A local real estate appraiser was killed in a boat crash over the weekend in San Francisco Bay.
Staff members at the Southwest Portland reality company where 68-year-old Harry Holzhauer worked said they lost more than just a co-worker.
"It shook up our staff pretty well because Harry was a really good guy," said Brian Glanville, who knew Holzhauer for 20 years. The California native moved to Lake Oswego nine months ago from Florida.
He worked in litigation at Integra Realty Resources and traveled the country teaching appraisal courses.
"He spent about half his time going around the country and teaching for the profession," said Glanville.
Holzhauer was in San Francisco because he was teaching a course.
Saturday afternoon Holzhauer was on a friend's speed boat in the bay. Investigators said somehow the boat crashed into a large ferry. Holzhauer died at the hospital. The other man survived.
"A nurse and a doctor came down and tried doing CPR to keep Harry going and they weren't able to keep him alive," said Glanville.
Holzhauer leaves behind a wife, two sons and six grandchildren.
"Harry was a tremendous family man," said Glanville. "That's part of the reason why he moved here."
Holzhauer's career as a commercial and residential real estate appraiser spanned more than 30 years.
He also worked in Seattle and Florida before Portland. A scholarship fund in his name has been set up at the appraisal institute.
His passion was education and teaching others about appraisal.
"He's been a mentor to hundreds if not thousands of people around the country as well as here in Portland," said Glanville. "So it's a tremendous loss for the profession and his family and the grandkids because he was very, very close with them."
An autopsy is scheduled Tuesday to determine the cause of death.
The Coast Guard is still investigating the crash.
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