Tye Man's Hobby Turned Full-Time Job Helps Serve Community

Tye Man's Hobby Turned Full-Time Job Helps Serve Community

A Tye man's childhood hobby of spray painting numbers on people's driveway has turned into a full-time job.
A Tye man's childhood hobby of spray painting numbers on people's driveway has turned into a full-time job.

Lynn Holtman first started spray painting at eleven years old when he noticed his neighborhood had unclear address numbers.

"Three dollars here and there would buy me popcorn and a Coke," Holtman said. "I would do it all over again the next day."

Decades later, Holtman, now 62 years old, continues to do the work in neighborhoods across Abilene, completing 4-6 jobs every day. Even though he worked for other companies, he would spray paint as a side job.

"I just like doing it, and will continue to do so until I cannot move," Holtman said.

Aside from the few bucks, Lynn says it is all about safety. A brighter and cleaner address number can help emergency responders spot out homes faster.

"Firemen and police officers would be coming and that is what they look out for," Hotlman adds.

Holtman would knock on doors early in the morning or late afternoon when people are home from work. You can catch him walking around with an old bin carrying his supplies with different colored spray paint cans, utensils, tape, and brushes.

"I just love meeting people," Holtman said. "There are just some really nice people and it is great meeting them."

Depending on the type of job, it will cost homeowners 10 or 15 dollars.
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