Martin Joseph Kollar, Jr.
November 12, 1948 ~ October 30, 2022
Martin Joseph Kollar Jr., beloved husband, father, son, brother, friend, teacher, and coach, passed away peacefully on October 30th, 2022. Marty was born on November 12th, 1948, in Ft. Belvoir, Virginia, the eldest son of Martin J. Kollar Sr. and Edith Rudolph Kollar. Growing up in a military family fostered a love of adventure and travel. After graduating from New Mexico State University, earning both his Bachelor’s and Master’s, Marty found his calling as a Department of Defense Dependents Schools educator. In 1983, he began his legacy at Kaiserslautern American High School in Kaiserslautern, Germany. As a teacher of social sciences and the coach of both cross country and track, Marty never missed an opportunity to connect with those around him. Motivating students to push their limits both in the classroom and on the course, Marty’s inspiration and encouragement will have a lasting impact for years to come.
While at K-Town, Marty met Jean, the love of his life. They were married on July 2nd, 1991, in Bern, Switzerland. Between them, they have four daughters and nine grandchildren.
In 2007, Marty and Jeannie retired from teaching and relocated to Palm Beach Gardens to continue their adventures. In his retirement, Marty spent his time managing his record collection, traveling with Jeannie, entertaining friends and family, and developing his love of fine wine. Not one to sit around, Marty turned his hobby into a full-time job as the ‘The Wine Specialist’ at Publix.
His last month was spent doing what he loved: a trip home with his wife to visit his mother, an adventure in Paris, and a train ride.
Marty is survived by his mother, Edith, brother, Kevin, wife, Jean, daughters, Megan (Kellen) LaBelle, Tracey (Clinton) Hafford, and Rebecca (Chad) Nelson, and grandchildren, Allison, Kailey, Lola, Jack, Scout, Colton, Blakely, Saryn, and Emerson. He was preceded in death by his father and his precious daughter, Brittany.
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, November 12th at the Bistro in Jupiter, Florida. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either of these organizations: https://form.jotform.com/GOTRPB/in_memory_marty_kollar
https://www.cahh.org Once you select the link and the donation button, there will be a drop down link that will allow you to select “in memory of Marty Kollar”
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