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John Roger Hollan

Obituary for John Roger Hollan

August 5, 1950 - September 12, 2017
San Antonio, Texas | Age 67

... a gifted handyman ...

Obituary

Beloved son and brother, John Roger Hollan, age 67, passed away on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 of natural causes. A life-long resident of San Antonio, he graduated from Alamo Heights High School. John was trained as a medic in the U.S. Army at Fort Sam Houston, studied geology and engineering at Sul Ross State University and St. Mary's University. For ten years, he worked in land surveying before becoming a surveyor and construction inspector for the City of San Antonio, from which he retired.

Jack was a loyal, kind, and devoted family member. Before and after his retirement, he took important responsibility for the care and assistance of our aging parents, Edie and Roger Hollan, especially after our mother's health began to decline in 2000. Jack saved our father's life when he developed an incarcerated hernia which caused him to faint with pain. Alone, Jack was able to transfer Dad to a car and transport him to the hospital for emergency surgery. After Dad died in August 2010, Jack (and sister Rosemary) took over primary care of our mother, which allowed her to live two more years in her own home before having to go into a nursing home for the rest of her days. Jack visited our mother in the nursing home virtually every evening for two years until she passed away in 2014. They shared their two "vices" of watching television and eating chocolate together. Jack was a stalwart friend to Rosemary, picking her up whenever she had a flat tire on her bicycle, taking her to the doctor and providing her with sustenance whenever she was ill, always being there for her in her times of need.

Jack's generosity and compassion were also expressed in his loving concern and care for his rescue dog, Becky. Becky, a young lab mix at the time Jack adopted her, was a bundle of energy. Jack was always patient with her, devotedly walking and exercising her even though he had arthritic knees and lower back pain. Becky was likewise devoted to Jack. Becky was at Jack's side when he passed and it took much encouragement to persuade her to leave his side.

Like our parents, Jack was an avid reader was always well informed about current events. He was also a gifted handyman who helped to maintain our parents' house over many years in addition to creatively improving and caring for his own house.

Jack was a kind, sensitive, and selfless soul who was a model for us all in his non-judgmental, empathetic view of his fellow humans. We all miss him sorely. May he rest in peace.

A Private Inurnment will take place at
FORT SAM HOUSTON NATIONAL CEMETERY

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Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery
San Antonio, TX

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