Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Chief of Police Doyle Lee Holstein

Ola Police Department, Arkansas

End of Watch Sunday, August 6, 1995

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Reflections for Chief of Police Doyle Lee Holstein

I’ll never forget you all these years later I can still see you walking into church you was an amazing uncle

James Williams

May 31, 2021

He was my civics teacher at the small school I went to for awhile. He was a good teacher, good person.

Gina Freeman Lackey

May 29, 2021

Rest in peace always knowing that your memory, service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 6, 2020

Chief Holstein,
On today, the 25th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Ola. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

August 6, 2020

Ola Police Department now honors Chief Holstein with a memorial service every August the 6th at 10:00 by reading a proclamation and making that day in Ola Chief Doyle Holstein day.

Chief JC Nelson
Ola Police Department

June 20, 2019

Rest in peace Chief Holstein. A hero and an honorable man.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

January 11, 2019

Hi Baby; here we are again in the holidays. Just had an amazing Thanksgiving but you weren’t there again. Now Christmas is fast approaching and I miss you so much. I cry a lot but it doesn’t change anything your still gone. I Love You so so much and that will never change. Even though I miss you terribly I am so proud of the man you were. Honest, true, loving, caring, dependable, a wonderful father and grandfather and oh if you could have know all our great grandchildren you would have been so proud of each and everyone of them. You are my life and without you I am lost. I try to push on like you would want me to but it’s just not the same without you. I’ll do my best to make you proud. Your loving wife forever and always.

Wife: Betty Holstein

November 26, 2018

Thank you for your service to Arkansas and for protecting its communities. Our prayers are with you and your family. God bless.

Special Agent-in-Charge Diane Upchurch
FBI - Little Rock

August 13, 2017

Papa Doyle. I know i never got to meet you personally, but through out my life i have heard the amazing stories of your life, whether it be the many stories of your life as the chief of police in Ola, or your time as a pastor, or even the times you were the father, or grandfather and how you always handled yourself and the situation around you. It was never about you, you always seemed to care more for other people than yourself, always putting them first. you were a loving father, husband, grandfather, and member of the community you lived in. You always seemed to help out wherever you could if they needed it. even on the day that ended so horribly, you tried to end things peacefully like you always did. Always staying true to your character, and yourself. So many people who have said things about you respected you so much because of who you were.

Now that my life is beginning, i remember the stories of my Papa Doyle and how he lived his life........and all i can say is that I've strove to live my life like yours, always knowing no matter what people say i can make a difference in this world, either as a police officer, Soldier, Family man, or even as a person. you are my Hero, and even though i didn't get to meet you, i know one day in heaven we will meet and have many long conversations. Thank you for your service

Xander James Reavis
Great Grandson

September 14, 2016

Chief Holstein and I went to college together at Arkansas Tech where he treated me like a son. I was principal of Ola Elementary School during the time he was the Ola Chief of Police. He was always ready to help us out in any way possible at the school. I still miss you a lot Chief Holstein. See you in heaven.

Ricky Kimzey, former Prin. Ola Elem

February 12, 2016

Thank you for your service and bravery. You will never be forgotten. Continue to keep watch over all of your loved ones.

Bob Gordon
Father of Fallen Chicago Officer: Michael P. Gordon,l EOW: 8/8/04

August 6, 2014

Well partner its been 19 years today since the end of your watch... I still think about you everyday and everyday i wish you were still with us.... miss you my friend...... RIP 801 ! ! !

Detective Sgt.
Yell County Sheriff's Office

August 6, 2014

Papa, I went to your memorial for the first time yesterday. It seems unreal that it has been 19 years. That day will forever stick in my memory. I wish you could have finished watching me grow up. I often wondered when we would play basketball against Ola, what it would be like to look up into the stands and see you there. I love you.

