maxwell about work by allowing him to work beside you in your yard and your neighbors. And finally, thank you for giving me an amazing friend in your beautiful and loving daughter, Sara.

    - Abby Pohlman
    Lynn served as a very fun and dedicated scoutmaster for 17 years. I was privileged to assist him for part of that time. He was always more than prepared, and the boys learned what they needed to, while enjoying themselves at the same time. He will be missed by many for his many skills, service, and positive attitude.

    - Jim Dallas
    My sincere condolences on Lynn's passing. I will always remember what a good-natured, friendly and caring person he was. I have very fond memories of attending scouting activities in Lynn's garage or basement, tinkering around with projects and earning merit badges. I also appreciate the great friendship that Lynn and Chris have had with my parents over the years. He will truly be missed but I know you all will be together again.

    - Christopher Jones
    Hi Chris. It’s Gary’s ex, Susan. Jill sent me Lynn’s obit. So sorry to hear of his passing. Always liked him...a great guy! It’s been many years since we’ve seen each other. I hope you and your family are doing ok. Love, Susan.

    - Susan Margetts Taylor