Seth David Holden

Posted: Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Anchorage resident Seth David Holden, 29, died Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010, in a plane crash in the Susitna River Valley.

A two-part celebration of Seth's life will be held Wednesday, Sept. 1. The first will be held at 3 p.m. - there will be a bonfire at Pete Holden's home in Soldotna, and the second will begin at 6 p.m. at Leslie and Roger Boyd's home in Kenai to share photos, stories, and food and drink. Everyone is welcome at both events. E-mail for more information and directions to either home.

Mr. Holden was born April 5, 1981, in Rutland, VT, to Pete Holden and Leslie Boyd. He graduated from Skyview High School and later from the University of Anchorage Alaska with bachelor's degrees in finance and economics.

"He was employed as assistant baker at Orso's in Anchorage at the time of his death, in preparation for opening his own restaurant, but excelled at many jobs, including guiding, construction, carpentry work, and foreign securities trading. Seth was first and foremost an avid outdoorsman and accomplished mountaineer. He was a great climbing partner who was highly adventurous and possessed strength, experience, resourcefulness, and a level head that everyone who traveled with him benefited from," his family said. "At the same time, he had a strong philosophical side, and the older he got, the more conscious effort he put in to being fully aware and in awe of his amazing surroundings and experiences. Seth was always training for and planning for his next big adventure, and was passionate about everything he did, every step of the way. Once he became interested in something, he would read everything he could find, talk to anyone who might know about the subject, and practice, practice, practice until he excelled. We all benefited from his gourmet cooking, his wine collecting, his photography, his expertise at investing, his woodworking, his knot-tying ability and card tricks, and his hunting and fishing skills. He supplied his roommates, friends, and family with moose, salmon, ducks, birds and two weeks ago, a full-curl sheep he brought back from a solo hunt. He loved his family and was smitten with his new nephew Jonah. His favorite partner in crime was his dad, Pete. He brought his mother a piece of rock from every mountain he ever climbed. Words of course do no justice; Seth made all our lives richer and more complete. He will be missed by his close friends, including special friend Jon Cannon."

Mr. Holden is survived by his mother, of Kenai; father, of Soldotna; sisters Lindsay Holden, Salt Lake City, and Chelsea Holden, of Anchorage; nephew Jonah, of Anchorage; grandparents Bruce and Verlene Belden, Rutland; stepfather, Roger Boyd, of Kenai; stepbrothers Tyler Boyd and Austin Boyd, of Anchorage; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins."

Donations may be made to the Seth Holden Climber's Memorial Fund at Wells Fargo Bank, account number #2605756135.

Condolence can be sent to Pete Holden at PO Box 2533 Soldotna, AK 99669, or Leslie and Roger Boyd at 37095 K-Beach Rd. Kenai, AK 99611.

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