G. Marlynn Holgate


After a hard fought battle with cancer, G. Marlynn Holgate was taken home by his Heavenly Father on Saturday, January 19, 2019. He was born July 29, 1938 in Kanab, Utah, the oldest son of Myron Grandon Holgate and Verna Covington.

Marlynn grew up in Orderville, Utah, and graduated from Valley High School. He play basketball, ran track and was student body president. He grew up ranching with his dad, trailing cows to Strawberry Mountain, branding, and riding horses. He loved being in the mountains.

After high school he attended college in Cedar City, Utah, and then left on a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Oslo, Norway. After returning from his mission he attended BYU, graduating in ag econ and accounting.

While at BYU he met Karen Sterneckert and they were married in the Manti Temple in 1965. They settled in Eagle, Idaho raising their five children, Julie, Brian, Blake, Kristine and Leeann.

In 1991 they moved to Malad, Idaho and continued ranching until he retired. He enjoyed wood carving and fishing. He and Karen served a mission to Martin’s Cove, Wyoming and were ordinance workers in the Brigham City Temple He loved being with his family and looked forward each summer to the reunions they had.

He loved his Heavenly Father, serving wherever he was asked.

He enjoyed fishing and wood carving. In everything he did, he did the best he could. And he was able to fix anything with baling wire and Vaseline. He had a sense of humor and was willing to help anyone.

He is survived by his wife, Karen, children: Julie, Brian, Blake (Kate) and Leeann (Sean), and a son-in-law, Jay Broadbent. Ten grandchildren and four sisters and a brother. He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Kristine.

Viewings will be held on Friday, January 25 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., and on Saturday, from 9:30 to 10:30, at the Malad 2nd ward church, 20 South 100 West, Malad prior to the funeral. Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. also at the church. Burial will be in the Samaria Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Huntsman Cancer Institute.

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