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|Thursday, October 9, 2003|
Memorial services, a celebration of life, for Daniel Paul Bolis will be conducted at 11 a.m., Saturday, October 4, at Crandall's Funreal Home, Evanston, Wyoming. Cremation has taken place.
Dan Bolis died Monday night, September 29, 2003 at his home in Robertson. He was 66 years of age. He was born September 6, 1937 in Denver, Colorado. He was the oldest son of Louis E. and Pauline (Tubbs) Bolis. He grew up and attended schools in Golden, Colorado.
He was in the United States Navy from 1956 to 1960 and honorably discharged as a third class petty officer. He married Susan Kriken in Washington state, and they had three sons. They later divorced.
After leaving the Navy, he worked for Coors Porcelain Company in Golden from 1961 to 1962. He joined the Colorado State Patrol in 1962 and was stationed in Pueblo, Colorado, for the next seven years. In 1970 Dan joined the Pueblo Fire Department and advanced through the ranks to the level of Fire Captain. During his time at the fire department, Dan earned a G. E. D. dgree, an A. A. Degree in Fire Science from Pike's Peak Community College, a BA in Social Sciences from the University of Southern Colorado, and a Masters Degree in Public Administration. He was a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honorary Scholastic Fraternity. He fought to get the El Paso Community College sponsored fire science program into a Pueblo classroom. He was one of the State Board of Community College certified vocational instructors for the program, which he tackled wholeheartedly as a part of an agreement to have fire science courses taught in Pueblo for accreditation.
Dan was hired as Fire Chief for the Albany, Oregon Fire Department in August 1980. He managed the fire department and an advanced life support ambulance service. Dan married Delors "DeeDee" Deadwiley Sykes, formerly of Guthrie in 1983 and became "Dad" to two teenage daughters. After earning 3 college degrees, at his 30-year high school reunion Dan proudly received his high school diploma. He was also elected to the Board of Directors of the Oregon Fire Chiefs Association and became president of the organization for 1986-87. He was vice-chairman of the Oregon Fire Standards and Accreditation Board, member of Advisory Committee of the Oregon Public Utility Commission Hazardous Materials, and a member of the Western Fire Chiefs Association and the international Association of Fire Chiefs.
In 1989 Dan became the Human Resource Manager for the Oregon Office of the State Fire Marshal and in 1991 took the position of State Fire Training Director. He retired in 1993. He took all the horticulture classes available at a community college and trained as a Master Gardener with Oregon State University Extension Service. He then took a pottery class and began a hobby that he loved for the rest of his life.
He made the move to Riverton, Wyoming, in 1996 with his wife DeeDee to be closer to their families. He taught a pottery class at the local community college until he built a pottery studio at his home which he shared with his pottery buddies.
The family was in the process of moving to Robertson where Dan had dreamed of retiring to for many years. Dan was full of life and lived life to the fullest. He was interested in everything, had many hobbies and enjoyed learning new things. He loved to entertain people with jokes and stores. His compassion, desire and ability to help others was neverending. He was adored by his family, and he was devoted to his wife, sons, daughters and their spouses and grandsons, as the center of his universe. He had a large extended blended family and loved his wife's relatives as his own. He included as family many treasured friends all over the county.
Dan is survived by his wife DeeDee of Robertson, sons Daniel J. Bolis and wife Becky of Turner, Oregon, David P. Bolis of Denver, Colorado, daughters Crissie Larson and husband Ward of Lyman, Wyoming, and Theresa Sykes of Long Beach, California, and three beloved grandsons, David Bolis, Jr. of Berthoud, Colorado, and Zachary and Anton Larson of Lyman, Wyoming, his brother Jerry Bolis and wife Linda, and many cherished relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and son Dirk C. Bolis.
Memorials may be made to the Intermountain Burn Center, 50 N. Medical Drive, Salt Lake City, UT 84132.
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