David Bolda

  • Born: March 10, 1948
  • Died: February 2, 2012
  • Location: Lehi, Utah

Tribute & Message From The Family

Our Beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather and Brother, David Bolda passed away surrounded by his loving family, February 2, 2012.

David was born on March 10, 1948, in Detroit, MI, to Frank and Violet Bolda. He grew up playing ice hockey and was an outstanding goalie. He was asked to try out for the Detroit Red Wings Farm program but at the age of 19, chose to enlist in the Marine Corps and serve his country. He eventually played semi-pro hockey as a goalie for the Reno Aces. He was proud of being a Marine and a hockey player. This is where he learned the importance of hard work and determination. He had a 'Never give up' attitude which helped during his valiant 5 year battle with lung cancer.

David moved to Reno, NV and graduated from UNR in 1974, with a degree in Political Science. He began a law enforcement career as a paid intern with the Reno P.D. He later served with the Covina, CA, P.D. for 10 years. He moved his family to Utah and worked for the Provo, P.D. for 25 years. He quickly moved up in ranks due to his work ethic, determination and compassion for co-workers and the public. He recently retired as Captain, from the police department in November 2012. He also served as interim Chief of Police.

While in Reno, he met and married the love of his life, Carrie. They raised seven wonderful children together. His responsibility as a husband and father was the most important role in his life. He led each day by example, teaching the value of character, kindness, honesty and love.

David was a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, serving in many callings.

David is survived by his wife of 35 years: Carrie, Children: Stacy Balibrea (Jay), Lisa Petrarca (Anthony), April Jacobson (Tyler), David Bolda (Jessica), Amy Pugmire (TJ), and Bryan Bolda; Sisters: Fran Petrat (Jim), and Kathy Bigliardi (Fred); 21 Grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his son John Lemich and parents, Frank and Violet Bolda.

A special thank you to Dr. Nathan Rich, Nancy, Kelly, and staff, Dr. Dixie Harris and staff, Candy, Amber and Daniel, at Alpha Hospice for your tender loving care and concern for David .

A "Celebration of Life" will be held Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 11:00 a.m., at the Traverse Mountain Stake Center, 2030 West Chapel Ridge Road, Lehi, Utah. Friends may call Monday, February 6, from 6-8:00 p.m. at the Slate Canyon Chapel, 1498 East 800 South, Provo, Utah, and at the Traverse Mountain Stake Center Tuesday morning from 9:30-10:45 a.m. prior to services. Interment will be in the Provo City Cemetery. Note that the night visitation is at a different chapel than the service.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I'm just now hearing of Daves' passing. I remember watching Dave play with the Reno Aces back in the '70's. He eventually bacame one of my Jr. Hockey Coaches for a little while. We always appreciated the time Dave and his Aces teamates gave to us kids. My condolences to Dave's family & friends. Mike Hamilton, Beaumont, Ca

Posted by Mike Hamilton - Reno / Sparks, NV   June 14, 2013

OH Carrie and family...I am so very sorry. Dave was so sweet. We go back to Covina PD Days...Prayers are with you..

Sherry Smith

Posted by Sherry Smith - San Dimas, CA - friend..ex-wife of RE Smith   May 02, 2012

Dave will be missed by all who knew him. I knew Dave since we were both 3yrs. old. Though there were times when we didn't see each for years I always felt like we were not only good friends but family. Good Bye Dave

Posted by Robert S. Gendjar - Crossville, TN - Friend   March 01, 2012

We are so sorry to hear about Dave, he was an outstanding individual. Our family has treasured the relationship we have had with your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you now. May the wonderful memories help you through the hard times.
all our love
Eve ,Rich and David Bier

Posted by Eve Bier - Salt Lake City, UT   February 14, 2012

Dear Carrie and Family, I was heart broken to hear of Dave's passing. I remember when you lived up the street from Vince, myself and our three children. You were really fun and caring, sweet people. Dave was a very compassionate man and was always willing to help where he could. I know that if Jeromy were here and not in Afganistan, he would have written a message to Bryan. It was sad when you moved from the neighborhood. Dave will be missed by Many people. My heart goes out to you and your family. If I can help with anything please let me know. Take time to heal and always remember the fun and special times you shared. Love you Carrie.

