Marlene Kay “Marti” Hollenback – the owner of the Dishman Dodge Ram Chrysler Jeep dealership – has passed away at the age of 74.
Hollenback died at Valley Hospital on April 15 after a short illness. Services were held April 27 at Spokane Valley Baptist Church.
Hollenback was honored with the 2014 Harry E. Nelson Citizen of the Year Award by the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce. The award is given annually to an individual who has demonstrated exemplary serve to the business community.
Hollenback left her 20-plus-year career as a registered nurse to take over the dealership from her father, the late Mark K. Hollenback.
Marlene Hollenback, a lifetime area resident, was born July 6, 1942, at Deaconess Hospital. She graduated from Central Valley High School in 1960 and also attended Washington state University. She transferred to the Deaconess School of Nursing, graduating in 1964.
Hollenback then became a nurse at Valley Medical Hospital in 1969 and served as head nurse of the pediatric unit. She continued her studies, earning a bachelor of health science degree and worked with Empire Health Services, eventually becoming director of community programs.
In 1995, she joined Dishman Dodge, initially as general manager and later owner/principal dealer.
Hollenback was active in several service organizations, including Red Cross, Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce, Spokane Valley Community Center, Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery and more. She also served on the Washington State Auto Dealers Association.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Mark and Allene Hollenback. She is survived by two sisters, Jeanne (Larry) Leach and Cheri Hollenback, along with her children, Dee Dee (Carl) Christian, Mark Waltermire, Matthew (Robyn) Waltermire, Denielle (Shane) Stuhlmiller plus several grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery or Hearth Homes.