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Sunday, May 29, 2011

DANIEL JOHNSTON

DANIEL JOHNSTON

In Memory: Will Holst

I was saddened to hear that Will Holst passed. Also relieved. Will passed in a state of peace. He was a great friend of Gene's. So wanted him to be happy. Please stay in touch.

Our beloved Will passed from this life yesterday at 1:40 pm at Svend and Charity's home in Roseville. Both Amelia and I were at his bedside looking at him. He just stopped breathing. His passing was absolutely peaceful. The hospice nurse was there a minute or two later.

We had had to move him on Sunday because on Saturday evening he suddenly sat up, got up, took a few steps and fell. It was the last strength he had. Svend returned for the night and kept him from getting up. I drove him in my car for his last trip. He watched the road for a little while and then slept.
He told Svend Saturday night that he was going to pass soon.

Will donated his body to UCSF (Univ. of Ca. San Francisco) Department of Anatomy. They came dressed in black suits and were very formal and respectful.

I can't speak for the rest of the family, but I am all right and will be all right. I know he's free now. 

Will's grandson, Atticus, is having a hard time with this. He'll be 3 on the 30th. He wanted to go get his grandpa back and fix him. So Charity is sad for both her son's loss and the loss of her father-in-law.
I'll probably write again to let you know of any memorial plans, It's early now and there is much to do.

I must tell you that I could not have made it through these two years without all of your notes and calls and love and prayers. I am not kidding. This was bigger than I was. I got pressed to my max at times, and I've been aware of being infused with strength that wasn't mine. Thank you so very much again. May it be returned to you when you need it.

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Unbound

Just a topic that bears mightily on an e-book edition of Roads of Bread, perhaps. 
Gene would never consider him a celebrity author, even though he was widely celebrated and admired.

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