Dennis Bolender lost his battle with cancer on March 9, four days after he turned 62. What a man he was; loving son, brother, husband, father, and grandfather. He leaves a hole in a lot of lives.
Dennis was a mechanic’s mechanic, a MacGyver kind of guy when it came to making things work. Stubborn! You could not tell him that something couldn’t be done; he’d find a way. Quick to laugh, he loved his family deeply and shared his skills generously, always willing to help friends, family, and even strangers. Dennis graduated from Lynn’s Valley School in Glennville and was a member of North High School Class of 1977. After graduating, he worked in the service department of Three-Way Chevrolet and then moved on to other dealerships. He co-owned TGIF Automotive and then worked as a mechanic for Valley Cycle. Later, Dennis joined County of Kern Fleet Services working his way up to General Services Manager.
Dennis loved the shop, but he especially loved the Great Outdoors. An avid hunter, fisherman, and camper; anything far from the city. The mountains and forests were his happy places.
Dennis was preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Shirley Bolender. He left behind a loving family; wife, Megan; son, Ethan Howard and his wife, Megan; grandson, Baby Leon; brother, Clinton Bolender and his wife, Rachel; brother, Charles Bolender; nephew, Bryce and his wife, Heather and son, Bryce Jr. Also loved by three stepchildren, Charlotte, Michael, and Christian.
The family is hosting a celebration of Dennis’s life on Saturday, March 20. Please contact the mortuary for details.