Tony was born in 1982, and though his life was much too short, he impacted many others in such a positive way. He was a happy, bright child with a never-ending smile and big blue eyes. He carried that smile into adulthood, and made it his personal goal to make others happy, and to give of himself.
Tony served our country, his community, God and his family unfailingly. He served in the United States Air Force for four years and was a member of the Air Force Honor Guard. After completing his military service, he became a Glendale Police Officer, where he also served on the Honor Guard. He was shot and killed in the line of duty on February 19, 2007 while coming to the support of a fellow officer. He was 24 years old.
He loved life, loved his family, and carried a strong faith in God always. He will be most remembered for his sense of humor, his sense of honor, and for the wonderful soul that he was. Time spent with Tony was rewarding, uplifting, comforting and fun, and it was difficult to leave his presence without a laugh in your heart and a smile on your face.
One of Tony's passions was his love of children, as his many friends and family can attest. While serving in the United States Air Force, Tony was a Big Brothers/Big Sisters volunteer. He coached Little League on his base. As a police officer, he would toss a football or play an inning with the children on his beat. He was devoted to helping and mentoring young people in his community.
The Anthony Holly Foundation has been created to continue Tony's legacy of love and service by raising funds to support activities, organizations and facilities that encourage young people to live joyous and meaningful lives and to in turn, encourage them to improve their families, their communities, and their futures.