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Hollie Truman Slaathaug September 20, 1938 - May 13, 2024

Hollie Truman Slaathaug

Hollie Truman Slaathaug, 85 of Kuna, Idaho peacefully passed away on May 13th, 2024, in Meridian Meadows Transitional Care Facility. Hollie (Slaats) was born in Boise, Idaho to Henry and Jessie Slaathaug on September 20, 1938. He was a talented athlete who loved playing sports including football, track, and basketball. He graduated from Kuna High School in 1956. Shortly after graduation Hollie joined the US Navy and traveled the world including Spain, Japan, Iceland, France, and Norway. When Hollie was stationed at Quonset Naval Base in Rhode Island. He met his wife, Karren Mageau. They married on December 6, 1968. Karren brought two young daughters into the marriage whom Hollie loved as his own. When stationed in Rota, Spain, he fulfilled one of their dreams by buying Terry & Patti a horse, teaching them responsibility and horsemanship. Experiencing the Spanish culture was instilled in them early on, taking many trips up and down the Mediterranean coastline, going to bullfights, and visiting a Bodega or two along the way. In 1971, the Navy brought them back to United States to Meridian, Mississippi where Hollie and Karren welcomed their third daughter Holli Pilar in 1973. After serving his country for 20 years Hollie retired from the Navy in 1976 and moved his family back home to Idaho. In 1977, Hollie began his career as a warehouse foreman for the National Interagency Fire Center (BLM) and spent many summers supplying the lines across the country. Hollie retired from NIFC in 2002. In 2006 Hollie and Karren packed up and moved to Newport, Oregon fulfilling a dream to be close to the ocean which they both loved, spending many happy years together driving the coast and going on adventures. Hollie and Karren moved back to Idaho in 2011 and bought a home in Kuna, Idaho.

Hollie and Karren welcomed many people into their home for a good meal and laughs. Hollie took pride in his famous sourdough pancakes and biscuits as well as his carrot cake. He loved cooking for family and friends. Hollie was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved spending time in the Idaho mountains. Hollie’s love for animals overflowed onto his daughters helping them with their horses and raising sheep for 4H. He instilled in his girls that “I can’t” was not in their vocabulary. Hollie impacted countless lives. While he was called the “Big Guy” and could be a bit intimidating at first, due to his large stature, yet his heart and his love for his family was even bigger. He was a good friend and neighbor, loved to read about history, philosophy, and had a love for learning that never ended. There was always a story to tell, a laugh to be had. The hole that is left in our hearts by the “Big Guy” is unfillable. Hollie will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Hollie is preceded in death by his wife, Karren Slaathaug of Boise, ID, brother Gary Slaathaug of Meridian, ID, parents Henry Slaathaug of Kuna, ID, and Jessie Slaathaug Hubble of Kuna, ID, stepfather Allen Hubble of Kuna, ID, niece Doris Anne Skillings of St Anthony, ID and nephew Eric Slaathaug of Pasco, WA.

Hollie is survived by three daughters, Karen (Dallas) Feehely Manternach of Scobey MT. Patti (Steve) Feehely Luchte of Lenore ID and Holli Pilar (Jim) Slaathaug Vanatta Boise, ID. Sister Sharie Slaathaug Peterson of Kuna ID, brother Kevin Hubble of McCall, ID, sisters Sara (Marcus) Carlton of Schertz, TX, and Donna (Mike) Gerrity of Camono Island, WA. Granddaughters, Leah (Galen) Crippin of Phoenix AZ, Heather Luchte of Coeur D Alene, ID, Haylee (Ron) Schonenbach of Huntly MT, and grandsons JD Manternach of Scobey, MT and, Connor Manternach of Scobey MT, along with multiple great grandchildren, nephews, and nieces.

Hollie’s daughters would like to invite friends and family to a celebrate Hollie’s Life at the Revolution Concert Center ~ 4983 N Glenwood St Garden City, ID 83714, on Sunday, June 9th at 3PM for a memorial pot luck to share food and stories of Hollie’s life. Military Services will be held at The Idaho State Veterans Cemetery on Monday, June 10th at 1:00. If you plan to attend please show up 15 minutes early. The website address for the cemetery is Idaho State Veterans Cemetery – Boise | Division of Veterans Services.

Arrangements are under the direction of Bowman Funeral Parlor of Garden City.

Hollie’s daughters would like to invite friends and family to a celebrate Hollie’s Life at the Revolution Concert Center ~ 4983 N Glenwood St Garden City, ID 83714, on Sunday, June 9th at 3PM for a memorial pot luck to share food and stories of Hollie’s life. Military Services will be held at The Idaho State Veterans Cemetery on Monday, June 10th at 1:00. If you plan to attend please show up 15 minutes early. The website address for the cemetery is Idaho State Veterans Cemetery – Boise | Division of Veterans Services.

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