Known as "Doc" to most, John Holliday came from Yankton, South Dakota, to Tacoma via the U.S. Army and umpired locally from 1965 to 1988. During that stretch he worked high school and college games and full summers of American Legion and various adult and youth rec league schedules.
With a reputation for consistency, John became one of the most-respected umpires in the Western Washington Umpires Association. He was a three-sport star in high school and played baseball and softball in the Army. In 1951 he played for Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, and they won the 5th Army Tournament in Colorado Springs, CO. He was named the tourney's Most Valuable Player. In 1952 he pitched for the Southern Command team, which took 2nd place in Munich, Germany softball circles.