Steven Holman was born on Dec 3, 1985, and was called away from the loving embrace of his family and friends on Nov 2, 2021 in Wasilla, Alaska at the age of 35. He leaves behind a loving family and many, many, dear friends who will treasure our memories of him and time spent with him forever.
Born in Las Vegas, Nevada, to Gary and Debra (Blackburn) Holman, his life of adventure took him from there to San Bernardino, California; Greenham Common, England; Langen, Germany; Jacksonville and Cabot, Arkansas; Fort Walton Beach, Florida; Charleston, South Carolina; and Wasilla, Alaska. Steven met his wife, Charisse Deodora Grim, while in Florida, where he also joined the United States Air Force and traveled the world.
He excelled in his role as C-17 Instructor and Evaluator Loadmaster. As a highly-respected airlifter, Steven’s professional legacy is seen in not only the many combat support and peacetime missions he performed, but also the many aircrew members he trained, supervised, and, most importantly, mentored in both their careers and their personal lives. He very proudly served alongside the men and women of the 14th, 517th and 144th Airlift Squadrons. Steven’s military decorations include seven Air Medals, two Air Force Achievement Medals, seven Combat Readiness Medals, four Air Force Good Conduct Medals, two Afghanistan Campaign Medals, two Iraq Campaign Medals, one each, Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Medals, Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal, and six Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbons with Gold Border. He also earned his Chief Aircrew Wings and many other decorations and honors along the way.
Steven was an amazing father and his wife and kids were his world; it would be hard to find a closer bond. His continuous dedication and loyalty to his wife created the foundation for the family. Steven’s love was pure…a love full of humor, creating a marriage full of happiness and joy. He was the treasured son of parents and stepparents that could not be more proud of the man he became. Although Steven wasn’t the oldest, he was the steadfast protector of his two older sisters and younger stepsister. We are very fortunate recipients of God’s gift of a son like no other. Steven was our hero. A hero also to his sisters, he was there with the strongest of hugs when we needed the security of his embrace. He brought his tremendously proud grandparents endless joy. Steven was the uncle who was always there for anything and everything his nephews needed, no matter what — period dot.
Known for his incredible sense of humor, downright silliness and infectious laugh, Steven’s everlasting light radiated energy and fun wherever he went. He enjoyed camping and hiking with his family and friends, hunting, fishing, and everything outdoors. Above all else, he treasured quiet time with all those he loved. In addition to his family and friends, Steven loved his dogs, other animals, fish, and every creepy, crawly thing on and in the earth, much to the never-ending amusement of his family. He embraced the challenge of every and all hobbies, giving the same love, attention, and care he did with every other thing in his life. One could not find a more loyal and trusted friend.
Steven is preceded in death by his grandmothers, Gloria Jean (Scott) Holman and Roberta Jean (Parker) Blackburn. He is survived by his wife Charisse; sons, Lucas James and Greyson Michael; and daughter, Hailey Jean; father, Gary and his wife, Gina Holman; mother, Debra and her husband Daniel Elliott; grandfathers, Durward B. Holman and James M. Blackburn; sisters, Jennifer and husband George Sardakowski, Pamela and husband Ryan Ogden; stepsister, Candace Moore; and stepbrother, Devin Moore. Steven is also survived by his father and mother-in-law, Robert and Criselda Grim, their sons, Michael and John Grim, as well as many loving aunts, uncles, nephews and cousins.
A celebration of Steven’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, Nov 11th, 2021 at Church on the Rock, 3571 W Machen Rd, Wasilla, AK 99654. Interment with military honors will be conducted at Fort Richardson National Cemetery at a later date.