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Jan. 31, 1941 - Dec. 17, 2019

W. Cole Holderman rode off into the sunset on Dec. 17, 2019.

He is re-united with his one true love, Carol Irvin Holderman, together now in green pastures beside the still waters.

Cole was most proud of his family.  He was a loving husband, a dedicated family man, and a faithful friend who touched many lives and will be greatly missed.  Cole was bigger than life, “A Grandpa, Horseman, Pontificator, and Friend of Widows and Orphans.”  He lived in the moment, working hard and playing hard and never putting on airs.

Prior to his battle with Alzheimer’s, Cole was deeply involved in the El Paso community.  He was founder and president of ERISA Planning Company and had a 40-plus year career with Prudential, where he dedicated himself to educating others about pension and retirement planning.

 He attended Texas Western University (UTEP) on a football scholarship (1959-61) and transferred to an academic scholarship, graduating in 1963.  He served as an alumni advisor in Kappa Sig, president of the Touchdown Club and president of the UTEP Alumni Association.

Cole was a 33rd-degree Mason, proud Shriner and Jester, a charter member of the Sunturians, and active in Rotary and the Chamber of Commerce. He and the family were deeply involved in the El Paso County Sherriff’s Posse, where he served in many capacities, including president.

As Cole’s family and friends all know, weekends were reserved for time together outdoors – whether it was Cloudcroft, Zanland, the Gila, Elephant Butte or on top of a horse.  He dedicated his life to the enrichment of others, and his legacy will live on through those whose lives he touched.

Services were held Dec. 22 at Trinity First United Methodist Church.  In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to the UTEP Alumni Association, Shriners Hospitals for Children or the charity of your choice. Services entrusted to Sunset Funeral Home West.

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