Porterville Recorder

Jared E. Holve Jan. 29, 1951 - Mar. 27, 2022


Jared Erwin Holve, age 71, passed away unexpected­ly from a heart attack on March 27, 2022 doing what he loved - taking care of his cattle on his ranch in Springvill­e, California. Jared was born on January 29, 1951, in La Mesa, California to Donovan Gustav and Jeane Carroll (Forbes) Holve.

After several years of living in Southern California, the family relocated to Fresno, California in 1956. Jared attended elementary and junior high in Fresno, spending his summers at Camp Sierra, where his dad was the camp manager. In 1963, they made their home in Clovis, California. Jared attended Clovis High School, played baseball, football, and basketball, and was involved in Future Farmers of America (FFA), winning grand champion steer at Cow Palace his junior year. He graduated from Clovis High in 1969 and was drafted by the California Angels in the 1969 MLB June Amateur Draft. He played first baseman for two years. He then attended Fresno State University, studied agricultur­e and farm mechanics, and joined the Sigma Chi fraternity.

In 1974, Jared moved to Springvill­e, California where he started his family and his lifelong career as a cattle rancher. As a serial entreprene­ur, he also started his own business in the 1980s, Valley Oaks Ranch Supply (selling ranch equipment) and eventually, Springvill­e Beef (which had a big following for his locally raised grass-fed beef sold at farmers' markets). He was also the top western U.S. sales rep for Roto Grind, selling their tub and grain grinders for the last 30 years. In 2017, he and his family opened The Station in downtown Springvill­e, featuring Jared's own Christmas tree lot during the holiday season.

For over 35 years, Jared shared his love of baseball, coaching Little League, Babe Ruth, and High School baseball all over Tulare County. He was also passionate about music and was his wife Patti's biggest fan, seen in the crowd at most of her singing gigs from here to NYC. Because of his love of music and sharing it with others, he headed up Bigfoot Production­s, bringing establishe­d songwriter­s and recording artists to the Springvill­e and Portervill­e area, producing concerts enjoyed by many.

When he could break away from his duties as a cattleman, Jared loved traveling and taking on big adventures. He spent a lot of time at Grass Valley Ranch in Nevada, loved Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and was obsessed with the water towers atop the buildings in NYC while visiting his daughter during the time she lived there. If he wanted to cool off and relax, you could find him at his beloved cabin in Camp Nelson. But his favorite place on Earth was going to the backcountr­y by horse, hiking, or on one of his Fat Cat motorcycle­s, and ending up at Mallard Lake, above Fresno at 10,000 feet elevation. He found peace fishing and taking in the scenery and loved sharing his little piece of heaven with his friends and family.

Most of all, Jared loved his family and would do anything for them any time. Being a grandpa was one of his biggest joys in life and he loved teaching his grandchild­ren about cattle, baseball, fishing, and the great outdoors; showing them the importance of hard work, how to fix things, and how to catch salamander­s; and whenever the occasion arose, pulling their teeth.

Jared is survived by his wife of almost 30 years, Patricia Torrey of Springvill­e, California, daughters Brooke Grigsby (Jason) of Springvill­e, California, and Sarah David of Morro Bay, California, and sons Brandon Holve of Raymond, Washington, and Aaron Johnson (Becky) of Springvill­e, California; nine grandchild­ren: Ryan Holve, Jasmine, Aiden, and Donovan Grigsby, Hudson, Rowen, and Gavin David, and Lincoln and Walker Johnson; brother Bradford Holve of Nashville, Tennessee; sisters Donna Mckeown (Jeff) of Emigrant Gap, California and Stephanie Winney (Fred) of Camp Nelson, California; and many extended family members and an abundance of wonderful friends.

He was predecease­d by his parents, Donovan and Jeane Holve, and brother Gary Holve, who passed away as a baby.

There will be a Celebratio­n of Life held in his honor on June 4, 2022 in Springvill­e, California. For more informatio­n or to RSVP, please email me@ holve.com.

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