Loni Elizabeth Jurgensen Holland, 66, was born on Christmas day, December 25, 1953, in Omaha, Nebraska, and passed on April 3rd, 2020. Loni was the oldest of three children of Leonard and Geradyne Jurgensen. After graduating with a BA degree in English from UCSB in 1976, she made Santa Barbara her home. There she met and married her husband, Mark, of 40 years and raised their son, Justin. Stunningly beautiful, confident, intelligent, and ambitious, Loni was a driven, self motivated, and tough business woman and entrepreneur. As a licensed broker and general contractor, Loni together with her husband built their successful businesses from the ground up, developing many projects throughout California, Washington, Hawaii, and Idaho. In business and in life, Loni set goals higher than you would think achievable – and when they were met she would say, “See, they weren’t high enough.” She always wanted a beach house, Montecito home, and a boat in Santa Barbara harbor, and she made it happen. She succeeded in getting a spanish style office building constructed in downtown Santa Barbara even during a moratorium on all downtown construction. Loni brought that same positive spirit to others – she made people feel like they could pursue whatever they wanted in life, and she was always there to encourage and support them. Her beauty ran much deeper than physical. She was the most thoughtful, caring, and giving person. Generous to the extreme, she was a benefactor to many. She took great joy in lavishing gifts on others and always stressed the importance of being humble and giving to charity. She was a tireless and peerless fundraiser, serving as chair of the Concours d’Elegance in Montecito for many years and actively supporting many charitable causes throughout her life. Loni lived her life with passion – she always loved to drive cars and boats fast, and was a force in so many ways. Above all, she passionately loved her family. She was a magical presence to the children in her life. All of them, especially her son, Justin. She was an incredible wife, mother, aunt, sister, daughter, and grandmother. She loved her family with all her heart and they loved her back. Loni is survived by her loving husband Mark Holland; son, Justin Holland (Mingie); grandchildren Olivia and Deacon; mother, Geradyne (Antisdel) Jurgensen; sister, Janis Jurgensen Marti (Eric), and nieces Nora, Emma, and grand-niece Elliana; brother, Thomas Jurgensen; brother- and sister-in-law, Steve and Kathy Holland, and nieces Carrie and Carly; and many other relatives and friends. Loni will be forever missed by her family and friends, and will always be remembered as the loving, beautiful, and compassionate person that she was. A private family celebration of life will be held in Santa Barbara and Maui. Contributions can be made to World Vision and Saint Jude charities, of which Loni was a long-time supporter.
“Angels are like diamonds. They can’t be made, you have to find them. Each one is unique. Angels don’t know pain, or touch, but they know the love of God and hear His voice singing as they watch the sunrise on all creation. The guardian angels of Life sometimes fly so high as to be beyond our sight, but they are always looking down upon us. Most people never have the opportunity to see an angel, or simply do not look well enough to see them walking among us. This however does not mean they don’t exist. Me, I’m one of the lucky few, not only have I seen an angel, I call her my best friend.”