FEBRUARY 2, 1930 – JUNE 15, 2018
On June 15, 2018, Jack Sayre Hollen, our loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather went to be with our Lord in Heaven. Jack was born on February 2, 1930 in Condon, Oregon. He attended the Condon schools and excelled in sports and enjoyed fishing and hunting with his Father. He was the youngest of four children (his brothers: William and Ted Hollen and his sister Joy Maxine Hollen Barnett who all preceded Jack in death). Jack learned the values of honesty, respect and goodwill to others at an early age from his Mother and Father: Noble and William Hollen. He was employed by Bryce Logan at Condon Motors. Jack attended Oregon State University majoring in Food Science and Technology and where he met his sweetheart, Beverly. They were married on June 30th, 1951 in Payette, Idaho. Following graduation in 1952, Jack and Beverly moved to Lodi, CA and later to Modesto, Ca where Jack started his career in the food industry with the United States Department of Agriculture. Their son, John Charles Hollen (Jack jr.) was born in January 1955. Later that year Jack and Beverly moved to San Carlos, CA when Jack was hired by Topco Associates, Inc., a privately held food buying organization providing services for their member grocery chains throughout the country. In 1957, their daughter Kathy Hollen Davis was born and later that year the family moved to their current residence of 61 years in Mountain View, CA. Jack’s career with Topco was unparalleled with regard to his ability to build strong business relationships with frozen food packers and canners throughout the country and Topco Associates. During his 36 year tenure at Topco, Jack managed responsibilities as Quality Control Manager, Canned Food Buyer and Frozen Food Buyer. He earned the respect from the suppliers and member stores that Topco represented as a champion for quality and a effective buying manager to assure rail car and truck load shipments arrived timely in accord with the member store buyer’s instructions. He worked tirelessly to achieve the success he earned but most importantly his aim was always to pursue noble goals to provide for his family. Jack was loved by his family and friends and he made this world a better place for everyone who knew him. After retirement from Topco in 1993 Jack and Beverly arranged summer travel vacations and created lifetime memories (including awesome fishing trip memories) for the family to destinations including Alaska, Canada and annual trips to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Since 2001 the family has celebrated annual reunions at their son’s cabin in McCall, Idaho. Jack was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 1988. For 30 years Jack carried his torch with dignity and would not allow the symptoms of Parkinson’s to interfere with his life. He lived his faith everyday of his life and his spirit will stay strong with family and friends who love him.
Jack is survived by his wife Beverly whom he adored everyday of his life in marriage for almost 67 years, his children: John Charles Hollen (Jack jr), Kathy Hollen Davis and son-in-law Phil Davis, his grandchildren and their wives: Jack and Amanda Davis, James and Ileana Davis, and great grandchildren: Charles Davis and Lillian Davis. Jack is also survived by his beloved family sheepdog, Mitzy Jean, who faithfully kept watch over Jack and always remained at his side. Jack was a very special Dad who supported all his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren in all their hopes and aspirations. Jack leaves a legacy of love that will keep his family strong for all the days ahead.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the National Wildlife Federation by phone at 1-800-756-3752 or mail at 1 Stationery Place, Rexburg, ID 83441. Please identify that your donation is for the Trees for Wildlife - Tree Gift Memorial Sponsorship in memory of Jack Sayre Hollen. Also please request the National Wildlife Federation to notify Jack’s family at 1820 Fordham Way, Mountain View, CA 94040 so that we will be able to acknowledge your gift to honor Jack. Information about this program can be found at www.shopnwf.org. Click on the menu for Trees for Wildlife Card & Gifts Memorial Sponsorship.