GEORGE CASE BOLT (1921-2014) George was born in Pueblo, Colorado in 1921 and died peacefully on July 22, 2014, aged 93. With George's passing, we have lost one of the unique members of "The Greatest Generation". George was a Renaissance man for his times; he was an electrical engineer, photographer, jeweler, blacksmith, real estate developer, and survey and title inspector. He was curious, compassionate, liberal, sometimes gruff, and angry at the injustices in the world. As a young man growing up in "Pueblo by the River", George was active in the Scouts, obtaining the level of Eagle Scout, and he played high school football, basketball, wrestling and excelled in academics. George's father taught him fly fishing, a life-long passion that he pursued in the Colorado mountains. His father ran the local florist shop and George was the desired date to the prom as his dates had the most exquisite corsages. George obtained a full scholarship to University of Kansas, where he was awarded a degree in electrical engineering. Upon graduation, George entered the Army Air Corp. He was an officer stationed in Belgium working in air-control radar, and was awarded a Purple Heart. George returned to Kansas after the war, working with Westinghouse. His two daughters Hilarie and Jennifer were born in 1948 and 1951. George moved to Estes Park, Colorado in the early 70's where he worked as a building contractor. Later he moved to Vail, Colorado where he established a local radio station with his great friend Jim Chabin; his radio call name was 'Big Horn Bolt'. Additionally he obtained his real estate license and was actively involved in the development of Beaver Creek. He married Ollie Barkley in Vail and together in their 50's they began the next phase of their lives in the mountains they so loved. The Vail period was a time of joy, adventures, and friendship building and George became an accomplished skier. In 1979, George and Ollie moved to Santa Fe, NM, where they spent the rest of their lives. Numerous Vail friends followed George and Ollie to Santa, Fe (you all know who you are). In Santa Fe, George resumed his love of photography, and became an expert jeweler, working at Gusterman's and selling his works directly. Later he worked for Territorial Title and was self-employed as a title inspector. After Ollie's death in 2009, George moved to Kingston Retirement Community and then Sierra Vista and finally Mi Casa Bonita. George is survived by his four grandchildren, Hilarie Ann, Tristram, April, Greg, and eight great grandchildren, and his step-children and families, Jeff and Colleen Barkley, Claudia and Forrest Underwood, and Kitty Barkley and Rob Lipscomb. George made friends in Santa Fe with people from all walks of life and loved nothing more than to engage in a stimulating conversation. He would be sorry that he did not get to say goodbye to all his friends. Honor George's passion for life by donating to the George Bolt Memorial Fund/ SmileTrain, www.SmileTrain.org, 1-800-932-9541.
Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on July 25, 2014