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Barry Lane Holt – June 5, 2014

Barry Lane Holt 2-20-1947 to 6-5-2014

BarryHoltBarry was born February 20, 1947 and due to a very difficult labor and delivery, he was born with cerebral palsy. The medical team thought he was stillborn and directed their care to his mother, Dorris. After a few moments they noticed that he was breathing. Barry’s mom was a petite woman and Barry’s birth weight was 10 pounds.

His father left Barry’s mom in his early childhood, leaving her as the sole parent and caregiver. They had a very close and loving relationship. With her love, she was very protective of him.

Barry went to school, but back in the 1950’s there wasn’t as advanced understanding of cerebral palsy and they didn’t give him the opportunities as given today. In middle school, they wanted him to wear a helmet in case of injuring himself during a seizure. Barry refused and ended up quitting school attendance. Even then his independence was so important to him.

When Barry was about 6 or 7 he saw Roy Rogers and his horse, Trigger at his school. The crowd was so large, he couldn’t see, so he remembered that “a large black man picked him up onto his shoulders and broke through to the front of the crowd so he could see Roy”. This sparked his interest in western lore and guns. With Barry’s high intelligence, long memory and his self-taught reading and research, he became an expert in all aspects of firearms Not withstanding, his physical condition, he became an expert “woodshed gunsmith”.

Another driving force in his life was his intense drive of independence and not to accept himself as disabled.

Most of his adult life he lived in Susanville, California. There, many flea markets, gun shows and gunsmithing became his life. Barry met Chuck Holmes in about 1972, and they became good friends and buddies. He became well-known in the area due to his passion of firearms, trading and his often humorous stories he could weave. Some tales could go on for an evening, causing much laughter for all. In 1990 he lost his mother due to advanced breast cancer. Without his mother’s protection, Chuck and Barbara became more important in his life.

When Chuck retired in the year 2000, and was moving to the Roseburg area, Barry had been in and out of  hospitals and nursing homes due to multiple back surgeries and worsening pain issues. It was shortly before, that Barry requested to move to Roseburg as well.

After researching the nursing facilities in the area, it was here that he found his new home and family for the remainder of his life.

Although Barry had a difficult life, laughter was always an important part of his life. Before his pain became worsened, he had fun , laughed a lot, even loved to play pranks on his caregivers (along with his friend, Jay Stone).

He was proud of his accomplishments and he was loved by many people.

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Marshel Couso
Marshel Cousohttp://www.susanvillestuff.com
SusanvilleStuff Owner/Publisher
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