Ty Holmquist

May 19, 1945 - March 25, 2019

Ty passed on March 25, 2019 with his family at his side in Murrieta, California, at the age of 73.

Ty had been a long time resident of Hollister moving to Temecula in 2016.

Ty was born in Deadwood, South Dakota on May 19, 1945 and named Tyrone Patrick Holmquist. His family soon moved to Southern California where he was raised, the oldest of 5 children. Ty joined the Air Force after graduating from high school in 1963 and was stationed primarily in France and Germany in a communication role. He told stories of traveling around Europe with his backpack, on leave, mingling with the locals and learning their language.

When discharged, he returned to California and was hired by AT&T for an underground cable communication center outside of San Luis Obispo. That was the beginning of his AT&T career. Ty spent most of his AT&T years as an Account Executive working in several locations throughout California. Ty retired from AT&T after 35 years. He then worked in Real Estate for a few years before starting Country Rose Gallery and Frame in downtown Hollister masking frames for the local artists. After 10 years, he closed the business and started helping his son’s business, Cool Air Solutions, in Murrieta, California.

Ty’s many special interests outside of work included SCCA Rallies and SCCA Pro Rallies. Ty was always the navigator and was famous, or infamous, in the Rally Navigator world. Always ready to help others learning the ropes. He won awards in Rally events that then led to a long relationship with the Great American Race (GAR). The GAR is an antique car rally that went coast to coast every year.

Ty was a top performer on this event for 25 years with over 10 of these years with his wife Pam in the driver’s seat in their 32 Ford Open Racer. From the time Ty and Pam moved to Hollister in 1997, he was active in the Hidden Valley Homeowner Association. He was generous with his time and willing to drill in and investigate the best solutions to problems. He served as a board member for over 15 years. Ty was also active for many years in the San Benito County Sheriff’s Mounted Search and Rescue Group. He was funny, sharp, enjoyed having a good time, and loved music. Most of all he enjoyed helping others.

Ty is survived by his 3 children; Lisa Carter, Sherry Holmquist, Justin Holmquist and Justin’s wife Melissa Holmquist. Ty had 5 grandchildren; Tyler Holmquist, Hayley Holmquist, Alex Carter, Luke Carter and Julia Carter. Ty had many nieces and nephews and extended family that have found memories of his crazy rendition of Purple Rain and his famous dance moves.

A celebration of his life is planned for May 11th in Hollister and July 20th in Temecula 831-524-1158 for additional information.

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