David J. Bolles, Sr. November 9, 1938 – June 16, 2016

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BollesDavid J Bolles, Sr., MSGT US Marine Corps, Retired

Dave was born on November 9, 1938, in Jersey City, NJ, the youngest of six children of Ray and Ethel Bolles. He grew up in Fairview NJ and later Hasbrouck Heights NJ. Upon graduation from high school, he enlisted in the US Marine Corps and did his basic training at Camp Lejeune, NC. He then served at the Marine Corps Air Station in Cherry Point, NC, prior to assignment as a Marine Security Guard, first at the American Embassy in San Jose, Costa Rica, and later at the American Embassy in San Salvador, El Salvador. Upon completion of embassy duty, he was assigned to Marine Headquarters, Washington D.C.

On a 10-day leave in September 1962, Dave met Jocelyn on a blind date and the rest is history, as they say, though after that whirlwind courtship, he left the country for embassy duty for the next 2 ½ years! Upon his return, they were married on March 20, 1965, and settled in Arlington, VA. Dave’s next tour of duty took him to Vietnam and, following that tour, he made the decision to leave active duty in the Corps.

Dave then joined the corporate world in New York City working for Economics Laboratory and Sharp Electronics for a number of years. He returned to college and earned an associate degree in business administration. He also served his community in Wood-Ridge NJ as an elected borough councilman for several terms of office. In 1980 he was offered an opportunity to manage the Dallas TX office of a real estate company and moved his family to Duncanville TX. Later in the 80’s when the real estate market in Texas took a downturn, and having maintained his military status as a reservist, he returned to active duty with the Marine Corps Reserve, serving first at the Naval Air Station in Dallas TX and later at the Naval Air Station in New Orleans, LA. He retired as a Master Sergeant in the US Marine Corps in 1998 having served 27 years of active duty. He then returned to the corporate world for a number of years before permanently retiring in 2011.

It was during his tour as an embassy security guard that Dave learned the game of golf. From then on, golf became his favorite pastime and passion and he enjoyed innumerable rounds of golf over the next 50+ years, playing his last round in February 2016 when illness forced him from the course. Whether at home or travelling, if there was a golf course, he was enjoying a round of golf on it. He was a long-time member at TangleRidge Golf Club.

Dave loved his family and he loved the Lord. He was immensely proud of his children Cynthia (Cindy) Anderson, David Jr., Leonard and Craig, and of his four grandchildren, Valerie and Devan Anderson and Cody and Travis Bolles. He served the Lord at the First Presbyterian Church in Wood-Ridge NJ and over the last 35 years at the First Presbyterian Church, Duncanville. He loved singing in the choir and was serving as an elder at the time of his death. In recent years, he discovered the ability to lead a Sunday School study group and found immense joy in doing so.

Dave fought a valiant 15 month battle with cancer and passed into the hands of God on June 16, 2016. He is survived by his wife, Jocelyn; his children, Cynthia and husband Eric Anderson, David Jr., Leonard, Craig and wife Michelle; and his four grandchildren, Valerie and Devan Anderson and Cody and Travis Bolles. He is also survived by his brother, Raymond Bolles of San Jaciento, CA, his sister, Carol Raia of Pequannock NJ, as well as numerous nephews and nieces.

jaynesVisitation at Jaynes Memorial Chapel Tues, June 21, 2016 from 7-9 p.m.

Worship service at First Presbyterian Church, Duncanville, Wed, June 22, 2016 at 10 a.m. with burial following at DFW National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Presbyterian, Duncanville, the US Marine Corps Toys for Tots program or a charity of your choice.