Joan Summers Holder passed away peacefully at home on January 4, 2021, surrounded by family.

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She was born November 24,1931 to Marion and Edythe Summers of Tremonton, UT. Joan was a student body officer for Bear River High School's Class of 1950. She attended college at Utah State University in Logan.

Joan moved to Salt Lake City, taking the position of Office Manager at F.G. Ferre & Son Automotive, their first female employee. It was there she met Larry Holder. They married in April 1961, and raised five children. They later divorced.

Joan and Larry started Alta View Kennels, producing several generations of prize winning Newfoundlands. Joan served for years as a board member of the Intermountain Kennel Club, handling hospitality for Dog shows and club functions among other duties.

Joan was an excellent seamstress and great cook, especially when it came to baking.

She worked for Grand Central, later Fred Meyer stores, in several capacities.

Joan was an enthusiastic and very vocal sports fan, particularly for Utah Jazz basketball and University of Utah football.

She is preceded in death by her parents, brother Robert, sister in law Bonnie, and sister Lois.

Survived by brother David (Kaye) Summers, sister Kathy (Steve) Green, her children, Mike, Jeff, Nancy (Gary) Pinnell, Brad (Connie), and Scott, grandchildren Jessie (Anthony )Pedersen, Vivian Pinnell, Ben and Maddie Holder, and great grandsons Atlas and Jude Pedersen. Also survived by the family dog, Schmitty.

A family graveside service will be held, with a Celebration of Life to be scheduled when quarantine restrictions have been lifted.

Life Story Info

Post Date

Jan 06, 2021


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Worked For

  • F.G. Ferre and Son Automotive
  • Grand Central /Fred Meyer Stores


  • Bear River High
  • Utah State University
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NEXT Tammy LaNay Fullmer Tammy LaNay Fullmer


Joan, may you rest in God's grace and God comfort your family. It was an honor and a pleasure, working with you at Grand Central.

To the family,

I worked with ""Mom", before and after I was in the Army. She was a wonderful person, always trying to take care of us. God bless you all and thank you for sharing her with us.

jeff pratt , west jordan, UT, US Jan 08, 2021

Nancy Rest In Peace 🙏. I worked with your Mother for many many years. Starting at Grand Central/Fred Meyer. She was like a Mother not to me, but to all of us. She was a very special person and was judge mental all. Love you Nancy 🌹❤️

Deanna Pfeiffer , Midvale , UT, US Jan 07, 2021