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Donald Bernard Hollister

Donald Bernard Hollister, age 93, passed away peacefully to be with the Lord on February 20, 2021 at the age of 93. In November 2020, he was diagnosed with Covid-19 and was in and out of the hospital battling the disease.


Don Hollister

Donald was born in Santa Barbara, California in 1927 to Mary Elizabeth Warren Hollister and Robert Baker Hollister. He had 3 brothers and one sister: Robert, Jr (Robbie) Howard, Charles (Charlie) and Marion (Hoffman). He was raised on the Maria Ygnacia Ranch in Santa Barbara at the end of San Marcos Pass.


Don spent 10 years in the Goleta 4H Club raising gardens’ chickens and 50 Duroc Jersey (Red) Pigs. He graduated in 1946 and enlisted in the Army right out of High School. He spent one year during World War II in Japan with the First Radio Squadron Army Security Agency as a supply sergeant. He was discharged in 1948 at Ft Lawton, Washington.


Don returned home to work at his family owned lumber yard. “Goleta Valley Building Supply”. His father died shortly after he returned home. In October of 1950 he was called back into the Army Reserves with the Tennessee National Guard, a combat engineering battalion building bridges across rivers as a supply sergeant in Korea. He ended up at the 38th parallel and was discharged in 1951. When he came home, he worked on various ranches in the Santa Ynez Valley, then Buell Flat Rock until 1957.


In 1957 he took over the Herbst Plating Company in Santa Barbara until 1967. Then he bought the controlling interest in West Coast Plating in Buellton as the PR manager to develop the business. It went from an 8 hour per day operation to 24 hours per day. From 1970-78 he lived in Montecito. He married Margaret “Peggy” Armstrong in 1971. She died in 1976.


He moved to Solvang, California. As a hobby he raised pigmy goats and Merino Sheep, the same healthy breed of sheep that his great uncle Col. Hollister drove across country in the 1850’s settling in what is now Hollister, California. In his retirement he served as camp host at several different parks, the last being at Lake Cachuma.


He met and married Shirley Eyre in 2013. In 2017 he went on an honor flight to Washington, DC. His wife Shirley served as his Guardian: A trip that really honored Veterans of past conflicts and wars. They moved to Hollister, Missouri in 2018. He was honored as Branson Bank’s Veteran of the Quarter. He is survived by his wife Shirley Hollister, step-daughter Brenda Tallmadge (David) many grand and great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.


He and his wife Shirley had nine really good and happy years together and blessed each day that they had each other to share and go through life together. He will be mightily missed. Arrangements and cremation are under the direction of Cremations of the Ozarks. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.cremationsoftheozarks.com.

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