January 14, 2013
Respected equine historian Frank Holmes, 65, died January 12 with his wife and his church family at his side after an 18-year battle with cancer.
Funeral Services will be held 10:30 a.m. on January 18th at
the Majestic View Church in Kiowa, Colorado. Memorial contributions may
be made to Majestic View Church Awana Ministry. Condolence messages
may be sent to the family at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frank was born November 3, 1947, and graduated high school from
Kenmare, North Dakota, in 1965. Frank’s love for horses began as a
teenager in North Dakota. He was all things horses – tenaciously
seeking out mentors from pioneer Appaloosa breeders. In doing so, he
came to understand that what others may have considered ordinary people
were really heroes to a young man whose passion drove him to learn and
pen the history of a breed he loved. Frank submitted his first article
to Western Horseman in 1961 when he was 13 years old and was published
at the age of 14.
Frank spent the majority of his early working
career as a federal civil servant, but writing was always his
vocation. Frank started selling feature articles to horse magazines on a
part-time basis in 1965. After almost 18 years as a civil servant,
Frank decided to follow his dream as an author and equine historian. His first love in horses was the Appaloosa, and after submitting an
article to the Appaloosa Journal, the editor commented that “Frank is
the most knowledgeable man I’ve ever met concerning Appaloosas. If ever
there could be called an Appaloosa addict, that person would be Frank
Holmes. Like a baseball addict that can remember every batting average,
every World Series home run, Frank can recite pedigrees and national
champions like scripture.”
Frank's interests have always been
centered on the historical aspect of the western horse breeds, and his
broad-based knowledge of the origins of the Quarter Horse, Paint,
Appaloosa and Palomino registries established him as a leading historian on the topic.
As a former staff writer for
Western Horseman magazine, Frank co-authored volumes 2 through 6 and was
the sole authored of volume 8 of the immensely popular Quarter Horse
Legends book series and authored The Hank Wiescamp Story.
As the award-winning features editor of The Paint Horse Journal he contributed a steady stream of top-notch personality profiles, genetic studies and historical overviews.
early 2001, Frank launched LOFT Enterprises, LLC – his own publishing
company. Since that time he devoted the lion’s share of his
journalistic efforts to the research and writing of historical books
designed to capture the West’s rich history and pass it on in a way that
both enlightens and entertains. Among the books authored under LOFT’s
banner were Wire to Wire – the Walter Merrick Story, More Than Color 1, More Than Color 2, Spotted Pride, King – P234 and a children’s book, Crystal’s Vision.
Frank’s last project was The Dale Wilkinson Story, which is expected to be debuted this coming spring.
life was more than horses – at its core; it was family and sharing his
love for Jesus Christ. He worked as an Awana leader and mentored many
of the youth in his church family. Frank loved to laugh – he laughed
often and well. He was a friend to many and loved beyond words.
Frank is survived by wife, Loyce Robertson Holmes; sons, Eric, Craig, Morgan Gandy and 10 beautiful grandchildren. Additionally Frank has three surviving sisters; Kathy Dunnan, Patty Poole and Joanne Ranguette and two brothers, Rick and Gary Holmes.
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