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Norman BUZZ Holmes

February 1, 1949 — June 25, 2023


Norman BUZZ Holmes

Buzz Holmes passed away June 25th, 2023 with his loving wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren by his side. 

Buzz was born on February 1st, 1949 in Vernal, Utah to Don and Norma Holmes. He was one of six children in their family. 

Buzz’s older sister, Sheryl couldn’t say “brother” as a child so she called him her “Baby Buzzer”. Not long after that it was shortened and he was known as Buzz from then on. 

In 1969 Buzz ended up going to the Marines. He was stationed in Vietnam where he spent two years and his mother, Norma, wrote him letters every single day. 

After Buzz returned from Vietnam, he picked up right where he left off; chasing wild horses, rodeoing and getting in all the trouble he could find in between. 

Buzz then met his wife, Wanda, and he immediately knew she was the one for him. They would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this October. Buzz and Wanda had two daughters, Danielle and Candy. These two girls were Buzz’s world until the grandchildren started coming along. Candy brought 2 children into the world, Kierstyn and Kaden. Shortly after, Danielle had Alek and Marlie and the love Buzz had for his family grew. 

Buzz had always joked that he didn’t think he’d live long enough to have children much less grandchildren. 

Buzz and Wanda adopted Kaden and Kierstyn making them their own and loving them unconditionally. 

Kierstyn started having children of her own growing the family and the amount of love even larger. Rainbo, Oakley, Dyami, Dawsen and Ryken made Buzz the best and happiest great grandpa there ever was. Buzz was constantly bragging on his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. 

In the days after great grandchildren, Buzz spent his time teaching them to how to get into trouble, creating all sorts of toys and gadgets for them to play with, spoiling them rotten and still leaving time and room in his heart to spoil the grandchildren as well. 

Buzz was a “jack of all trades and master of none” as he would say. But he could do anything he set his mind to and he put in 100 percent no matter what. 

Buzz spent most of his working career at the American Gilsonite mines where his daughter, Danny, would later join him drilling water wells, taking core samples and many other tasks and jobs that needed done. 

After leaving the mines, Buzz went to work at Westroc Trucking moving drilling rigs. In his later years there, his youngest daughter, Kierstyn would join him. Buzz taught Kierstyn to drive truck, haul iron and how to have fun on the road while away from family. 

In between all of his various careers he still had time to teach of all his children to weld, mechanic, and any other trade that he could think of. Kaden has been able to work any mechanic or welding job, Alek was able to pursue a welding career, and Marlie went on to win a state championship in metal sculpting with the knowledge and skills they gained from their grandfather. 

Buzz was proud of his daughters, Kierstyn and Danny and was even more proud of his grandchildren. 

Buzz Holmes was the kind of man that would give you the shirt off his back and no one was a stranger to him. 

Buzz is survived by his loving wife, Wanda, his daughters Candy, Danny, and Kierstyn, his grandchildren Kaden, Alek, and Marlie and his great grandchildren Rainbo, Oakley, Dyami, Dawsen and Ryken. 

His siblings; Sheryl (Barry) Gale, Dawna Hogan, JoAnn (Glen) Hislop, John (Jody) Holmes, Joella (Jim) Burton and countless loving nieces, nephews and cousins. 

Buzz was preceded in death by; his bestfriend and father, Don Wallace Holmes, his loving mother, Norma Rosella Holmes, and his brother-in-law Richard Hogan. 

In the days leading to his passing Buzz was surrounded by an immense amount of love from his family and friends. 

On behalf of the family, we would like to specifically recognize Buzz’s niece, Tammy Hanks, for being there every step of the way and providing love, care, support and anything else the family could possibly need. 

The family would also like to thank everyone at Canyon Home Health & Hospice, especially Connie Fulkerson and Michelle Wilkins for the wonderful care, kindness and consideration they provided for Buzz.

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Past Services

Celebration of Life for Wanda and Buzz

Saturday, August 26, 2023

3:00 - 6:00 pm

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Military Honors

Saturday, August 26, 2023

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