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Tigard man killed in Bay Area boat crash


Investigation continues into cause of collision with ferry

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Tigard real estate appraiser Harry Holzhauer was killed Saturday after a motorboat he was in crashed into the Golden Gate Ferry near San Francisco, Calif.
A Tigard man died Saturday after he reportedly crashed a motorboat into the Golden Gate Ferry outside of San Francisco, Calif.

Harry Holzhauer, 68, was in California over the weekend and was on a friend’s motorboat when it crashed into the large ferry on Feb. 16.

The ferry was carrying about 500 passengers from Sausalito to San Francisco.

Holzhauer, a longtime appraiser with Appraisal Institute and Integra Realty Resources in Portland, was in California on business, teaching real estate courses.

With no classes on Saturday, Holzhauer and a friend went out onto the San Francisco Bay in the friend’s 22-foot-long motorboat.

U.S. Coast Guard spokesman Mark Leahy said Holzhauer was behind the wheel at the time of the crash.

“There is an investigation under way to find out who was at fault and to find out what happened,” Leahy said.

The U.S. Coast Guard was called to the crash at about 4:30 p.m., Leahy said.

No one onboard the ferry was injured, but Holzhauer and the other passenger were taken to shore and transported to a nearby hospital.

Holzhauer died about an hour later. The friend — a resident of California — received non-life-threatening injuries and is expected to recover, Leahy said.

“This crash happened in the daylight, which is rare, and that boat hit right in the middle of the ferry,” Leahy said. “I’m not sure how this could have happened.”

The ferry sustained minor damages. The captain of the ferry remains on administrative leave until the investigation is concluded, said Mary Currie, a spokeswoman with the Golden Gate Transportation District.

The Coast Guard and Marin County Sheriff’s Office are leading the investigation. It will likely take several months, Leahy said.

A commercial and residential real estate appraiser since 1978, Holzhauer was a respected member of the Appraisal Institute, the professional organization for real estate appraisers.

Brian Granville, Holzhauer’s longtime friend, serves as senior managing director at Integra. He said Holzhauer joined the Integra team after he moved to Oregon about nine months ago from Florida.

Holzhauer lived in Lake Oswego before buying a house in Tigard.

He specialized in appraisals of properties undergoing condemnation and other types of litigation. He developed and taught appraisal courses throughout the country and was a recognized leader in the industry.

At Integra, Holzhauer worked as director of litigation support, helping attorneys with appraisal matters during trial.

Before moving to Oregon, Holzhauer worked at All Real Estate Appraisals in Florida.

Holzhauer is survived by his wife, Mary, two children, and six grandchildren.

In a statement from his family, family members said Holzhauer was a dedicated educator. A scholarship fund is being set up in his name at the Appraisal Institute.