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Jack Holt (Root)

Profile Updated: October 13, 2020
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Jack Holt (Root)


Jack Holt (Root)


Yes! Attending Reunion
Residing In:
Bountiful, UT USA
Leanne - married 1974
Retired Software Sales from IBM in 2006
Children and grandchildren:
Ben - patent attorney in San Francisco and married with four of my grandchildren.
Chris - CEO of More…real estate company, CEO of Campman.com and manager Arups lab in Salt Lake City and married with grandchild on the way. In 2020, Chris has two children, boy and girl. Because his wife travels on two passports and the pandemic, his kids are going to school in Germany.
Kate - CPA in Eagle Pass, Texas and married and grandchild on the way, In 2020, Kate has left her CPA job to raise three girls in Gilbert Arizona.
Brian - web developer in Salt Lake City and married. Since this was update Brian has worked for Reddit, Netflix and Microsoft. In 2020 he is senior developer manager for Microsoft Cloud. We were going with him to St. Petersburg, Russia when the pandemic hit the US.
Military Service:
Army, Captain, Branch Military Intelligence  
What does the reality of turning 70 mean to you?

As I approach 70, I am filled with mixed emotions. I have had a great two years leading up to turning 70. The number of my grandchildren has double from 3 to 6. I had two girls and a boy born within 6 month giving me an equal number of girls and boys. I get great joy playing with all of my grandchildren. For example next week, my two older grandchildren and I are going skiing for week.

Last year, I caught the biggest rainbow of my life in Montana fishing near the Madison River, one of my favorite rivers. I had a great horseback ride with Jim and Sody Jones along the backbone of the Gallatin divide. I developed a deep love for the wilderness around Bozeman where I went to school in the 1960’s.

George Latus came to Salt Lake City with his racing team. George lived by me while we were growing up, helped me fix my 55 Chevy in high school and taught me how to change a clutch in my Buick Skylark at college. He kindly invited me and my older grandchildren to be his guest at the race. Even though my children and I are rookies at racing, George showed us a great time. My granddaughter fell in love with his race driver. George has always been good to me. My two years after the reunion have been fun and it was great to share experiences with longtime friends.

I wrote a book on my genealogy that I hope will be useful to my descendants. I was able to find link in my genealogy to the people who came over on the Mayflower, earlier pioneers in Utah and connections into the English kings. It was fun to write and learn some of these stories.

As I turn 70, I have been fortunate to have had good health. I do work at it by consisting exercising and continuing to work on mental projects. This year I will be doing my son’s accounting books. I have not thought about accounting since college. Thankfully, I have daughter who is a CPA who educates me from time to time. I do see that I am a little slower on the physical side and my memory is not as quick as it used to be. There is country song that reflects how I feel. It has line that says something like, “I am not as good as I once was, but I am as good once as I used to be.” I am sure that is not totally true, but I like to believe it is.

My thoughts in my 70’s is observing my descendants and what is some interesting trivia. Alex Holman plays on the Helena High basketball team, now in his senior. He is third generation of Holt’s to play basketball for Helena High. My son, Chris, was the second generation to play. I have granddaughter who has US and Spanish Passport. I told my son, Chris, when she is old enough, we should train her to do the Luge. We have Luge track here in Salt Lake City and Spain did not have any Luge athletes in the Winter Olympics. Since she is only 1, we have reasonable time to wait before that is possible.

In my plans for the future I want to go as hard as I did in my sixties as long as I can. My wife and I have a trip planned to Nepal in March. My younger sister is doing a church mission there. My goal is to fly around Mount Everest. I have given up the idea that I can walk 7 days to the 18,000 foot elevation base camp. I am still working on my goal to fly fish around the world. I still have not caught a Red Fish in Louisiana or Peacock Bass in Brazil. It is on my bucket list, but I have not put it on my calendar yet.

I reflect as I reach 70 about what age will do to my ability to have the stamina to do the things I want. I am excited to watch my family grow and make their contributions. In some way I would like to help them as my parents helped me. I hope so. I have included some pictures of my adventures and family since the reunion. May your 70’s be as great as your imagination allows.

