SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – The obituary for Laurie Holt, the mother of a man who spent two years in a Venezuelan prison before being released last year, was released.
In the obituary, they say Holt, 50, passed away peacefully in her home the morning of Feb 10. It is not known how she died.
Holt married her husband Jason Holt while attending Highland High School. They were married Feb 6, 1987.
Holt leaves behind her husband, two sons, two daughters, her father, and three brothers.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Janet Bell Moon, and father Gary Moon. She leaves behind her husband, Jason Holt, sons Derek and Josh (Thamy), and daughters, Katie, and Jenna (Bridger Nemeth), father Rick Jones, and brothers Wayne, Bryan, and Mike Moon.
“Laurie was often referred to as ‘Momma Bear’ because of her caring and loving nature,” said her obituary. “Many will remember Laurie for her vivacious personality. She relished in the company of others, always lighting the room with her smile.”
Laurie Holt was most known in Utah for her valiant fight to get her son Josh and his wife Thamy released from a Venezuelan Prison after the two were imprisoned unjustly. The two were finally released in May 2018.
A viewing is planned for Friday from 6-8 p.m. at Anderson & Goff Mortuary located at 11859 S 700 East in Draper. A funeral will be held at 12 p.m. Saturday at the Summerhill Stake Center located at 12110 S 1300 West in Riverton with a viewing prior to the services from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
A Gofundme has been created for those wishing to help the family.