Utah billionaire, Sinclair Oil owner Earl Holding dies

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  • william e. kettley SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    April 21, 2013 11:20 p.m.

    A friend of mine and I were eating lunch in the new Grand America Dining Room in 2000, enjoying a very nice meal in a superb establishment when a man came to our table, introduced himself as Earl Holding, and thanked us for our patronage in his place of business. I had moved to Salt Lake City a year before from Illinois when this occurred, and after learning who he was, felt honored he would take the time to speak to people he had never met before. Mr. Holding was most kind and pleasant to speak with for a few moments.
    William Kettley

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    April 21, 2013 7:01 p.m.

    A life well lived.

  • New to Utah PAYSON, UT
    April 21, 2013 4:52 p.m.

    His purchase of both Snow Basin and Sun Valley gave skiers in surrounding communities exceptionally well run resorts. Snow Basin and Sun Valley were places I skied and learned
    valuable lessons about life. His 35 + year committment to Sun Valley has fostered stability and
    growth at this classy resort. Baldy Mountain is one of my favority destinations. Earl Holding was a visionary businessman.

  • Straitpath PROVO, UT
    April 21, 2013 10:09 a.m.

    I appreciate the beautiful hotels he built. As a world traveler I could always say Little America was one of the best and his legacy to me is the Grand America, a gift of loveliness to anyone who entersits doors.

  • SLC Grandma Salt Lake City, UT
    April 21, 2013 8:29 a.m.

    We have known and loved Earl and Carol Holding since the 40's and have nothing but admiration and respect for both of them and their great family. Earl always said, "Nothing works unless you do" and lived what he believed. Carol was his partner in every way, working along his side as well as bearing and nurturing their three children. Together, they have built a legacy of lasting accomplishments which have included opportunities for thousands of others to share and advance in their own lives. Their many generous but unsung acts have benefited untold others. He loved others, especially his family, and appreciated their own efforts. Excellence and beauty can be found in everything Earl attempted and achieved. There is a great empty spot where Earl once stood but his legacy will always live on.

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    April 21, 2013 6:44 a.m.

    He didn't build that.

  • AConcernedCitizen Highland, UT
    April 20, 2013 11:26 p.m.


    Although I have no real credibility in saying what kind of a person Earl Holding was, I question your assumptions about him. It seems rather low the way in which you depict him. I wish both all those in his family and others that were close to him my condolences. He seems to have done much good for the surrounding communities.

  • New to Utah PAYSON, UT
    April 20, 2013 10:12 p.m.

    Many enjoyed the Little America in Wyoming where in the middle of nowhere sits this motel,full service mechanical services and restaurant. Sun Valley Resort thrived under his leadership year round. I worked with young men in the seventies from Cheyenne and Laramie whose fathers were employed by Holding Enterprizes which included Sinclair Oil,Little America,cattle ranch.He kept his investments in great shape. He had a long term committment.

  • aceroinox Farmington, UT
    April 20, 2013 9:36 p.m.

    The world has lost a giant of a man. We have so enjoyed his patronage of the arts in Sun Valley where he was a driving force and major patron behind the Sun Valley Summer Symphony. The largest private-funded, free-admission symphony in the country, it performs for over 50,000 audience members every summer. Mr. Holding hosted the symphony at the Sun Valley Resort for several years. In 2008 he constructed the Sun Valley Pavilion, which is one of the most beautiful outdoor performance venues I've ever seen, to house the Symphony in grand style. Those of us who are beneficiaries of his love of music will be forever grateful for his generous heart. When the Pavilion was dedicated, he was unable to speak due to his stroke, so his wife spoke in his place, noting his constant and diligent attention to every detail during the construction process--a true labor of love. She quoted Mr. Holding in words I've taken as mantra: "Inspect what you expect!".

    Mr. Holding--your legacy lives on! Many thanks!