Stephen Earl Holmes born on May 21, 1940, passed away on July 22, 2012. He grew up in Yakima, Wash. and later attended University of Washington. His career began as a commercial pilot on October 2, 1967 for West Coast Airlines and through mergers and acquisitions, AirWest, Hughes Airwest, then Republic, and finally retired from Northwest Airlines.

Steve spent many summers on Whidbey Island with his family as a youngster, and eventually moved here to live on Whidbey Island for more than 20 years. During this time he contributed much time and effort, giving back to the community he so enjoyed. He owned Toby’s Tavern in Coupeville for about 10 years and then moved on to become an active volunteer with the “Central Whidbey Lions Club”, “The Master Gardeners’ Club”, and the “Langley Soup Kitchen”. He loved cooking and createdspecial soups there, devoting many hours to help meet the mission of the soup kitchen.

Steve was always there to assist his deceased wife’s many projects with the Island County Beach Watchers Organization and support her through her battle with cancer for over 7 years. As a neighbor and friend to many, Steve could always be counted on to lend a helping hand whenever needed.

Steve also became a talented wood carver and caster of bronze masks; he also recently started guitar lessons and was working to master the guitar.

Steve is survived by his sons: Brad, Bret, and Todd and his beloved golden Lab, Chester. He was preceded in death by Jan in December of 2011. He also leaves behind numerous friends who will miss him greatly.

Services for Steve were held at his home, 1944 Fircrest Ave, Coupeville, WA 98239 on Sunday, August 19 from 2pm to 5pm with a potluck dinner. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Central Whidbey Lions Club or Island County Beach Watchers Organization.

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