The world has lost a giant of a man. We have so enjoyed his patronage of the
arts in Sun Valley where he was a driving force and major patron behind the Sun
Valley Summer Symphony. The largest private-funded, free-admission symphony in
the country, it performs for over 50,000 audience members every summer. Mr.
Holding hosted the symphony at the Sun Valley Resort for several years. In 2008
he constructed the Sun Valley Pavilion, which is one of the most beautiful
outdoor performance venues I've ever seen, to house the Symphony in grand
style. Those of us who are beneficiaries of his love of music will be forever
grateful for his generous heart. When the Pavilion was dedicated, he was unable
to speak due to his stroke, so his wife spoke in his place, noting his constant
and diligent attention to every detail during the construction process--a true
labor of love. She quoted Mr. Holding in words I've taken as mantra:
"Inspect what you expect!".Mr. Holding--your legacy lives
on! Many thanks!
Many enjoyed the Little America in Wyoming where in the middle of nowhere sits
this motel,full service mechanical services and restaurant. Sun Valley Resort
thrived under his leadership year round. I worked with young men in the
seventies from Cheyenne and Laramie whose fathers were employed by Holding
Enterprizes which included Sinclair Oil,Little America,cattle ranch.He kept his
investments in great shape. He had a long term committment.
Utahistheplace,Although I have no real credibility in saying what
kind of a person Earl Holding was, I question your assumptions about him. It
seems rather low the way in which you depict him. I wish both all those in his
family and others that were close to him my condolences. He seems to have done
much good for the surrounding communities.
He didn't build that.
We have known and loved Earl and Carol Holding since the 40's and have
nothing but admiration and respect for both of them and their great family.
Earl always said, "Nothing works unless you do" and lived what he
believed. Carol was his partner in every way, working along his side as well as
bearing and nurturing their three children. Together, they have built a legacy
of lasting accomplishments which have included opportunities for thousands of
others to share and advance in their own lives. Their many generous but unsung
acts have benefited untold others. He loved others, especially his family, and
appreciated their own efforts. Excellence and beauty can be found in everything
Earl attempted and achieved. There is a great empty spot where Earl once stood
but his legacy will always live on.
I appreciate the beautiful hotels he built. As a world traveler I could always
say Little America was one of the best and his legacy to me is the Grand
America, a gift of loveliness to anyone who entersits doors.
His purchase of both Snow Basin and Sun Valley gave skiers in surrounding
communities exceptionally well run resorts. Snow Basin and Sun Valley were
places I skied and learned valuable lessons about life. His 35 + year
committment to Sun Valley has fostered stability andgrowth at this classy
resort. Baldy Mountain is one of my favority destinations. Earl Holding was a
A life well lived.
A friend of mine and I were eating lunch in the new Grand America Dining Room in
2000, enjoying a very nice meal in a superb establishment when a man came to
our table, introduced himself as Earl Holding, and thanked us for our patronage
in his place of business. I had moved to Salt Lake City a year before from
Illinois when this occurred, and after learning who he was, felt honored he
would take the time to speak to people he had never met before. Mr. Holding was
most kind and pleasant to speak with for a few moments.William Kettley