Well in 2020, I am halfway through my 70's. It has been fun for me. I have traveled to China and Nepal. I took a plane and traveled along the Himalayan chain to see Mount Everest and rode elephants in southern Nepal. I travel to Mexico City to visit a cousin who was serving a church mission. It was extremely interesting city from poverty to super wealthy. I saw the most expensive TV in Department store there. The price tag was $40,000. I continue to fish around the world. I have been to Christmas Island a 1000 miles south of Hawaii and to Cuba just before the pandemic. I had my home flight cancel from Cuba and had to fly through Canada to get home. Except for 2020 and the loss of classmates, the 70's have been to good to me.

Favorite High School Memory:

My most embarrassing moment in high school was at the Missoula Sentinel basketball game in Helena. Missoula Sentinel basketball team was one of the best ever basketball teams to play in Montana. Our team had played them in Missoula and lost by 36 points. Their guards were as tall as our center. Helena had had an ice storm so Missoula fans came to Helena on a train. The stands were packed. Our team was playing a stalling game only taking the best shots. I think our team was ahead. I was put in the first half of the game. I got a break away on fast break. I think Gary Eathorne, our classmate, was on the left. Missoula had one defender in front of me. To this day I do not know why I decided to do something fancy, I threw the ball behind my back. I missed Gary by a mile and the ball went into the stands. I was immediately pulled from the game. The funny part was that I was so excited about this game, I was wearing my jersey backwards. Needless to say, I did not play the rest of the game.

What have you been up to:

I graduated in electrical engineering from MSU and received my masters of business administration from U of M. I began my career as 1st Lieutenant in the army at the Pentagon working on a computer model that was used to help the army go to zero draft. My highest rank obtained was Captain at the end of a 2 year obligation. I then became a second line manager at Montana Dept of Highways. I managed the development of a new accounting system that was part of a larger project of building the first statewide budget and accounting system for the State of Montana. In 1974 during the month of July and August I joined IBM, married the love of my life and moved to Billings. In Billings my team won the conversion of Honeywell to IBM computers for Husky Oil in Cody, WY. I moved to Cody where I helped Husky convert all their computer applications and help them design, build and implement a new data center. I moved to Dallas, TX with IBM to teach new IBMers how install large systems software. I did a quick leave of absence to Belgium where I studied advanced computer science technologies and I wrote a case study to be used in Europe education classes. I moved to Washington DC to manage large federal projects. My largest win was $2 billion project to re-engineer the Navy supply depots around the world. Montana was still in my soul. I took a demotion and moved back to Helena to work on Montana's largest accounts including the state of Montana. IBM reorganized and I was sadden that I needed to move to Salt Lake City. My territory expanded to Idaho, Montana, Nevada and Utah but my product line narrowed to software only sales. In 2006 I retired from IBM. I still live in Salt Lake City.

What directions are you taking with your life now?

In 2011, my wife and I started marrying off our last three children. My first son was already married for several years and had three children. In September of 2011 my second son married a German girl and were married in World War II bombed out hunting lodge in Frankfurt Germany. In December 2011 my second child, Kate, was married here in Salt Lake city. In August of 2012 my last son, Brian was married here in Salt Lake City as well. We suddenly looked around and ourselves with no one in college and realized we were empty-nesters.

Flashback to my return from Washington DC to Montana, I was very busy traveling with IBM. I needed an activity that I could spend day or week depending on the busy schedule. I fell in love with the sport of fly fishing. As I became better at the sport, I fished different rivers in Montana. My sons like to fly fish as well and they talked me into my first salt trip to Ascension Bay in Mexico for Bonefish. I had such a good time I began traveling to new fishing venues. I like both freshwater and salt water fishing. My fishing trips have included Utah, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, California, Alaska, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Belize, Russia and Norway. The species of fish that I have taken are a good many varieties in the trout family, Bonefish, Maco and Blue Shark, Dolly Varden, Chum Salmon, Chinook Salmon, Steelhead Salmon and many others. I am still have many places on my bucket list that I want to visit. Some of these fish and venues I want to visit are Tiger fish in Africa, Peacock Bass in Brazil and Red Fish in Louisiania. I still enjoy fishing in Montana and return each year to fish somewhere fun.

My wife loves to travel to more urban and historical places. She was a language major in college and speaks fluent German and to lesser degrees in French and Spanish. I expect we will see some of the major cities of world as we become more senior citizens.

