Milton Dubby Holt

Milton "Dubby" Holt

Death 7 Jan 2007 (aged 92)
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 24186879 · View Source
Suggest Edits

Completed his earthly mission at age 92 at the Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello, Idaho from complication of pneumonia on Sunday, January 7, 2007.

Name painted in towering black letters on Idaho State University field house. Worked in the athletics department at the Pocatello campus for 34 years as head coach of boxing, track and field and as athletic director. Coach the 1956 U.S. Olympic boxing team, even though he never stepped in the ring as a boxer. Never learning to swim. Led the swim team to a conference title. The traditional winning coach "dunk" was performed in the shallow end of the pool. Retired in 1979 leading the Bengals to 13 consecutive Rocky Mountain and Big Sky conference championships in track and NCAA box championships in 1953 and 1957. Knew how to coach – paying attention every athlete, making every athlete feel like they were the best on the team, whether they were All-American or third string.

Gov. Dirk Kempthorne issued a state proclamation declaring Feb. 5, 2004, his 90th birthday, as "Dubby Holt Day." The building, bearing his name, where the Bengals play home football, basketball games and the rodeo visits each year, was his brainchild. The domed campus centerpiece was the second enclosed football stadium at the time, built after the Astrodome in Houston. Holt supervised its construction and kept the cost under the budged $2.8 million.

A standout athlete at Idaho State, setting a school football record in 1937 with an 88-yard punt return. The record still stands today. Served four years in the Navy during World War II, he returned to Idaho State after his service. Predeceased in 1997 by his wife of 52 years, Jackie. No funeral held. Idaho State held a memorial service on campus.


See more Holt memorials in:

Sponsor and Remove Ads


  • Maintained by: Ryan D. Curtis
  • Originally Created by: John Warnke
  • Added: 26 Jan 2008
  • Find a Grave Memorial 24186879
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Milton "Dubby" Holt (5 Feb 1914–7 Jan 2007), Find a Grave Memorial no. 24186879, ; Maintained by Ryan D. Curtis (contributor 46858513) Unknown.