Hollister businessman and civic leader Wayne A. Hone passed away
at St. Louise Regional Hospital on Sunday, October 17 at the age of
72 years.
Hollister businessman and civic leader Wayne A. Hone passed away at St. Louise Regional Hospital on Sunday, October 17 at the age of 72 years.

A native of Yuma, Colo., Wayne moved to Richmond, California from Colorado in 1943. His high school education was received at Richmond Union High School. During the period from 1951 to 1955, Wayne served with the U.S. Navy aboard the USS New Jersey, the Wisconsin and the Rochester Cruiser. During the Korean War, he also served on the Halsey Powell and St. Paul Cruiser in addition to the New Jersey. Upon his discharge from the Navy, he spent a year assisting his father in the family’s salad dressing business. It was during that period, March 18, 1955, that he started in the title insurance business at Land Title Company of Redwood City. After five years, he started U.S. Title Co. in 1960 and was the Chief Title Officer. His company then merged with Stewart Title which created his position as a County Manager. In 1965 his career took him to Transamerica Title where he created the first Special Projects Department. It was in 1970 that he met his wife to be Dee Hone. They were married in 1972. In 1974, Wayne started the Santa Clara Land & Title Company which he developed to 15 offices employing 200 people. In 1984, his interest was purchased by Carl Cookson. Unable to remain idle, he started forming San Benito Land Title in 1988 and opened its first office in 1989. He completely retired in 2002 when he sold his interest to First American Title.

Wayne has been a resident of Hollister since 1990. He is a life member of Hollister Post 9242 Veterans Of Foreign Wars. He is a member of the Hollister Rotary Club, and most importantly, he was very proud to have served as Chairman for the remodeling of Eric Tognazzini’s home (Eric’s House Project). Wayne was a former Director and Past President of the Board Of Directors of the 33rd District Agricultural Association; a member of the Economic Development Committee for San Benito County; served on the Board of Managers for San Benito County YMCA.; a member of Hollister Lodge No. 1436 BPOE; the SIRS; NRA; and a board member of the Central Republican Committee for San Benito County.

“Our dad was a staunch Bush supporter” said his family. “His outside interests were golf, golf, and golf, and making as many trips each year as possible to Hawaii.”

Surviving Wayne is his wife Dee Hone of Hollister; children Cynthia Hagan (Spouse Patrick) of San Ramon; Darren Hone of Denver, Colo.; Tucker LangLois (Spouse Evanjelina) of Hollister; Lynette Robinson (Spouse Keith) of LaMesa; Robin Stewart (Spouse David) of Gilroy; Michel LangLois (Spouse Gale) of Stockton; and the late Dean Hone. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Carmen and Barbara Daino of Northridge; and niece Britt Daino of Northridge.

Visitation will be held at the chapel of the Grunnagle Ament Nelson Funeral Home on Thursday from noon until 8pm.

Friends may also pay their respects on Friday morning beginning at 9:30am at the First Presbyterian Church 2066 Cienega Rd., Hollister and are invited to attend the funeral service immediately following at 10am.

Interment with military honors will be at the San Juan District Cemetery in San Juan Bautista.

Friends may make donations to the American Lung Assn. or American Heart Assn. c/o Grunnagle Ament Nelson Funeral Home 870 San Benito St., Hollister

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