Allen Russell Eugene "Russ" Bolen Jr.

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    - Erin Stilwell
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April 26, 1953 ~ October 30, 2017

Allen Russell Eugene Bolen Jr, husband, father, and grandpa, died peacefully in his sleep at his residence in Highland, Utah on Monday October 30, 2017 after a six year struggle with Alzheimer's Disease and Frontotemporal Dementia. He was 64 years old.

Russ was born in Walla Walla, Washington on April 26, 1953 to Russell and Norma Bolen. At the age of five, his family traded the apple farms of Eastern Washington for the rolling waves of the Southern California Coast. Growing up in California had a profound impact on Russ's life where he became a skilled SCUBA diver and a talented surfer. Most importantly, it was here that he met his wife of 44 years, Deborah Frey. The couple lived in Redondo Beach before choosing La Center, Washington to raise their six children. His parents, Russell, 91 and Norma, 91, of La Center, and his siblings: Diana (Rick) England of Battle Ground, Karen (Robert) Taylor of La Center, and Gary (Martha) Bolen of Woodland, also moved to the Washington area where they reside today with their families. Russ and his brother Gary operated Bolen Painting CO where they serviced both businesses and residents of Washington and Oregon for more than 30 years. Russ enjoyed Rock music, serving in his church, playing practical jokes, working on cars in his shop, and spending time with his children and grandchildren. From Russ and Debbie's six children: Allen Bolen and his wife Kamie; David Bolen and his wife Meghan; Kim Dunford and her husband Jonathan; Chris Bolen and his wife Mysha; Andrew Bolen and his wife Natalie; and Julie Snyder and her husband Morgan, have come an additional twenty grandchildren who easily superseded all his other hobbies. Russ lived for his family. He was a devoted husband and taught his children life skills, how to be decent, hard working, and contributing members of society. He was a good friend, who was known for both his seriousness and his antics. Russ never stopped being Russ and even as he battled his diseases, he continued to find ways to make his family laugh and enjoy him.

Funeral services will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Ridgefield Stake Center, 21720 NE 29th Ave., Ridgefield, WA on Monday, November 6, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. Following the services, Russ will be laid to rest at Mountain View Cemetery.

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Published in The Columbian on Nov. 3, 2017