Press Release: Maricopa GOP On The Passing of Cal Holman

For immediate release: December 31, 2007
Contact: Frosty Taylor,frostytaylor@cox.net

Sympathy, Fond Memories Reach Out to Former Rep. Cal Holman’s Family

The Maricopa County Republican Committee Executive Guidance Committee (MCRC EGC) wishes to express its deepest sympathy to the family of long-time dedicated Republican Cal Holman, who was killed in a three-car accident Friday afternoon while turning into the street that led to his home. Holman’s car was struck by two cars, reportedly racing down Scottsdale Road. The two drivers of the other vehicles have been arrested on suspicion of second degree murder charges.

Rep. Holman served as a legislator from 1975-85 for what was then Legislative District (LD) 24 in North Phoenix/Paradise Valley/Scottsdale – prior to the boundary changes and term limitations. Holman also served as chairman for the former LD24, both before and after he served as a legislator. He was a Harvard graduate with a MBA from Stanford.

MCRC Chairman Lyle Tuttle said, “Holman’s many years of service to the Republican Party will long be remembered.”

LD8 Chairman Royce Flora, where the Holman resided, said, “Cal was one of hardest working and most dedicated Republicans I have ever known. His loss is felt by all who knew him. Cal holds the record for the most Republican’s registered.  One year he personally signed up about 100 precinct committeemen. He usually wore shorts and a Van Gogh tie.  He always had a clipboard and registration forms.  If you look closely at the remains of his car shown on TV, you will notice his red, white and blue bumper sticker that said ‘register to vote.’”
           
Senator Pete Corpstein, who served in the Arizona House in the 70s and 80s with Holman and then LD24 Senator Sandra Day O’Connor, said, “Cal was one of the most dedicated Republicans I’ve ever known. There was no loafing on the job with him. He was a district chairman before and after he served in the legislature.  He was great organizer and did a wonderful job as a district chairman. He was a hard worker.”

Frosty Taylor, a reporter/editor who covered the northeast valley for over two decades,  said, “The trio of Holman, Corpstein and O’Connor helped the struggling Paradise Valley/North Scottsdale area through a multitude of rapid growth/political problems in the 70s and 80s. They were familiar faces at numerous community meetings, chamber banquets and political events. Cal was dedicated to the betterment of the district he represented. He will be missed. I chatted with him at a convention just a year or two ago and he still had the political passion that he had 30 some years ago.”

Condolences can be sent to his wife Elizabeth at 8494 N. 72nd Place, Scottsdale, AZ, 85258.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m., Jan. 3 at the Valley Presbyterian Church, 6947 E. McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

In lieu of flowers please send contributions to the Scottsdale Sunrise Rotary Foundation – Cal Holman Scholarship Fund, Scottsdale Sunrise Rotary Club, PO Box 5917, Scottsdale, AZ 85261.

To leave computer messages for the family on a Guest Book for Calvin Holman hold CTRL and click on http://www.legacy.com/Link.asp?I=GB000100358385 or the  East Valley Tribune guest book link at: http://www.legacy.com/eastvalleytribune/GB/GuestbookView.aspx?PersonId=100507275&PageNo=1


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