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Information for Floyd John Holton

12 December, 1913 - 16 August, 1993

From the Idaho Press-Tribune

August, 1993
Contributed by Dennis McIndoo


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Floyd Holton

    Floyd John Holton, 79, of Ontario, Ore., died August 16, 1993, in an Ontario nursing home.  Memorial services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday at the Lienkaemper Funeral Chapel in Ontario with Rev. Earl Traughber of the Fruitland Church of the Brethren and Pastor Robert Pitts of the Ontario Church of the Nazarene officiating.  A private family graveside service will be held at Greenleaf, Idaho.
    Floyd was born to John and Myrtle Holton on Dec. 12, 1913, at Gate, Oklahoma.  He spent his early childhood years on the farms in Oklahoma and Colorado, attending school at Union, OK, and Walsh, CO.  In 1934 he moved with his parents to Greenleaf, Idaho.  He married Florence Rinard in 1938.  Their first four years of marriage were spent improving a 120-acre sagebrush ranch near Homedale.  In 1942 they moved to a 160-acre homestead south of Fruitland.  Because of the beauty of the landscaping around their home, it was used by various government agencies to demonstrate how desert land could be developed by irrigation.  Pictures were sent to Washington, D.C., and other reclamation offices.
    The Holtons left the farm and moved into Fruitland in 1961.  Floyd worked as appraiser of property for Payette County and later for Malheur County in Oregon. Always interested in community and civic affairs, in 1965 he was elected to the village council of Fruitland and appointed chairman of the board.  He became the first elected mayor of Fruitland when it was changed to city status in 1967.  He resigned as mayor in 1971 to live in Ontario because of his duties working for the Malheur County assessor's office.
    In 1967 Floyd was elected assessor of Malheur County, which office he held until his retirement in 1980.  
   He was an active member of the Brethren Church for many years while in Fruitland.  After moving to Ontario in later years he became a member of the First Church of the Nazarene in Ontario.  Both of these churches had a special place in his life.  He spent many years singing bass in church and community choirs, and especially enjoyed singing in male quartets in the communities where he lived.  After retiring he enjoyed oil painting and took special pride in his lawn and flowers.
    He is survived by his wife, Florence, of Ontario; one son and wife, James and Verla of Ontario; one daughter and husband, Linda and Tom Coates of Boise; four grandchildren, David Coates and wife Kelly, Jason Holton, Georgie Holton, and Tinley Vickers and husband Ozzie; three great-grandchildren, Zachary Coates, and Travis and Shasta Vickers; two brothers, John of Middleton and Rex of Boise; one sister, Betty McIndoo of Greenleaf; and numerous nieces and nephews.
    He was preceded in death by his parents two brothers, and two sisters.
    The family suggest memorials be made to United Cerebral Palsey, 5530 Emerald, Boise, Presbyterian Community Care Center, 1035 N. Oregon; or flowers may be sent.

 



 

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