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Dennis Steven Bolender

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.

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Our deepest condolences to the family. Dennis was always very friendly and helpful and will be greatly missed.

The Biezad Family Mar 20 2021 12:00 AM

We were next door neighbors to Dennis and his family almost thirty years ago on Eissler Court in Bakersfield. He was a kind and congenial man and welcomed us to the neighborhood. We could always depend on him it be helpful, capable, and there for us when we needed help around the house. We became loyal customers of his at TGIF because of his expertise and honest dealing. Dennis was an all around great guy! Our condolences to his family. We were saddened to learn that he is no longer with us.

DeNoal and Catherine Sloan Mar 17 2021 12:00 AM