A 2000 graduate of Nevada High School, now living in Denver, Colo., said he can’t imagine enjoying any community more than Nevada as a place to grow up.
Jonathan “Jon” Holstine, 36, works as a financial systems accountant for the federal government and is raising two daughters — Adilyn, 4, and Maya, 2 — with his wife, Lindi (Olson), also of Nevada. He said since he has started his family, the biggest thing he thinks about from his own childhood is the sense of community.
“All the people who supported me throughout…all the people who gave such positive energy to the community and expected nothing in return,” he said, created a sense of “positive giving and supporting others” and that is what sticks with him as an adult.
“As negative rhetoric prevails at times these days, I look back and know that what will help us move forward is a positive, selfless giving that I witnessed and benefited from as a child.”
After graduating from Nevada High School, Holstine attended the University of Iowa. After graduating from there, he returned to Nevada for a time and coached basketball with Joel Fey.
“At the time, my older brother Kevin lived in Denver, and we both (he and Lindi, who he’d been dating) thought it would be a great place to live.” So, eventually, he took a finance job and a high school coaching job there. He did consult for his first eight years, then became a federal government employee.
“I greatly enjoy the work I am doing now,” he said. About his future career goals, he’s unsure where life will take him. He’s stopped coaching high school sports right now and has looked at boss or management positions through work that would provide him the opportunity to inspire, mentor and lead others. All in all, he said, the systems and accounting world has provided him with challenges and an enjoyable career.
Holstine defines his life as “fortunate.” “I was raised by great parents and had three very great older brothers to learn from,” he said.
He remembers watching his brothers play sports. “Watching my brothers play Nevada basketball was probably my favorite thing to do. I had the dream of taking Nevada to state for all of those teams that never made it, but unfortunately, it didn’t happen.”
What did happen, however, was a lot of success in soccer. “Being ball boy under the lights as Nevada’s soccer tradition was built by Harv Bainter Jr., Billy Mottet, my oldest brothers Andy and Rob and those guys was something I always enjoyed. I got to carry on that tradition, first playing with my brother Kevin’s great team that won conference (prior to state being an option), and I was then on two of the best Nevada teams ever my junior and senior year.” Nevada soccer ended up finishing third at state his junior year and won state his senior year.
Sports was a big part of Holstine’s growing-up years, so it’s no surprise that when it comes to people who influenced him, some of those were coaches. “Coach Joel Fey took over the basketball program in my junior year and influenced me throughout my high school years, college years, coaching years and remains one of my best friends to this day.” In soccer, he said, his team was “coached by two great men. Junior Grismore and the great Harv Bainter. Harvey coached all of my brothers’ soccer teams and coached me from the time I was 6, all the way through our state championship in 2000. He was such a special person that gave and gave and gave and his selfless actions still impact my views today.”
Other teachers he remembers most include Mrs. Knott from elementary school, Mrs. Dobson from middle school and Mr. Thompson from high school.
The greatest influences in his life, however, came from his parents. “My dad had a job he truly loved and showed me what it looks like to be fully committed to both a job and a family. He worked his butt off for Hertz, but never missed any of my ballgames. My mom took on the role of keeping four boys in line and involved in any activity they asked. She carted us around and kept us and our friends fully fed, and I never once heard her complain. On top of that, she took on the role of school board president for many years and showed us what it meant to be involved in all aspects of a community.”
Holstine now looks to take the lessons of positive giving and influence his own daughters, whose personalities, he said, are very different from one another. Adilyn, he said, is the kindest person he’s ever met. “She is full of love for everyone and…is definitely the shy one of the two. She likes to take it all in before jumping in.” Maya is independent and full of fire. “She knows what she wants and is determined to do things on her own.”
Both girls love to sing, dance, play in the backyard and go on walks, he said.
His wife also has a successful career as a revenue manager for a software company. “More importantly, she is a wonderful mother to our children and a great teammate to share my life journey with.”
Holstine said he still enjoys playing basketball, “although age has caught up to me.” He also enjoys comedy and music shows, getting up into the mountains and snowboarding, and coaching, only now, instead of high school sports, he’s coaching his daughter’s first soccer team.
The Holstines make it back to Nevada once or twice a year to visit his parents, and his brother-in-law and his son. “We always enjoy our time visiting. I still have a fair amount of friends spread throughout Iowa, but with young kids and both grandparents needing quality time, it has been hard the last few years to meet up with as many people as I would like.”
As far as Nevada goes, Holstine will remember it as a place full of teachers and principals who were unique, and a place where love and support were abundant. It’s a place that had an old community pool full of memories and had other great places to spend time, like the Camelot Theater, Minsky’s and Starbucks. It was fun during Lincoln Highway Days. “Many of my best friends to this day were from friendships formed in Nevada. Nevada was a wonderful place to grow up.”