Melissa Holstein-Beatty
Grand daughter

May 14, 2014

Doyle, it has been 18 years since the day that started so right and ended so wrong. You were always the best part of me, you made me laugh, I always hurried home to share my day with you and to hear about yours. We shared everything and now you are gone out of my life. I miss you terribly and long to hear your voice and that smile and oh those blue eyes that were so beautiful to me. The hole in the middle oft chest has never been filled, when you died I died and until God takes me home and we are reunited I will never feel whole. I love you still and miss you so very,very much. I will be with you again then I will be complete.

Betty Holstein-flaming widow
Ola Police Dept. Chiefs Widow

April 6, 2013

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 18th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

I pray for the solace of all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Thanks to your friends and family for sharing their devotion to you through their reflections.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

February 1, 2013

Well partner its been 17 years ago today!!! I still think about you each and every day. On this day 17 years ago I was a young rookie who thought nothing like this could ever happen in our little town... hard lesson learned on that day!!! I miss you today and everyday my friend......

Detective Sgt. Lora Beasley
Yell County Sheriff's Office

August 6, 2012

Dad, Though our hearts may truely never heal, I believe you are with Grandpa Holstein, Nana, Pete, and Grandma and Grandpa Brown watching down on us all..and probably still wondering what the heck we are thinking sometimes. I strive daily to be the father you were to me, and if I can be half of the man you were I'll be doing better than most. You are missed daily, and I know my kids missed out not knowing you.

Brian Glenn Holstein

May 4, 2012

I remember coming down and riding with you when I got my part time two certification. You were so polite and willing to poor out your knowledge and teach me as a young officer getting started. Now I am the Chief of Ola, but I will never match the way you done things, so I will be happy to just follow your leadership and call you my friend. To your family they know I love them,and look forward every year seeing them at the memorial service as we honor you our hero.

Chief John Stafford
Ola Police Department

April 3, 2012

We miss you Papa. It's hard to believe that it has been 17 years since you passed.

Jessica Leigh Holstein-Cox

March 16, 2012

Just wanted to let you know I was thinking about you, today.

Col. Tom Berryhill
Yell County Sheriff's Mounted Patrol

February 15, 2012

God didn’t promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, sun without rain; but He did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears and light for the way.

Rest in peace.

Michelle -wife of US Marshal

December 2, 2010

Dad, you are and will be the greatest man that I could have ever been blessed to know. You was the kindest and most understanding guy, especially with me in my raising. I still don't understand but I guess that I can't be jealous that god needed another angle in heaven.Not only was you a police chief, you were a Father, teacher, coach, and a minister. I truley miss you especially when I see or hear the # 801. There will never be another man to ever be able to accomplish the thing that you accomplished in your short life.I truly repect you and wish you were here so I could rub your head because you probably have a headache,lol.You are the most dedicated man that I have ever had the privaledge to know.I just wish that there was some thing that I could take back that I was involved in, but I can't. You were a dedicated husband,father,teacher coach, minister, and one top of all this you where chief.what a man!I think about you everyday and I will until I loose my memory You were a great father, well face it you were great in whatever you took on. I love you dad and I miss the hell out of you. I just wish that it would of been me instead of you. love you 00

Kevin glenn

October 29, 2010

Fifteen years may have passed since your were called away but you have not been forgotten. I'm sure that those that love you, think of you every day and tell stories about you to others whenever they can. You are a true hero and heroes never die. Continue to keep watch over all of your loved ones. You have not been forgotten.

"If people we love are stolen from us, the way to have them live on is to never stop loving them. Buildings burn, people die, but real love is forever." Author Unknown

Bob Gordon
Father of Chicago Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

August 6, 2010

Rest in Peace, Chief Holstein. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

June 8, 2009

I didn't know Doyle Holstein as a police officer. He was my high school football coach before he went into law enforcement. I did know him as a man of great integrity, great love for his community and great pride and leadership for the boys he led onto the field. I still often think of him and his leadership, enthusiasm and humor. I was not surprised to hear he went into law enforcement, as he always exemplified civic duty and personal sacrifice. Rest well Coach.

Ken Durbin

April 27, 2008

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