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David Hollier

January 24, 1934 ~ July 24, 2017

Service: July 31, 2017 2:00 PM
   Location: Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ

David Richter Hollier was born on January 24, 1934 in Bozeman, MT, to Eleanor and Sam Hollier.  He grew up in Bozeman, attended Emerson School, then the Gallatin County High School, where he was a member of the comedic musical drama society called the Piddly Moslims, and graduated Valedictorian of his class in 1952.  During summers, he worked in the pea cannery. On a full scholarship he attended Pomona College, where he studied economics and met his future wife, Sally. They married the day after graduation, embarking on sixty-one happy years of marriage.  His first years of marriage were peripatetic, taking him and his growing family to Rhode Island, Georgia, Alaska, Washington, California and Connecticut, first through his Navy service, then his job with Union Carbide.  Working in New York City he grew disillusioned with the corporate world and decided, with Sally, to move his family back to Bozeman in 1972, where he worked first as a carpenter, then established himself as an independent CPA.  After retirement, he and Sally split their time between Laguna Beach, California and Bozeman. 

A great joy of Dave's throughout life was singing, in college glee club, church, community and symphonic choirs, and European cathedral singing tours, but also with his family on car trips and around the campfire.  He liked growing things; for years, he grew enough green beans and zucchini to keep the family in vegetables all winter, and he built a prized greenhouse to cultivate cucumbers and tomatoes in Montana's abbreviated growing season.  In recent years, he spent the better part of many days taming the wilderness “down below” his house on Spring Creek Drive.  He loved to fix things and was a patient teacher to his kids, working with them cutting firewood, repairing cars, salvaging bicycles, renovating houses, and fixing household gadgets—he'd always rather fix something than replace it.  As treasurer of Pilgrim Congregational Church, Dave worked steadily behind the scenes for 40 years and established a sustainable system to help ensure the church's financial stability beyond his own tenure. 

He loved the mountains, camping, skiing, canoeing, lattes (a pleasure introduced by his son, Bill), the Sunday crossword, a good bargain, classical music of all sorts, but especially Bach and opera, homemade cookies, and his many friends. He often asked to celebrate his January birthday with a very cold picnic along the Madison River. He delighted in his grandchildren.  A kind and generous man, he will be dearly missed. 

Dave is predeceased by his sister, Sammy Lou; his brother, Sam; and his son, Bill.  He is survived by his wife, Sally; his children, Sarah, Dave and Carol; and grandchildren, Daniel, Sam, Lucy, Meredith, Emma, Nowell, Rosa and Jet.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Dave's memory to Bozeman Health Deaconess Cancer Center at 931 Highland Blvd., Suite 3130, Bozeman, MT 59715.

A memorial service will be held Monday, July 31, at 2 P.M, at Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ.

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