OBITUARY: William “Skipper” Weatherford Hollen 

Feb 7, 1944 – January 18, 2024

William “Skipper” Weatherford Hollen left this world just three weeks shy of 80 years, reminding us to the very end that he had lived a very good life. It was one filled with travel and adventures, not with possessions. 

Born in El Paso to Dr. Theodore Thomas Hollen Jr. and Emma Katurah “Cheta” Weatherford Hollen, he was a force to be reckoned with and developed his sense of adventure, humor and strongly held opinions on just about everything early in life. 

He graduated from Pecos High School where he met and married Anna Marie Hoyt of Pecos, Texas, and they had one perfect daughter, Shelly Ann Hollen, so found no need to have any more children. They separated in 1978 and eventually divorced, and from then on, Skipper swore off marriage and kept to his decision to remain single until the day he died. He had no grandchildren but found that role filled by the lovely Ruby Worth Evans, daughter of Sid and Chrysti Evans. Worth lovingly referred to him as her Skippaw. He adored her and she adored him, and there was very little in life that gave him as much joy as simply taking her to town for a McDonald’s run or watching her rodeo.

A man of many skills, from a prolific storyteller to being able to manage complex calculations on the fly, he followed several career paths. He owned his own trucking company, dabbled in real estate, worked for a marine salvage company in Galveston, cowboyed on the family ranch south of Marfa, Texas, and finally worked as a construction supervisor with STR  Constructors for wind farms and building projects across Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico for over two decades. He served as a consultant on independent projects until the day he passed. 

Skipper had a larger-than-life personality that was hard to forget, and he touched many lives, whether he was making them laugh with his numerous stories or infuriating them with his unfiltered commentary on weight, age or politics. When he could no longer leave the house due to his oxygen limitations, he entertained himself by making a sport out of verbally insulting spam callers until they refused to call back.

He loved to cook and often assisted his brother-in-law, Glenn Moreland, in chuckwagon competitions. The entire family looked forward to his annual Christmas distribution of homemade red enchilada sauce and tamales, both pork and green chile chicken.  

Skipper is survived by his daughter, Shelly Hollen, and her husband, Michael Wood; his ex-wife, Anna Hoyt; his older brother, Ted Hollen; sister Patty Moreland and her husband Glenn Moreland; and nine surviving nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by both parents and his youngest sister, Nancy Hollen Black, and her son Damon Black, and brother-in-law, Ricky Black.

He leaves behind a refrigerator with four squeeze margarine bottles, a bottle of horseradish sauce that expired in April of 2019, a tube of hamburger meat so old that it had buzzards gathering, countless collections of doodads, gimme hats, pocket knives, but more importantly, he leaves a long list of family, friends and neighbors who adored him, a huge hole in each of our hearts and lives that will be long in healing.

If you are so inclined, donations can be made to the COPD Foundation, American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, Skin Cancer Foundation or Bloys Camp Meeting Association.


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