JOSEPH STEVE JOLLEY, also known as J. Steve Jolley, (Age 70) passed away on October 3rd, 2021. He is survived by his beloved wife of almost 48 years, Marianne Herman Jolley. His life was taken suddenly by a pulmonary embolism caused by a blood cancer known as Polycythemia Vera. Steve was born in Idaho Falls, Idaho, on March 19, 1951, to Reed and Kathryne Jolley and was the oldest of eight children. Both of his parents and his sister, Kerry White, preceded him in death. He is survived by the following siblings and their spouses: Jackson (Tabby) Jolley, Kathy Smith, Scott Jolley, Dane Jolley, Linda Odom, and Lisa (Mike) Pearson and many wonderful nieces and nephews.
Steve grew up in Boise, Idaho, and attended Borah High School. He worked in his father’s butcher shop and as a welder at Gate City Steel. Prior to graduation from Boise State with a degree in accounting, he married Marianne on January 5, 1974, then moved to Spokane Valley where they lived until his passing. Steve initially worked as the Chief Financial Officer of Spokane Valley General Hospital. However, his true desire was to become a lawyer so he attended Gonzaga School of Law and graduated in 1982 Magna Cum Laude. He joined the family firm of Herman, Herman & Jolley, P.S., and practiced law with his father-in-law, Howard, and brother-in-law, Dave. Marianne later joined the firm as the Office Manager. Steve fit well into the family business and contributed greatly to its success. His practice focused primarily on litigation, estate planning, probate, business transactions, collections, municipal law and mediations.
He participated in many sports including baseball, football, wrestling, foosball, tennis, soccer, downhill skiing, kayaking, hunting, fishing and golf. He immensely enjoyed playing golf with friends and clients and a group called “The Whiners”. He and Marianne often visited the area casinos. Much of Steve’s social life centered around family gatherings and travel. As long as there was a Mexican restaurant, a golf course or a casino nearby, Steve was happy.
Steve loved his work helping people with their legal problems. Many were blessed by his life and depended upon him. Most importantly, Steve loved his Marianne and stood by her side as she dealt with very difficult health issues. He was a faithful and loving husband. When Marianne first introduced Steve to her family, she described him as “a diamond in the rough”. She saw his true potential and with her help, Steve achieved his goals and became an exceptional professional person and was a friend to many people. He will be greatly missed. Though Steve did not get the chance to say goodbye, he would have said as he often did, “It’s time to go, Mare.”
A Celebration of Life will be held to honor Steve at the Mirabeau Park Hotel and Convention Center, 1100 N. Sullivan Road, Spokane Valley, WA, on November 5, 2021, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. with a short program around 2:30 p.m. Due to the mask mandate, masks will be made available at the door. Out-of-town guests may reserve rooms at the Hotel by calling 509-924-9000. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in Steve’s honor may be made to: Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery, American Cancer Society and Wounded Warrior Project.