Arthur “Art” Bolen

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Arthur “Art” Bolen

  • Birth 20 Sep 1912 Spalding, Nez Perce County, Idaho, USA
  • Death 14 Oct 1994 Lewiston, Nez Perce County, Idaho, USA
  • Burial Lewiston, Nez Perce County, Idaho, USA
  • Plot IOOF, R 41, L 130, G 06
  • Memorial ID 89262723



Arthur (Art) Bolen, a retired welder and farmer and a Webb, Idaho, resident, died Friday at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center at Lewiston of complications of surgery for an aneurysm. He was 82.

He was born Sept. 20, 1912, at Spalding, Idaho, to Louie and Maude Neal Bolen. He began grade school at Spalding and then went to live with his aunt and uncle at Peck, Idaho, where he finished grade school and attended high school.

He married Dorothy Jenkins July 18, 1938, at Clarkston.

In about 1943, he moved to Van Port, Ore., near Portland, and worked as a welder in the Oregon Ship Yard at Portland until the end of World War II. After the war he moved to Sweetwater, Idaho. He worked as a welder for several area businesses and for Potlatch for 14 years.

He farmed in the Lapwai area from 1959 until 1964, when he moved to Everett, Wash., to work for Western Gear Corp. as a welder.

He helped build two of the largest telescopes in the world, made pipe tensioners for the Alaska Pipeline and worked on many projects for Howard Hughes, including the ship that raised the Russian submarine.

In January 1978 he retired and moved to Webb.

He was a member of the Machinist and Boilermakers Union at Portland.

Survivors include his wife of Webb; two sons, Eldon Bolen of Clarkston and Warren Bolen of Lewiston; three sisters, Florence Goucher and Katherine Gamet, both of Clarkston, and Betty Jean Wood of Lewiston; three grandchildren and two great-grandsons.

Published in the Lewiston Morning Tribune


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  • Maintained by: B. Flowers
  • Originally Created by: Cowgirl
  • Added: 28 Apr 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 89262723
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Arthur “Art” Bolen (20 Sep 1912–14 Oct 1994), Find A Grave Memorial no. 89262723, citing Normal Hill Cemetery, Lewiston, Nez Perce County, Idaho, USA ; Maintained by B. Flowers (contributor 47463139) .