Emile Mariotte Holeman

Born: Wed., Nov. 19, 1930
Died: Sun., Jun. 7, 2020


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Mon., Jun. 15, 2020
Location: Pendleton Pioneer Chapel

Graveside Service

11:00 AM Tue., Jun. 16, 2020
Location: Olney Cemetery

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Emile Mariotte Holeman died June 7, 2020 at McKay Creek Estates, surrounded by his family. Viewing will be held at Pioneer Chapel Monday, June 15 between the hours of 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM. Due to the recent COVID-19 pandemic, a memorial service will be held at the gravesite of Betty and Emile at Olney Cemetery on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at 11:00 AM. The family requests that people in attendance observe social distancing guidelines. There will be drive by observance for those who wish to remain in their vehicle, and a live stream of the service will be available on Facebook at Pendleton Pioneer Chapel Folsom Bishop.

Emile was born on November 19, 1930 in Pendleton, Oregon, one of four children (two sons and two daughters) born to Isaac and Catherine Holeman. He was raised in Pendleton in the stone house still standing on Emigrant Avenue. Emile graduated from Pendleton High School in 1948 where he was an outstanding athlete in football, basketball and track. He was chosen to play on the very first Oregon Shrine Football team.

After graduation, Emile attended the University of Oregon where he played football for his beloved Ducks and pledged the Sigma Chi Fraternity. As an incoming freshman at that fraternity, he entertained nightly by singing before dinner with his life-long friend, Jim Calderwood.

After a career ending football injury, Emile returned to Pendleton, and in April of 1951 married the love of his life whom he first met at Hawthorne Elementary, Betty Lou Pollock. They were married for 60 years when Betty Lou passed away in April of 2011. Together they had five children, three girls and two boys. Their first daughter, Terrie Lynne Holeman, died at the age of 2 from leukemia.

Emile owned and operated a Texaco service station for 35 years in Pendleton. After closing the station in 1991, and upon encouragement from his friend and campaign manager Mike Kilkenny, he ran for Umatilla County Commissioner. He was elected in 1991 and served 4 terms (16 years) as Commissioner of Umatilla County. Emile was a good listener, and was known for his honesty and integrity. He was a strong leader and a mentor to many, and was liked and respected by his peers and staff alike. He retired at the age of 76. Emile loved his community and made many civic contributions. He worked tirelessly to make Pendleton a better place. Activities and distinctions include Pendleton City Council, District 16R School Board, Happy Canyon Board of Directors, Western Heritage Board of Directors, State of Oregon PERS Board Member, First Citizen Award recipient and Pendleton Linebacker Hall of Fame Inductee.

Emile was preceded in death by his daughter, his beloved wife Betty Lou, his brother Gilbert, two sisters Mary Louise and Suzette, and his parents. He is survived by daughters Marla Royal and husband Mark, Amy Freeman and husband Dale, sons Mike Holeman and wife Stacey, Eric Holeman and wife Kathy, 15 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.

Emile leaves a legacy in Pendleton, which will be remembered fondly for generations to come. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Good Shepherd Hospice.

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Tara McLaughlin Fleshman
   Posted Tue June 09, 2020
Emile was such a sweet man, my thoughts are with the family, so sorry for your loss!

tom weeks
   Posted Wed June 10, 2020
A gentleman and a gentle man...my prayers and thoughts to his family. Tom Weeks

Dave Webb
   Posted Thu June 11, 2020
I’m sorry to hear of Emile’s passing I always enjoyed seeing and talking to him

Barbara Morrow Gibbs
   Posted Fri June 12, 2020
Dear Marla and family. Please accept my condolences for the passing of your Dad. His involvement in the community was remarkable but not more than his being the best Dad to you all. Sincerely Barb

Magdalena Pisica
   Posted Mon June 15, 2020

WARM SMILE was sent by Magdalena Pisica.

Sending you lots of love and comfort, we are so sorry for your loss. With much love, Aura Banica, Magda, John, Andrei & Nicholas Pisica

Janet Runnion
   Posted Mon June 15, 2020
He always seemed to have a smile on his sweet face. I am so sorry about your great loss.

Carol S Fitzsimmons
   Posted Tue June 16, 2020
So sorry to hear of your father's passing.

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