Merle B. Holman, 68, of Oakdale passed away peacefully, after a short illness on Wednesday, June 26, with his mother Beverly and son Josh at his side. He was very appreciative of the support of his family and friends as he moved on to a better place.
Burt was born in Modesto and went to Modesto schools through the 6th grade. The family moved to Oakdale when he began 7th grade. They called him “High Water” because his pants were too short. He graduated from Oakdale High class of 1969 with the honors of “Biggest Line.” His brother Dan kept the tradition in “71.”
Burt was a carpenter by trade and worked for multiple family business including Holman Scales, Holman Craftsmen Inc., Black Jack Bluff Estates, Bev’s Boat Rentals & Mini Mart, and Poker Flat Resort.
Everyone who knew Burt would say that he was always in great spirits, positive, and he could always make you laugh! Burt was a great dad, grandfather, son, brother, uncle, and friend. If you called on him he would always come through. He was always willing to help his family and friends at the drop of a hat. Burt enjoyed working with his dad and brothers in their multiple family businesses and played an enduring role in their many successes. Whether he was running parts for Merle and Dan, or helping Mike in the orchards, Burt was always there. If there was a family or a friend in the hospital, Burt would visit every day, if he could. He was a very compassionate and caring soul. To know Burt was to love him, and he loved everyone!
Burt enjoyed snow and water skiing in his younger years. His pastimes were collecting antiquities, spending time in the mountains, camping, visiting friends, family, and grandchildren. Burt’s greatest joys were his grandchildren who he loved to brag about, give presents to, and call nicknames. His favorite place to eat was Ferrarese’s Deli in Oakdale. He loved a 5 a.m. doughnut, and had a passion for candy bars.
A special thank you to the people at Oakdale Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for their loving care and support during his final days.
Burt leaves behind his mother Beverly, two brothers Dan (Betty) and Mike (Jeanne) of Oakdale as well his son Josh (Allyson), daughters, Heidi and Dana, six grandchildren, one great-grandchild.
Come join the family in a Celebration of Life for Burt at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 27, 2019 in the backroom of the historical H-B Saloon in Oakdale. Bring your stories and share a memory.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Burt’s name may be sent to the Oakdale Rescue Mission, PO BOX 1147 Oakdale, CA 95361. OakdaleRescueMission.org