PUBLISHED: 4:07 PM on Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Service planned in memory of Caje Holst

On February 20 2006, former Juneauite (Carroll John) Caje Holst, passed away in Chicago at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

He was to be evaluated for a liver transplant but developed an infection that the doctors could not diagnose.

He was nicknamed "THE RUBBERMAN" for his uncanny ability to bounce back from incredible odds fighting bone cancer from 1979-1982 and then the complications from "experimental research aftereffects."

Throughout Alaska and beyond, he was known as a 1-legged wrestler, gymnast and soccer goalie at JDHS 1979-1981. Then as a double-amputee, he was a wheelchair racer and basketball player.

The son of USCG Officer Carroll H Holst Jr and Janice Holst, he moved to Juneau Alaska from Cape May New Jersey where he had attended Star of The Sea Elementary and Wildwood Catholic High School.

He attended Juneau Douglas High School from 1978 - 1981, University of Alaska Southeast and then graduated from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan where he also attended the Reformed Bible College furthering his education.

He worked for the State of Alaska Department of Public Safety, Vocational Rehabilitation, Access Alaska, and the Department of Labor in both Juneau and Anchorage.

He had traveled to South Africa in 1980 and wrestled with a US Wrestling Team as a 1-legged wrestler and in 1990 went to Yucatan Mexican to work with in a Bible Study Camp with kids.

He was known there as "Paco."

His story was the inspiration for "Alaska's First Cancer Research Telethon" and more than two years of hundreds of volunteers raising almost 1/3 of a million dollars for 100% Cancer Research (1982-1984).

He left behind his wife Amie of 13 years, daughters Emily and Katie as well as his parents Lt Commander Carroll H Holst Jr and Janice Holst, and siblings Eric, Brian and Melinda.

Also, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, brother-and sister-in-laws.

A celebration of this life is planned Sunday, May 27, in Juneau. There will be a 2 p.m. gravesite service in the Evergreen Cemetery (downtown) followed by a reception from 3-6 p.m. at the Moose Lodge.

All friends of the family, former classmates and coworkers, and any other whose life was touched by Caje are welcome. Please feel free to bring a story (typed or spoken) or a dish to share.