Michael's parents, Dwayne and Mary, have been close friends for a long time. I first met them at a small Southern Baptist Church in Lamont, California, where my husband Bob and I were their Youth Leaders. I remember the birth of each of their children, Michael, Darren (who tragically died at child birth), and Sheri. Mary's mother, Jewel, (and occasionally Mary) babysat my own children and later my daughter Rhonda babysat Michael and Sheri and even still later Sheri's children. Mary and I worked at the Welfare Department while Bob and Dwayne worked at the Kern County Probation Department; consequently either my husband or myself was kept apprised of all the goings on in the lives of the Bolinger's. I remember Michael as a cute little blond-headed boy who was also quite bright as evidenced by his later advanced education. The last time I saw Michael was at his father's 60th birthday party. He told me how much he loved his job as a Secret service Agent stating, "I can't believe I am being paid for something I love so much!" Michael was so full of life it is hard to imagine him passing away while he was still so young. His death breaks my heart for all who loved him and I cannot possibly conceive of the pain and suffering his loved ones had to endure. No parent should have to see a child suffer and die. It reminds me as a Christian of God loving me so much that He endured the pain, suffering and death of His only Son. As I write this I have a Morning Glory vine in a pot by a window which I plan to give to Mary and Dwayne in remembrance of Michael when the weather cools. However for now, I pass by it several times a day and it fills my heart with joy to see the vines spread out in all directions soaking up the morning sun. Somehow I am comforted by this as it reminds me that Michael still lives...he's just in a different place...a better place.
With all my love,
My family has been close friends with the Bolingers for over 50 years. Mike's mom, Mary, babysat me and my brother, and his grandmother did as well. I in turn babysat Mike and Sheri. I still remember the extremely intelligent 5 year old who could beat me at the game of Monopoly at times even though I was 5 years older than he was. I consider it a privilege to say that at the age of 10 I was the proud recipient of 5 year old Mike's affection as he asked me to be his girlfriend. Sadly, it did not last long before he moved on to younger women, but still I feel I was the first. I know he is up in heaven with his grandparents and brother, Darren, as well as with my dad who adored him. He was not only an intelligent man, but one of strength of character as well. I will miss him greatly. My love goes out to his family and children.
We have been out of touch for a long time, but I have fond memories of Mike from high school together at HHS. Sounds like Mike had a very exciting career, and many blessings in life (though brief), and now even more in the new life through Christ which for him now has come.
To the Bolinger family, I am so sad to hear of Mike's passing. Mike and I went to school together at Highland. He was one of the few truly smart, good and honorable guys. One thing I clearly remember if his love for the Lord. I hope you find some comfort in knowing he is now with the God he loved so much. Blessings to your family.
Kelley and Family
We are very sorry for your loss of Mike. He was such a positive strong man and Heaven is a much better place now with him in it!
We will miss our favorite patient!
May God wrap himself around you all at this time of need!
Kelley, Bryce, and Berkeley,
I was was sadden to hear of Mike's passing. He was a wonderful man and I am blessed to have known him. You are all in my prayers.
Dear Bolinger Family: I am so sorry for your loss. Mike was such a nice guy in highschool and it was great to see him briefly at our 25 year reunion. May God bless all of you.
Amel Darwish (Highland '84)
Although Mike and I worked together, briefly, he comforted me when my husband was diagnosed with cancer. A few weeks later, he would receive the same devastating news. One day, for no apparent reason, I wrote the "Warrior Ethos" on a piece of paper and gave it to him. "Mission first, never give up, never give in, never quit.' He tacked it on his wall, at work, and one day he said, I'm going to give this to my son. He needs to have this. God Bless the Bolinger family. You will always be in our hearts and our prayers. Mike is a great warrior. He fought bravely and valiantly and it was truly an honor to know him. Lisa and Mark Christianson
Dear Bolinger Family,
We are so saddened to hear of Mike's passing. We can't even imagine how your hearts hurt. Please know you are in our prayers and ask Jesus to give you His comfort and peace.
Sincerely, Mike & Tanya Woessner (Micah's parents)
May the love of all your family and friends be with you always. We didn't know you personally but we are family. Your grandfather was my uncle, whom I loved very much.
Mr. and Mrs. Bolinger, Sheri, and Family...
I am so sorry for your loss...Heaven's gain!!! Mike will always be forever in my heart. Love and prayers for all of you!!!
Micah Woessner Gahagan
Here is to you Mike. You were a true hero. You will always will be remembered in my heart.
Love Terry Emerick
Wih heartfelt sadness the good memories remain always Roy and Carolyn Mc Millan
Mike had a tough fight these past difficult months. His friends and family stayed by his side 24/7. I am sure he is looking down upon all of you and saying thank you, thank you. You helped him in countless ways. Remember the good days and the wonderful years. God needed Mike to keep everyone in line in heaven...he's looking down and smiling at all of you.
Mike, you were a terrific boss and mentor. You will be missed by everyone you met.
You were a dedicated, loving father to our children. Now you will be their Guardian Angel. I promise your children will make you proud! Love you always, Sharon, Bryce & Berkeley Bolinger
You were a dedicated, loving father to our children and now will be their Guardian Angel. I promise our children will make you proud. Love, Sharon, Bryce and Berkeley Bolinger
Prayers of love and comfort to the family.