Our plans are to stay in Salt Lake City. We like being close to grandchildren so there could be move in our future depending where are kids permanently settle.

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I thoroughly enjoyed your music at the Rendezvous. I knew you talented. I just did not realized what I was missing. I was impressed. Thank you for coming to play for us at the Rendezvous.

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I want to wish you a happy birthday. I have been reflecting on our relationship over the years. I have this nightmare that keeps recurring of the BSA motorcycle that you sold just before college. The motorcycle always quit running at high elevations. Ernie Hanson had to pull out of the back country. I can't tell you how much mud I ate being pull out down those muddy trails. My gift to you is total forgiveness for selling me that motorcycle. I hope you had a great birthday and take care of one my favorite people, Bonnie.

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Dec 17, 2020 at 12:41 PM

I want to make one more comment based on Jim Lenhart's insite to Tim and Miss. Baker.  I came from Idaho in the winter to live in Helena.  My teacher was also Miss. Baker.  She used to chew me out all the time for being late to class when I was playing basketball at the YMCA located below Central School and she would constantly be telling me to take my hands out of my pockets.  My Mother replaced Miss Baker for the rest of school year after her nervous break down.  I think my Mother replaceing her was good for everybody in the class except for me, because my Mom said I had to behave while I was in her class.  Tim told me at one of Dennis Dickert's picnics if I knew why Miss Baker put her head on her desk and would stare out the window.  I said I had no idea.  Tim went on to say that he asked her that question.  She responded that she expected Jesus to come through that window.  This supports Jim's idea of about her being a wacko.  I am not sure that those people who attended her class did not inherit some her wackoness in each students own way.  I cannot talk for Jim or Tim, but I know I blame some of my off the wall behavior on attending that class.  Jim and I will have to compete for Tim's time in the next life.  Jim can play baseball and I will see if I can get a tennis match.  It was fun to know Tim.

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Dec 02, 2020 at 11:46 AM

It tough for me to see that Tim is now gone.  We competed against each other over our high schools years.  My first time was running for freshman class president.  I still remember his speech in the auditorium.  His speech was full of humor and he exhibited a message of caring and warmth that mine did not have.  He and I competed on the tennis court many times.  He was always ranked above me.  One day, he saw me playing against a backstop.  He had noticed. that my grip was not right.  He had no reason to help me, but he did and it made me better.  We went separate directions after high school.  When we would see each other, I could still feel the warmth of his friendship.  Maybe in our next life, we can play again to see if my game has improved.  I will miss you.  Jack H.

Oct 13, 2020 at 8:01 AM

Dennis, As per your instructions, I have updated my profile in grandchildren and my 70's. I added some photos such as riding elephants in Nepal and fishing on Christmas Island. It will interesting to see what other classmates of done.

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Nepal - Riding Elephants in National Park
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Cuba - Guide holding a Bonefish
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Posted on: Sep 30, 2020 at 2:10 PM

Jim, I am so sorry for the loss of your son. We are getting to age that our love ones start to leave us. For the love ones that have left me, my believe system provides me with the knowledge that I will see him in another life. If this was my son, I believe death is not the last sleep. It is an eternal awaking. Death is not the ending, it is a change marking the beginning of a more abundant life. We sometimes think of death as parting, which is true, but just think of meeting in eternity where bonds will never again be broken. Death is not going away, it is returning home. Your son will always be in your heart. When our time comes we know we will be together again forever.

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Posted on: Nov 29, 2018 at 7:37 AM

Rich, I just viewed your piece on PBS. I was touched for three reasons: 1, The excellence of work that you have accomplished in documenting and capturing the images of old Montana. 2. The passion and desire you continue to show for doing such magnificent work. 3. The lasting value of the art that will stay after we are gone. Through my life, I have met many people, but only a few of these people in their field of endeavor could say they have made this kind of contribution. I am proud to call you a classmate and a friend.

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Happy birthday. Hope you're making plans to join the reunion party. And thanks for keeping this great site alive.

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Cross Country Skiing with Jim Jones
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Rainbow Trout caught near the Madison River
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George Latus' race truck at Larry Miller Speedway, Utah
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Jim and Sody Jones horseback ride on the Madison Divide