Born in Seattle, Joe attended Seattle Prep High School and excelled as a student athlete. Following graduation from Seattle Prep, he joined the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity while at the University of Washington and received his undergraduate and law degrees from the university.
After serving in the U.S. Air Force, Joe started his career as an attorney for the Internal Revenue Service in San Francisco. Returning to his home town, he enjoyed a long career practicing tax and real estate law at the Seattle firm of Karr Tuttle Campbell, where he was a partner until retiring in 1997.
Joe and his wife Eleanor raised five children during their 25-year marriage. He later married Karen King and they enjoyed years of travel and outdoor activities together, until her death in 2012. Joe cherished his lifelong friendships and enjoyed hobbies such as reading, sports, investing, and art.
Joe is survived by his children Gail Holmes, Lynn Holmes, Jeanine Holmes, Anne Holmes, and Joseph Holmes III (Carrie); his grandchildren Maxwell Fuangaromya, Victoria Fuangaromya, Sarah Newhall, Jack Holmes, Molly Holmes Jacobs, and Benjamin Holmes. Joe is also survived by his brother Michael and sisters Mary Henderson and Monica Hoff.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Husky Promise in the name of Joseph Holmes Jr.
Published in The Seattle Times from Jan. 4 to Jan. 8, 2014