Duane Clark Hollan, 67, born February 1, 1945, in Ritzville, Wash., to Emil and Pauline Hollan, quietly passed away in his sleep during the morning hours of Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, at his Grand Coulee, Washington home.
December 26, 1975, saw Duane’s best post-Christmas present ever, when he married Clarkette Perry in Ephrata, Wash. In 2005 he retired as a material engineering technician with the Bureau of Reclamation following 41 years of federal service, during which he was proud of his contributions to the operation of Grand Coulee Dam.
A member of the Grand Coulee Moose Lodge, he enjoyed playing cards and visiting with friends. Duane had a unique way about him which allowed him to make friends where ever he went whether in line at the grocery store or in the stands proudly watching his childrens and grandchildren’s sporting events. Speaking of athletics – everyone who knew Duane, knew he loved sports. If he was around the house working with his many hobbies such as maintaining his beautifully landscaped yard, gardening, working in his garage, cataloging his collections of sport cards or cooking, there was certain to be a radio or TV nearby broadcasting a game.
Possessing a kind and generous heart and an introspective side which enjoyed reading, doing crosswords or just talking, Duane could with equal ease and without warning lay a wisecrack on some unsuspecting soul which would leave him laughing boisterously, and the recipient shaking his head with a smirk thinking, “what a smart…alec!”
Duane was good at any activity which he took an interest in, of which he enjoyed many, but his greatest pleasure was spending time with his family, each of whom he loved dearly. A very proud husband, dad, grandpa and great-grandpa, his most cherished possessions were those cards, photos and gifts given him by his family.
Predeceased by both parents and stepfather; Duane’s legacy lives on through his beloved wife of 37 years Clarkette Hollan; seven daughters: Terri Hollan, Tammi Hollan (Mark), Niki Wodehouse (Loren), Lori Pope (Jarrett), Wendi Dorchak (Rob), Heather Crawford (Rafael) and Heidi Worley (Seth); 16 grandchildren: Tynan Hollan, Chad Schafer, Nathan Perez, Jacob Reichert, Marissa Reichert, Tawni Jahns, Taisha Killian, Trey Haines, Jantzen Wodehouse, Karsyn Wodehouse, Tanner Pope, Kendall Pope, Jayden Hollan, Trysten Crawford, Harlie Crawford and Maxwell Worley; six great-grandchildren; sister Anita Wann (Bill); numerous nephews and nieces and his four-legged empty nester relief “Monica”.
All are invited to a 1 p.m., celebration of Duane’s life on Friday Oct. 19, at the United Methodist Church, 405 Center Street, Grand Coulee.
An online register book is available at www.stratefuneralhome.com. Strate Funeral Home of Grand Coulee, is honored to be assisting Duane’s family.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to the charity of their choice.