Donald Lynn Holzman III

Donald Lynn Holzman, III, "Trae" 29, of Fort Smith, AR was called home to be with our sweet Lord on April 8, 2013. He was born December 23, 1983 in Fort Smith to Donnie Holzman and Shawn West. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Don and Pat Holzman and maternal grandmother, Billie Blackard.

After graduating Southside High School Trae attended the University of Arkansas in Fort Smith, transferring to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where he graduated with a bachelors in Philosophy. Following with teaching for "Teach for America" in Marianna, AR he continued his education at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville with a full scholarship for his PhD in Education Policy and Procedures.

Trae lived his life to the fullest enjoying his family and friends. He was always willing to help and care for others. He enjoyed teaching and tutoring his students and always encouraged them to obtain the greatest education. His accomplishments were many, yet his love for his family and friends were even greater.

Our dear son, brother, grandchild, nephew, cousin and friend will be dearly missed. His beautiful smile and sparking eyes now shine in heaven.

A memorial service was held at Smith Mortuary Chapel in Charleston on Monday, April 15th at 4:00 p.m. followed by visitation with family and friends.

Survivors include his parents, Donald "Donnie" L. Holzman, Jr., & step-mother Daune Holzman of Ozark, his mother Kealyn "Shawn" West and fiancée Steve "Bubba" Carter and Dale West of Fort Smith; brothers Michael "Hayden" & Nancy Holzman of Fort Smith and Colby Holzman of Ozark, nephew and namesake Kasen Trae Holzman, grandparents, Bob Blackard of Ft. Smith, Bill and Janice Rogers of Ft. Smith and Jimmy Woodall of Waveland, aunts and uncles, Steve Blackard of Missouri, Connie Littlefield of Barling, Shanda and Jared Blankenship of Ozark, Dustin and Cindy Holzman of Ozark, Keith Rogers of Ft. Smith, Robert and Paula Rivera of Florida, Jeremy and Karen Mosley of Ft. Smith, cousins Jason Blackard of Ohio, Amy and Justin Brewer of Cedarville, Jeff and Dorie Littlefield of Cabot, Tyler Blackard of Springdale, Emily Blackard of Little Rock, Parker Littlefield of Cabot, Josh and Holden Reames of Ozark, Kiley & Matt Peters of Oklahoma City, Amanda McQuaide, Hunter Immel and McKenzie Holzman of Ozark.

Honorary Pall Bearers will be his co-staff members at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, all Teach for America co-workers, friends and Daniel Larkin of Fayetteville.

Trae’s family would like to express our deepest appreciation and love to all.

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