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Donald A. Bolstad

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Donald A. Bolstad

Wenatchee, WA

Donald A. Bolstad passed away into the arms of Jesus June 19, 2013, after an extended illness. Don was born December 16, 1936, to Percy J. (a UW varsity basketball player) and Ada May Bolstad in Portland, OR. He grew up in Seattle and graduated from Queen Anne High School with honors in 1955. He was a varsity basketball player and the inspirational award tennis winner. He earned his BS and Masters degree in Metallurgy from the University of Washington, graduating with honors in 1966. On July 15, 1961, he married Iris Phillips in Wenatchee. In the first five years of marriage, they lived in Seattle, where they attended the Queen Anne United Presbyterian Church and served as youth directors. Don was ordained an elder and served as Sunday School Superintendent. When Ted was born in 1966, they moved to Bellevue and attended Westminster Chapel. His aerospace career began at Boeing in Seattle when he worked on the wing design team for the supersonic transport. In 1971, he joined the Martin Marietta team in Denver, CO and was a key player in winning the contract for building the external tank of the space shuttle that was to be manufactured at Michoud in New Orleans, LA. Dan was born in Slidell, LA in 1974. Don will always be remembered as a brilliant, caring, giving person, who was respected by the people he directed and his superiors. His career was filled with honors and awards. He was Engineer of the Year twice and was one of the first to receive the NOVA award when Martin Marietta and Lockheed merged to form the Lockheed Martin Corp. He and his wife, Iris, were flown to Washington, DC, where he was presented his trophy in the Smithsonian Space Museum Theater. One of his favorite honors was to receive the Silver Snoopy award presented by the astronauts in 1981. He directed the ten year project that developed the aluminum lithium super lightweight external tank for the space shuttle, a critical achievement in the space program. Don was active in the local sports community, coaching his sons in football, basketball and baseball. He was President of the Slidell Bantam Baseball Association in 1980, and was an essential part of the team that purchased and built new fields and installed stadium lights where Slidell youth continue to play their games today. He coached many championship and 1st place teams. He was a member of the Pontchartrain Basin Fly Fishing Club, served on the board as treasurer and organized youth fly tying booths at Fisheries Festivals in Louisiana. He continually promoted the education of conservation in the waterways and wild life areas. He fished Lake Pontchartain and bayous in his kayak often and loved catching the large red fish. He was highly favored as the adult Sunday School teacher in the Slidell Immanuel Baptist Church and enjoyed assisting the pastor on many missions. Upon retirement in 2002, Don quickly got involved in many activities in his new hometown of Wenatchee. He served the local community through the Wenatchee Free Methodist Church Volunteer Committees, Wenatchee Valley Symphony Orchestra supporter and volunteer, Washington State Council Federation of Fly Fishers Board as Treasurer and Conservation VP, Leavenworth Trout Unlimited, Stemilt-Squilchuck Community Vision, Chelan County Shoreline Master Program, and Cascade Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group Board and honorary lifetime member. Don planned many occasions for fly tying lessons for youth and helped organize fly tying booths at the Leavenworth Salmon Festivals. Don contributed to various and numerous wildlife and medical organizations. He was instrumental in organizing cleanup crews for the mountain lakes and trails. He supported many missionary causes. He had a special place in his heart for helping wheelchair bound friends and project healing for disabled veterans to experience fishing outings. He loved to fly fish and enjoyed the many mountain streams and lakes in the Pacific NW. He was an avid reader and always won the Trivia game. As a born again Christian and loyal American citizen, Don lived a life of integrity, of excellent character and high achievements. He was a very polite and thankful person, who expressed his appreciation to others often.

He will be greatly missed by his surviving family: wife, Iris; son, Ted and wife, Helen; son, Dan and wife, Lisa; grandchildren: Bella, Laila, and twins, Reid and Gwinn; and brother, Phil and wife, Judie of Prescott, AZ.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held Saturday, August 3, 2013, (prelude musical concert at 10:30 a.m. and Service at 10:50 a.m.) at the Wenatchee Free Methodist Church, 1601 5th Street. Everyone is invited to a display of photos and a luncheon that will follow. All fishing buddies are invited to be honorary pallbearers, dress casual and bring a fishing pole. Some of Don’s special interest causes were: Evangelical Missionaries, Sunday Schools, The Salvation Army, Healing Waters, Coastal Conservation, and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research.

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