Posted by Shellie (Scott) Taylor - Provo, UT - 5TH Ward neighbor and Friend   February 07, 2012

I had thye plearure of attending the FBI National Academy with Dave. Spending time running and sightseeing with him I learned to respect him and his committment to serving others. I will cherish the good times we enjoyed.

Posted by Craig Burnett    February 06, 2012

David Sr was an amazing man that will always hold a special place in my heart. I'm so thankful for his incredible example as a neighbor, friend, father figure and priesthood leader.
I have wonderful memories of jogging down "Miller's Lane" with David Sr and Jr on warm summer nights. I can still hear his positive words of encouragement to motivate us as we ran along the side of the road.
I can remember, as a boy, feeling the holy spirit with him while he was in the bishopric as he interviewed me for a temple recommend to do baptisms for the dead.
The thing I'll remember the most about David Sr is the love he had for his family. I admired the time he spent with his son's at their ski races and baseball games or the hours he devoted to his daughter's volleyball games. I'll always remember his sensitive and supporting nature to his sweet wife during the passing of John.
Thank you Brother Bolda for your love and example, you will always be remembered as an outstanding man!

Posted by Tyson Lewis - American Fork, UT - Friend & Neighbor   February 06, 2012

I first met Dave in the spring of 1989 when I began my career with Provo City in the Community Development Department.

We hit it off immediately and quickly renewed the USMC brotherhood bond--I served from 1966-1970. I told him he needed to be respectful of me because I am two months older than him--he would joke that I was his older "ugly brother".

Dave is an amazing individual. He seemed to always have time for anyone and everyone. To say that he loved his family was putting it mildly--they were his life. We would often visit in his office and "talk" about our kids and our hopes, aspirations, and prayers for them. Both of us agreed that we had married "well above ourselves" in life and how fortunate we were to have each met such wonderful women.

As an example and a friend I will miss Dave tremendously!


Skip and Sue Tandy, Mapleton, Utah

Posted by Skip Tandy - Mapleton, UT - Friend and Co-worker   February 06, 2012


Prayers for all.. David.. We shall meet again xoxoxoxo

Posted by Doris "Tucker" Jackson - Puyallup, WA - friend of Stacy (David Daughter)   February 06, 2012

David, I never received the blessing to Personally meeting you, But my heart did meet you through the love of your daughter Stacy eyes. She would share with me wonderful stories about you and how much she loves you. David, you meant the world to Stacy and that means the world to me. What a Wonderful person you are. You are now out of that Body and Blessed in Heaven with Jesus and other family members, Your laughter and smiles and your presence will be missed here on Earth, But the angles in Heaven are celebrating your birth in Heaven. As we grieve your lost, I trust that Your family will feel the Lords love and comfort and Always know, "We Shall Meet Again" I wish I personally Knew you David. God Bless You. Love, Doris Jackson and Kids. Paul (P.J.) Heidi and Jeremy Ferrebee and Heather Jackson. We send our Love to each and every Family Member xoxoxoxo

Posted by Doris "Tucker" Jackson - Puyallup, WA - Stacy Friend (David Daughter)   February 06, 2012

Dear Ones,

It was such a great honor to assist your hero father, grandfather, and loving husband. I will never forget the tender care you gave to him and to each other. David Bolda has an amazing family! No wonder he was so proud of each of you. You will be forever be in my heart.


Candy Kinser, RN
Alpha Hospice

Posted by Candy Kinser - American Fork, UT - Nurse   February 04, 2012

Dave loved everyone, and he had time for everyone, he always took time with everyone with my children in the neighborhood, his smile was warm and welcoming....he will be very much missed.....f

Posted by Loyal Pett - roosevelt, UT - friend and neighbor   February 04, 2012