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Marlon G. Holt Sr. , Vietnam veteran, community activist

Aug. 24, 1950 – May 24, 2016

Marlon Gerard Holt Sr., of Buffalo, a Vietnam War veteran who worked on beautification and historical projects in the city, died Tuesday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga. He was 65.

Born in Buffalo, one of seven children and the son of renowned jazz trumpter George Holt Sr., he attended St. Ann’s Elementary School and Bishop Turner High School. A devout Catholic, he served as an altar boy.

He later attended Villa Maria College and the University at Buffalo. He served in the Air Force in the Vietnam War.

Inspired to change the world through social activism, he was a leader in Earth Day demonstrations in Buffalo and worked on beautification projects that included the renovation of inner city playgrounds and the installation of historical markers at important sites in Buffalo jazz.

Survivors include his wife, Dawn Hooser-Holt; a daughter, Miko; a son, Marlon Jr.; a step-daughter, Leta; a step-son, Jahnell; his mother, Velma; three brothers; Arthur R., Dale A. and George A. Jr.; two sisters, Lynn and Constance J. Coles; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 1 p.m. Saturday in SS. Columba-Brigid Catholic Church, Eagle and Hickory streets.

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