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In Memory of

Dwight Henry Lindholm

May 27, 1930 - September 4, 2017

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Dwight Henry Lindholm passed away peacefully on Monday, September 4, 2017 in Thousand Oaks, California, at the age of 87. Dwight was born in Blackduck, Minnesota on May 27, 1930, where he lived until the age of five years old. The son of an Ordained Minister, Dwight's family was actively involved in the Presbyterian Church. His parents, Henry Nathaniel Lindholm (of Swedish decent) and Viola Endora Gummert (of German decent) moved Dwight and his brother Calvin to Red Lake Falls in 1935 residing there for most of Dwight's childhood. They moved again in 1945 to...

Dwight Henry Lindholm passed away peacefully on Monday, September 4, 2017 in Thousand Oaks, California, at the age of 87. Dwight was born in Blackduck, Minnesota on May 27, 1930, where he lived until the age of five years old. The son of an Ordained Minister, Dwight's family was actively involved in the Presbyterian Church. His parents, Henry Nathaniel Lindholm (of Swedish decent) and Viola Endora Gummert (of German decent) moved Dwight and his brother Calvin to Red Lake Falls in 1935 residing there for most of Dwight's childhood. They moved again in 1945 to Duluth, Minnesota, where Dwight attended High School, participating in the Debate Team, Basketball and High School Band. Dwight went on to college, where his passion for learning and drive for success earned him a BA Degree in 1951 and a Law Degree in 1954 from the University of Minnesota. Dwight then served in the Military at Foster Field in Victoria, Texas as Captain, US Air Force Judge Advocate Corp prosecuting and defending in over 100 court-martials. Dwight was always intrigued with genealogy and different cultures so he did post graduate work at The University of Americas in Mexico City, Mexico 1956-1957, carrying a fond love for Mexico with him throughout his life.

In early 1958, Dwight's passion for adventure led him to leave his roots in Minnesota and move out West to Los Angeles, California where he met and fell in love with his wife Loretta Catherine Brown (deceased 2014) at a Young Republicans Social. On August 29, 1958, their marriage was officiated by Dwight's father Henry at The Westwood Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles. Dwight and Loretta had five children: Douglas Dwight, Dionne Louise, Jeanne Marie, Philip Clayton, & Kathleen Anne, and raised them in Hancock Park. During this time, they took a year sabbatical to the French Polynesia June 1982 - July 1983. In 1993 Dwight and Loretta moved to their second home in Channel Islands Harbor, CA. First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood was a central focus for Dwight & Loretta where they became members in 1958 and were actively involved throughout their 56 years of marriage. Dwight's huge passionate spirit for adventure and strong interest in culture, religion and politics, will forever be remembered by his five children Douglas Dwight Lindholm, Dionne Louise Cooper; Jeanne Marie Deranja; Philip Clayton Lindholm; and Kathleen Ann Hennigh. His endearing love, genuine interest and ever-present enthusiasm will forever stay in the hearts of his grandchildren Cora & Ida Lindholm; Randall & Chelsea Cooper; Josephine, Loretta; Bozho & Dwight Deranja; Henry & Kelly Lindholm; Hunter, Hudson & Heather Hennigh.

In their early years of marriage, Dwight and Loretta were active in Republican Party politics holding both county and statewide offices while living at 330 S. Westmoreland Avenue. In 1972, they moved to 255 South Rossmore in Hancock Park where they lived for 25 years. That year Dwight and Loretta also bought a beach house at Silverstrand beach, Channel Islands Harbor where they resided as their primary home for the past 20+ years.

June 16, 1982, Dwight and Loretta left on their 51 foot sailboat, The Golden Viking, for the South Pacific with their five children, then ages 13 through 22 years. 26 days at sea going down to French Polynesia and 40 days at sea returning July 15, 1983. From their 5000 square foot home on Rossmore in Hancock Park they went to 500 square feet on the boat. For five years leading up to June 1982, Dwight & Loretta with their five children planned and prepared for their great sailing adventure that left a lasting imprint and forever defined them as a family. Dwight and Loretta's adventures continued when they became empty nesters and travelled the world together. They visited almost every continent traveling to Dwight's ancestral homesteads in Sweden and Germany, the Holy Land, Road to Santiago, Galapagos, Pakistan, China, Viet Nam, just to name a few of the many places they explored together.

