James "Jim" Hollens, age 67, of Ashland, Ore., passed away Tuesday, July 24, 2012, at home surrounded by his wife and children. Jim was born July 26, 1944, in Hollywood, Calif., to George W. Jr. and Rita Getzen Hollens, and grew up in the San Fernando Valley. He graduated from California State University at Northridge in 1969 with a B.S. in Biology. In 1973 he completed a M.S. at Southern Oregon University followed by two years of post graduate work at Oregon State University in Range Management.
Jim worked several years as a secondary school teacher in Medford, a summer Rogue River guide, and for 15 years as a technician for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in Medford. He retired in 1995 because of conditions secondary to brain cancer.
Jim fell in love with Southern Oregon and was passionate about the native vegetation of the Rogue Valley. He loved taxonomic botany, fishing, gardening, jazz and classical music, and later helping brain tumor survivors in coping with their physical and emotional challenges.
Jim is survived by his beloved wife of 42 years, Deborah Melone Hollens; and his children, Peter Hollens, of Eugene, Ore., and Meghan Hollens, of Bend, Ore. Jim was extremely proud of the achievements of Peter, a professional singer and music producer, and Meghan, a neuro/trauma nurse.
The family owes their deep gratitude to the team at Ashland Home Health and Hospice and to Jim's excellent caregivers from Interim Health Care, Medford. A fund has been established at SOU Hannon Library in Jim's memory for the purchase of botanical and ecological books concerning the Pacific Northwest.