In Memoriam Samuel Holtz

Washtenaw County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney J. Samuel Holtz died Sept. 3 at the age of 60, after a long and valiant battle with cancer. 

He will be remembered as an ethical and highly effective prosecutor, a compassionate advocate for victims-especially those most vulnerable, a loyal friend, and a loving husband and father.

His loss will be keenly felt by his colleagues for the past 18 years in the Prosecuting Attorney's Office, and to the scores of police officers, defense attorneys, members of the bench, court staff, and others who came to like and respect Holtz and his work. He was a skillful lawyer, dedicated to public service, justice and victims.

A graduate of Ann Arbor Pioneer High School and Eastern Michigan University, after earning his law degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law, Holtz served as the judicial attorney for Washtenaw County Circuit Judge Timothy P. Connors and Washtenaw County Circuit Judge (now Michigan Supreme Court Justice) Kurtis T. Wilder. 

He then practiced law with the firm of Hamilton, McDonald & Simpson in Ann Arbor, before joining the Prosecutor’s Office in 1999.

A memorial service was held at Bethesda Bible Church on Sept. 8. Donations may be made to The American Cancer Society.


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