Ralph P. Holding

September 13, 1922 ~ February 2, 2021


Feb. 8, 2021
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
2350 East 1300 South, Salt Lake City, Utah 84108
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    12:00 PM
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  • Ralph Pollard Holding, patriot, patriarch and proud American of the Greatest Generation, passed away February 2, 2021, from complications of a stroke, having served 98 fruitful years in his mortal calling. There is a joyous reunion in the eternal kingdom with the love of his life, Pauline, who he has missed every second since her passing October 1, 2008.

    Ralph was born September 13, 1922, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Franklin Eugene Holding and Reva Pearl Johnson Holding, the second oldest of three children. He grew up in the Avenues and graduated from West High School in 1939.

    He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in September of 1940 and left the U.S. in November, 1941, for service abroad. His ship had departed Pearl Harbor just seven days before the bombing on December 7, 1941. He often said, “the ship commander announced over the intercom, we are at war with Japan. We’ve been told we’re on our own.” During World War II, he served in Australia, India, China and the U.S. In the China-Burma-India Theater, he serviced many a B-25 and P-40 bombers, often under attack from enemy aircraft “We often dove into trenches to avoid the strafing of the Zeroes.” Later in life, he purchased some model airplane kits and constructed his own B-25 and P-40s. He was honorably discharged as a tech sergeant from the Air Corps in September, 1945.

    He attended the University of Utah. On February 14, 1947, Ralph married Pauline Walkingshaw, the light and love of his life, for time and all eternity in The Salt Lake Temple. They had been an inseparable couple for over 61 years when Pauline passed. They were blessed with two children, who both survive, Susan Kay Holding-Rosetta (Dick) of Midvale and Richard Michael Holding, Sr. (Tamera) of Sandy. Other survivors include two grandchildren, Kimberley Brooke Holding Cardon (Ben) of Lahaina, Maui, and Troy Michael Holding (Katherine M. McCollum), Heber City; five great-grandchildren, Dallin Cardon (currently serving an LDS Mission in Georgia), Hailey Cardon, Grace Cardon, Luke Cardon, and Isaac Cardon, all of Lahaina; sister-in-law Carol Holding; and numerous nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Helen Jean Holding Gerard; brother, Robert Earl Holding; a grandson, Richard Michael Holding II and a great granddaughter, Marielle Madeline Cardon.

    Ralph was employed by Mountain Bell and U.S. West for 42 years. He was a lineman, and an installer; was the Bingham Canyon Telephone Exchange manager, then the St. George Area Telephone Exchange manager; and served as Telephone Account Manager for the Utah State Government. He was a pioneer in developing the statewide Enhanced 911 service and was instrumental in communications protocol for the Utah visits of U.S. Presidents.

    Ralph was active in the Boy Scouts, serving as a Scoutmaster and as Great Salt Lake Council Treasurer and as an Executive Board Member. He earned his Wood Badge Beads and received the Vigil Honor in the Order of the Arrow. Ralph was an assistant Lodge Advisor and Area 2-A Western Region Advisor. He was recognized for 50 years in BSA Scouting and was a Silver Beaver recipient. He attended the first Boy Scout National Jamboree in 1937 in Washington, D.C., the first of his four jamborees.

    Ralph was an active member in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was a high priest in the Monument Park 14th Ward. He was involved in food drives and was the director for the Deseret Industries drive for the Monument Park Stake for several years. In the summer, neighbors could count on tomatoes the size of softballs from his garden.

    After his retirement from the phone company, Ralph enrolled in classes at Salt Lake Community College where he learned welding, cement work and ultimately cabinet-making. Many family members will continue to enjoy his wood-working masterpieces for years to come. He was a true wood-working artisan.

    Ralph and his beloved Pauline enjoyed traveling across the country, especially the Western U.S and southern Canada. In recent years, it was Ralph’s desire to visit the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. Family members accompanied him in touring the Memorial and the Iwo Jima Memorial. His son, Rick, was at his side on a subsequent Utah Honor Flight to D.C., where they toured all Memorials.

    Ralph was universally loved and will be missed by the legions of friends he made over
    the course of nearly a century. “Oh, we love Ralph,” has been a common refrain to family members, a phrase that will resonate throughout the ages.

    Services are scheduled Tuesday, Feb. 9, at noon at the Wasatch Hills Ward, 2255 S. Wasatch Dr., SLC. To view services, go to Zoom link, meeting I.D. 990 3663 2442, Passcode 053492. Friends and family will be welcomed at a viewing Monday, Feb. 8 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Larkin Sunset Lawn, 2350 E. 1300 South and one hour prior to services at the Ward on Tuesday. Covid19 protocol will be followed at all times.

    Graveside services for friends and family will be at the Salt Lake City Cemetery.


    Just heard of the passing of my cousin Ralph. I'm so sad to hear of this. My sincerest condolences to his family. I so enjoyed meeting and getting the know him. We shared a love for family history and chatted/visited often about that. I do know he will be so happy to be reunited with his beloved Pauline and enjoy reuniting with the many Holding family ancestors that we talked about. God bless his family at this time. I'm grateful to have gotten to know Ralph for myself.

    - Darle Taylor
    I am saddened to learn at this late date of Ralph's passing. It was a pleasure to meet him after he had learned of my blog of the Joseph Pollard family and more recently at the 200th anniversary celebration of Joseph Pollard. I will remember and regard highly Ralph P. Holding.

    - Ked Kirkham
    Cecilia and I were so glad we had the pleasure of meeting Ralph. In our conversations I know he lived an interesting life. We were saddened to hear of his passing and at the same time happy to know he had a long, wonderful life. Our deepest condolences to the Holding family. Jack and Cecilia McCollum.

    - Jack McCollum
    Ralph, you should not have done this,,, will miss our visits, and occasional lunch at Little America, Thanks for the friendship, always enjoyed our talks about WWII, and telephone folks, God speed !

    - Byron Lemmon
    Very sorry, Susan and Dick.

    - Brent Marrott
    Dear Holding Family, I am so grateful I became acquainted with Ralph and Pauline through family history. Ralph shared many photographs and family stories with me to include in my book about the Eardley and Holding families. I am proud to be a Holding cousin—Ralph’s grandfather Thomas Clayton Holding and my great-grandmother Mary Ann Holding Eardley were siblings. Ralph was so supportive and encouraging to me as I worked on my book. I am happy he and his dear wife are together again and I’m sure there is a HUGE Holding reunion in heaven as I write this. Please accept my sincere condolences at this time of mourning. May you be at peace through our Savior’s love. Thank you, dear Ralph, for being such a true and loyal friend to me. It was a privilege knowing you. Lovingly, Sheri

    - Sheri Eardley Slaughter