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December 2, 1936 - November 1, 2021

Don Holzer made his final grand gesture on November 1, 2021, at the age of 84, signing off on a life well-lived and full of love for his family and friends. Don lost his battle with cancer much sooner than expected.

Don was born on December 2, 1936 in Regina, SK. to the late John and Paulina (née Folk) Holzer. He grew up the oldest of twelve children and had a passion for sports all his life and most specifically, Basketball and Racquetball. He played on many basketball championship teams at Campion College, again on the University of Saskatchewan Huskies, and played many, many years in the Regina Senior men’s league. He also refereed high school and university basketball in Regina, much to his children’s dismay, as he somehow managed to referee their games. He would always boast about having three provincial champions in the family as he, Brian, and Dawn all won a title in high school. Such a coveted accomplishment to him.

Don always had an entrepreneurial spirit and would talk to anyone about whatever new venture he was involved with. He was the eternal optimist and could sell anything to anyone. Don had a huge heart and loved to have deep, meaningful conversations with those he loved. Whenever Don met someone new, he would make a point of really getting to know them. He made sure to find one-on-one time with that person and ask about their life and how they fit into “the picture”, meaning, how did you fit into his family.

Don is survived by his loving wife, Carol Taylor; his three children Brian (Chrissy) of Regina, SK, Ron (Kelli) of Winnipeg, MB, and Dawn (Scott) Burt of Boston, MA, United States; grandsons Mack, Zack, Jake, Declan, Daniel and Marc; stepchildren Leslie of Calgary, AB and Ken (Jennifer) of Brisbane, QLD, Australia; and 3 step-granddaughters Kristin, Laura (Brett), and Cassie of Calgary, AB; first great-grandson Grady; sister-in-law Joy Henderson and family; and his former wife Pat Holzer. Left with decades of fond memories and colorful stories are Don’s siblings John (Terry), Ed (Theresa), Gerry (Fay), Leona (Harold) Peterson, Carol (Larrie) Strecker, Wayne (Brenda), Linda (Harvey), Al (Gwen), and Merv (Linda). He also has many nieces and nephews, whom he loved dearly. Don was predeceased by his loving brothers Gregory and Ken, sister-in-law Mary, and niece Charlene.

He was most proud of his role of grandpa. He loved having heart-to-heart conversations with each grandchild and always asked about what was going on in their lives. He even had a hand in getting his grandson, Jake, drafted number one in the 2021 CFL draft.

Don and Carol have lived in Kelowna, BC for 27 very happy years. Don's second love was Racquetball including the great camaraderie he had with all the other players; it was like a special "brotherhood". Another happy time for Don and Carol, was their home away from home (the beach lot and trailer) where they had 18 years with great friends and family. Memories forever. After retiring, Don and Carol spent many winters in Mexico with friends Don and Wen, and also Mesa, AZ, United States.

If you knew Don at all, you knew he loved a good party. What would have made him happiest, would be to have his family and friends gather to say cheers! So come share a toast and something to eat, and tell your best Don story to us all. A Celebration of Life will be held on SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2021, at 1:00 PM (PST) at, Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC (following Covid-19 restrictions, this service will require attendees to show proof of vaccination and a gov. issued photo ID, wear a mask, and the number of attendees will be limited). IF YOU WISH TO ATTEND, PLEASE REGISTER (click direct link below).

If you are unable to attend in person, please join the family online by livestream, a recording will be made available to view shortly thereafter.

To register to attend, view the Livestream/recording, or send the family condolences, please visit his obituary page at www.springfieldfuneralhome.com (click the direct link below).

Link: www.springfieldfuneralhome.com/obituaries/holzer-don
Condolence Messages
  • Nov 16, 2021
    Our condolences to you Carol and your family on Don's passing. He was quite the character and will be missed. On behalf of all of the Strata Council of K323 Bernard Square and myself, we are sending you our deepest sympathies. Karla Longacre
  • Nov 13, 2021
    Dear Carol.
    It is with great sadness we received the news of Don’s passing from your great friends Don and Wendy. Although Sue and I have not known the two of you that long, we are blessed to consider you two our friends. The time we spent together in Mexico with the Zacks will forever be a treasured memory. We are currently in Mexico and at the beach today raised our margaritas with Don in our thoughts. Our prayers and best wishes to you and your family in this time of grief.
    Steve and Sue Winser
  • Nov 11, 2021
    We definitely lost a great friend this past week. Don always loved his time with friends and family and we were lucky enough to have spent many a campfire down at the beachlot with him and Carol. We will forever miss him. We love you Don.Big hugs to Carol and to Don's family.
  • Nov 11, 2021
    Our deepest condolences to the Don Holzer family, and to the rest of the Holzer family he will be missed, but he is in better place now and no pain ,Anton and Darlene Folk and Family
  • Nov 10, 2021
    We met Don and Carol through my mom and dad Wayne and Sheri Strong, they were apart if the “beachlot family”, both my boys remember Don as being so much fun and we all have great memories of him and all the fun times down at the lake. Rest In peace Don and special thoughts to Carol as you carry on. Lots of lice Rob, Corrie, Ty and Jake Love
  • Nov 10, 2021
    Don was such a friendly and great man. He will be greatly missed when all the "masters" meet for a cold Pilsner after racketball. Go Roughriders Go!!
    Dakodas staff and management
  • Nov 10, 2021
    Our condolences to Carol and Don's family.
    Met Don about 30 years ago playing Racquetball at The Courtplex. Played a lot of games with and against him. He was always fun to play with and had a very unique style. Don only played off the front wall and was damn good at it. One of the better people I have met in my life. A lot of good laughs on and off the courts over a few pop. I know I will miss Don even though I haven't seen him as much lately. Got to play a little Pickleball with him last winter and can't believe he is gone. A good man and a good friend and I will watch over your hood Including Carol and Joy.
    RIP big guy. Gar and Bonnie Wyatt
  • Nov 09, 2021
    Carol, Diane & I were shocked & saddened to read of Don’s passing. It seems not that long ago we saw him walking the hall passed my Mom’s place. We have good memories of Christmas parties and other times. His smile & laughter will live on forever. RIP Don. Condolences to you Carol & Families.
  • Nov 09, 2021
    My condolences to the family. Don was a valuable asset to the racquetball league at the courtplex. He would engage with anyone in post game beverages and was appreciated by so many. Rest In Peace Don. You were special.
    Tony Markoff
  • Nov 09, 2021
    I'm so sad to read of Don's passing. He was truly one of my favorite people and colleagues from back in the late 90's. A wonderful caring and compassionate man. Sincere condolences to you Carol, and to all Don's family. I am sure he will be missed.
    Janine Palatin
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