Robert C. Holley was born in Sylacauga, Alabama, where he grew up. After high school, he joined the Navy in 1947, and completed Yeoman School at the U.S. Naval Training Center in San Diego in 1948. He was discharged from the Navy in August 1950.
After the Navy, Bob became involved in racing at the Paradise Mesa Drag Strip in San Diego, joining a legendary car club known as the Bean Bandits.
He met Willimae Delaney in September 1950. They married in January 1953, and had four children. In 1959, Bob started Holley Lathing, a drywall business in San Diego. In 1963, Bob and Willimae moved their family to Northern California, and in 1967, Bob started Trend Construction, a home-building business, which continued until 1993. During this time, he also developed a love for flying and soloed in 1969. He owned a Cessna 185 Amphibious, which he flew to Alaska and Canada for fishing expeditions. Bob also joined the Quiet Birdmen Soquel-Monterey Bay Hangar, later to become the San Jose Hangar with Bob as a charter member. He also enjoyed riding in cutting horse competitions.
Bob is survived by his wife, Willimae; son, Guy Holley (Dorothy) of Livermore; daughters, Suzan Holley Johnston (Eric) of Austin, Texas, Joi Holley of Livermore, and Gina Holley of Modesto, California; grandchildren, Katy Rene, Benjamin, Rebecca, Rhianna, Leeann, Bobby, and Alexander; and great grandchildren, Corey and Cameron.
There will be a celebration of life at 1 p.m., on Friday, March 6, at Callaghan Mortuary in Livermore. An online guestbook is available for condolences at www.callaghanmortuary.com.