Dwight had a long successful career practicing law: Individual Law Practices 1958-65; 1972-81; 1984-2013; Partner Lindholm & Johnson 1965-69; Partner Cotter, Lindholm & Johnson 1969-72; Of Counsel @ Bolton, Hemer & Dunn 1981-1984. Court Admissions included: Minnesota Supreme Court; Court of Military Appeals; California Supreme Court; US Disctrict Court; US Supreme Court.

Bar Associates & Professional Activities included: "AV" rating Martindale-Hubble '69 to 2014; Los Angeles County Bar Association; California State Bar Association; Lawyers' Club of Los Angeles; Speakers Bureau '69-'72; Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity (President LA Alumni Assoc. '71-'72); State Chancellor '72-'73 (Organized new chapters at UCLA, Southwestern and Pepperdine Law Schools '70-'73)

For over 50 years Dwight was actively involved in Downtown LA, Wilshire Center, Hancock Park, Westside and Southern California Community affairs including: Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce (Director '61-'62); Republican Party volunteering over 4,000 hours of effort in the 60's; Los Angeles County Republican Central Comm. '62-'66; California Republican State Central Comm. '62-'63; Chet Wolfrum 56th AD Campaign & Glen Lipscomb 30th CD Campaign '60; Robert Logomarsino Senate Campaign '61; Joe Jimenez 40th AD Campaign '62; Richard Nixon CA Governor Campaign '62; George Callanan 56th AD Campaign & Henry O'Briant 30th CD Campaign '64; Ronald Reagan CA Governor Campaign '66 (Speakers Bureau); Wilshire Republican Club; Republican Associates; Hollywood Presbyterian Church (Deacon '62-'65; Elder '65-'75 & '88-'91); Family Service of Loa Angeles - United Way Org. (Dir '64-'70; VP '68-'70) University of Minnesota Alumni Association (Treasurer '67); Wilshire Lodge F&AM (Senior Warden '68; Chaplain '69); Los Angeles Valley Scottish Rite, Al Malaikah Shire; Wilshire YMCA (Dir. '76-'77); Wilshire Rotary Club of Los Angeles '72-2014 (Dir. '76-'78); International Genealogy Fellowship of Rotarians (Founding President '79-2014); Westlake School for Girls now Harvard Westlake High School (Trustee & Ch. Dev. Com '78-'81); Anacapa Yatch Club '79-'84); Ocean Cruising Club of England (Port Officer Newport Harbor); American Legion Post 291, Newport Beach; California State University at Northridge, Trust Fund Board of Directors ('89-'93); Chairman of the Endowment Committee ('91-'93); Chairman & CEO, Queen of Angels-Hollywood Presbyterian Foundation 1998-2000; Queen of Angels-Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center (now QueensCare) Board of Directors 1990-2002; QueensCare Corporate Secretary 1998-2002; Ex. Officio Lay Board Member of Medical Staff Executive Committee 1992-1999.

Dwight always left a huge impression on anyone he met and would go out of his way to remember the details in conversation the next time he saw you. Dwight's keen wit, likability, intellect, adventurous spirit, religious commitment and charm are the qualities his children and grandchildren will forever cherish in their hearts.

Friends and Family are invited to attend the Service on Friday September 15, 2017, 2:30pm at Ivy Lawn Chapel 5400 Valentine Road, Ventura, CA 93003. Followed by Reception at 3:30pm, Poinsettia Pavillion, Santa Paula Room, 3451 Foothill Road, Ventura, CA 93003.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Ted Mayr Funeral Home, 3150 Loma Vista Road, Ventura. Condolences may be sent to TedMayrFuneralHome.com.