Memorial Service for Laine Holdahl, May 5, 2012 10 a.m. at Newberg Friends Church
Laine Ray Holdahl, 50, entered Providence Newberg Hospital on April 10, 2012, with pneumonia and lost the battle with ARDS (Acute Respiratory Dis- tress Syndrome) on April 28, 2012. After a courageous 19-day fight, he passed away at Providence St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Portland surrounded by family.
Given the birth name Laine Ray Holman, in Sturgis, SD, he was the fourth son to Patrick Gale Holman and Sharon Wyone (Bartlett) Holdahl. Laine was raised by his loving parents, Sharon and Merril Lee Holdahl, who was in every sense of the word his wonderful, caring, and loving father. The family moved from South Dakota to Tigard when Laine was two years old and then to Newberg, when he was in the fifth grade, after completing construction on the family home on Wilsonville Road.
Laine graduated from Newberg High School in 1980 and George Fox (College) University in 1989 with a BA in telecommunications. He worked at George Fox College for Saga/Marriott as a student manager for 10 years. After graduating from college he worked for several plastic companies through his 21-year plastics career: PolyHi-Solidur in Portland, 1988-1996, as a saw tech- nician and insides sales technician; Redwood Plastics Corp., Vancouver, WA., outside sales; Power Plastics, Portland. After the economic down turn, Laine decided to seek employment in a different industry. Since November 2010 he worked for CB Richard Ellis (CBRE), as a maintenance lamping technician in the engineering department for the Wells Fargo Tower in Portland. He loved his job, coworkers, and the people he came into contact with on the 40 floors of the tower he serviced.
Laine married Allison L. Sweetman in 1982; they later divorced in 1985. He married Colleen Marie Gallagher on July 16, 1988. They adopted their daughter, Valerie Rose, from Russia in 1994 and later divorced in 1999. He married Lisa Rae Davis in April 2000, with whom he had a son, Logan Ray, in 1999. They divorced in 2004. Laine and Colleen reunited in 2005 and lived in Dundee at the time of Laine’s death.
Laine’s passions in life were his children, friends, family, gardening, work- ing in the yard, feeding his birds, tinkering in his shop, fishing, camping, and his motorcycle—a Honda Goldwing GL1500SE. Laine and Colleen loved to ride and each year rode with the Rose City Motorcycle Club (RCMC) in the OR 250, OR 500, Western States 1000. For the last couple of years they had completed all 19 check points for the Grand Tours, riding through the west- ern states. In 2009, Laine and Colleen rode Laine’s ‘Mecca Ride’ to Sturgis, SD, for the bike rally. They rode through 11 states in three and a half weeks, clocking 6,400 miles in the saddle and visiting friends and family. Laine’s last motorcycle ride was April 1 in the 2012 on the RCMC OR 250.
He was preceded in death by his father, Merril Lee Holdahl in 2002. Laine leaves behind his significant other, Colleen Holdahl; daughter Valerie Rose; son Logan Ray; mother Sharon Holdahl; brothers Terry Holdahl (Lin- da), Dean Holdahl (Kay); and Robin Holdahl; sister Shanna (David) Andres— all from Newberg; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions can be made to: Rose City Motorcycle Club (RCMC) (in remembrance of Laine R. Holdahl) P.O. Box 91339, Portland, OR 97291.