Obituary Notices and Memorials


HOLMES, William Terry May 25, 1948 ~ Jan. 9, 2011 Born in Los Angeles, Bill has spent 18 of his 62 years in the Antelope Valley. He graduated from Antelope Valley High School in 1966, from Cal Poly in 1971, with honors in Aeronautical Engineering. He worked in aerospace for 21 years, in general information technologies for 16 years then began a career as a consultant and business analyst. He had many interests, loved sailing, kayaking, gold prospecting, hiking, and research of any kind. He was a strong and outspoken supporter of the Libertarian party (as many readers of 'Letters to the Editor' may attest), running for Congress twice in San Diego. When he saw something that could be improved upon, he felt it was his responsibility to fix it, without delay, without fan fare. Bill was a visionary with a tireless quest for knowledge. He is survived by his mother Marty OBrien of Lancaster, his father Bill (Nancy) Holmes of Arizona, his sisters Cindy (Jim) Swift of Palmdale, Melinda (Richard) Byers of North Carolina, Step-brother Daniel (Esther) OBrien of Florida, nephews/nieces Brandon Swift, Tawny (Joshua) Edgeman, Ryan Byers, Lauren Byers, great-nephew Parker Edgeman, and his love - Melody Holmgren. Per Bills wishes there will be no service or ceremony. Those who wish to pay their respects may do so at an open house for family and friends between 10 a.m., and 4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011, at the Swifts home. In lieu of flowers, Bill would like donations to his website to keep his vision alive at:

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