Life Story for Klaus "Dieter" Holthaus
Klaus Dieter Holthaus was born in Van Nuys, California in February, 1968. He was the first child of Klaus Holthaus and Kathy Cameron.
Dieter, as he was known by his family and close friends, grew up in California and the Village of Bolton, near Toronto, Canada where he attended elementary, junior high and high school. He worked in Canada until 1990 when he returned to California and trained as an apprentice electrician. Later, he became a Teamster and worked in the entertainment industry as a driver and heavy equipment operator until his sudden passing on October 2, 2017.
With a quick wit and a fun spirit, Dieter lived his life according to the words he had posted to his Facebook page, "Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die tomorrow." His zest for life and his caring heart endeared him to his family and many friends. He could always be counted on to call his mother on special days to give his best wishes, and spent many weekends at the shop with his dad working on cars or motorcycles or at the track racing them. He loved and excelled at sports and enjoyed camping in the desert. At the same time, he was a natural engineer who could build or fix anything - and he loved animals. He had a Maine Coon cat named Knuckles who lived to be 24 years old and a pit bull terrier named Sarah who pased away earlier this year after a long and happy 21 years of life.
DIeter is survivied by his mother Kathy Cameron, his father Klaus Holthaus, stepmother Susan Holthaus, stepfather Tom Mayhew, brother Marc Holthaus, sister-in-law Adrienne Holthaus, niece Abigail Holthaus, fiancee Michelle Reinhart and her parents Julie and Mark Reinhart, aunt Karen Crenshaw, uncle Gary Smith and many other friends and relatives.
Most of all, Dieter was looking forward to marrying Michelle on October 14 of this year. Our families are now united in our loss and the fond memories we'll always share of our son, brother, fiance, uncle , nephew, son-in-law and friend. Dieter leaves a hole in our lives that cannot be filled.