iconHOLLISTER, JAY J. Jay J. Hollister, loving husband, father and friend, died with absolute courage on January 10, 2013. He was born in Harvard, IL, on December 17, 1919, and raised in Chicago, IL. In 1942 he enlisted in the Marine Corp and while stationed in San Diego, CA, in 1943 he met and married his wife, Pat. Jay sailed into combat in 1944 and was subsequently wounded on the island of Saipan in June, 1944. He was a recipient of the Purple Heart. Jay worked as a mail carrier for the USPS from 1945 to 1975. He earned his Barber License in 1950 and barbered hair part time until the age of 91. After retiring from the Post Office, Jay worked for the County of San Diego as a school bus driver for mentally and physically challenged kids. The kids dearly loved him. Jay and his wife, Pat, moved from Chula Vista, CA, to Sonoma, CA, in 1992. He was predeceased by his oldest son, J. Jay Hollister, in 1963. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Pat Hollister, and two children, Michael Hollister and Susan Hollister-Schell, and her husband John W. Schell. A memorial mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on February 2, 2013 at St. Francis of Solano Catholic Church, 300 West Napa Street, Sonoma, CA. Duggan's Mission Chapel, Mission Cremation Service at (707) 996-3655 or at: duggansmissionchapel.com. "Semper Fi" Jay.

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Jan. 25, 2013