September 4, 2013 | LXXIII, No. 23

Young man perishes in Kansas accident

Family and friends are grieving for a young man killed in an electrocution accident last week.

Dakotah Holt, a 2011 graduate of Lake Roosevelt High School, was following his chosen career as a lineman in Kansas Thursday when a new power pole he and other workers were setting up fell against a nearby power line after wind twisted it from the grapple hooks on a boom truck, according to news reports quoting the Barber County Sheriff’s Office.

Holt, 20, an apprentice lineman with Track Utilities and 29-year-old Michael Rowan of Garden City were touching the pole as it was energized from the line.

Holt was taken to a hospital in Medicine Lodge, Kansas, where he later died. With less severe injuries, Rowan was taken to a burn unit at a Wichita hospital.

After graduating from LRHS, Holt attended Northwest Lineman College in Meridian, Idaho. He was living in Sharon, Kansas, according to his Facebook profile, where he worked for Meridian-based Track Utilities, Inc.

“He was the kind of person that (it didn’t really matter who it was) if he could make your day better, he would do that,” said Hanna Doughty, a good friend who graduated with Holt in Coulee Dam. “When he did touch your life, it was instantaneous.”

A 7 p.m. recitation of the Rosary will be held at St. Henry’s Catholic Church in Grand Coulee on Friday. A memorial mass is scheduled there for 11 a.m. on Saturday.

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