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Stodolski.bmp.jpg" ALIGN="LEFT" vspace="4" hspace="10" style="max-width:130px;">MAX STODOLSKI JUNE 4, 1939 - JANUARY 21, 2018 Maximus Joseph Stodolski, 78, of Red Bluff, California, passed away Sunday, January 21, 2018. He was born on June 4, 1939 and raised in Big Stone City, South Dakota. He attended grade school and high school in Big Stone, and he played on the football and basketball teams in high school, and on the town baseball team. He attended and graduated in 1961 from South Dakota State University where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. A few weeks after graduation he married Marcia Everson. From this marriage they had 3 children. He later married again, marrying Jenith Wright in 1981. Max held many roles throughout his 42-year career with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, which began in 1961 as a civil engineer at the Engineering and Research Center in Denver, Colorado. There he worked in the chief designer's office for 11 years as a design engineer for bridges. In 1970, Max spent several months in Japan where he oversaw the fabrication of a bridge. In an interview some years ago with the Red Bluff Daily News, Max is quoted as saying, "the bridge was built in sections, taken apart and shipped to San Francisco, then to Sacramento and on to Auburn, California where they reassembled it." The bridge, referred to now as the Auburn-Foresthill bridge, opened in 1973 and spans the North Fork of the American River in Placer County, California. Then in 1972 he received a promotion to Chief of Operations and Maintenance working in the projects office in Durango, Colorado. After 3 years his next role took him to Auburn, California where he was to oversee the construction of the Auburn Dam, which was never built. So, Max then became the Chief Inspector of the Sugar Pine Dam. During the next twelve years, he held several positions with the Bureau in Montrose, Colorado and back to Durango. Moving to Red Bluff, California in 1994, Max headed up research for pumping plants in order to protect endangered species. In 1996, he became chief of the Red Bluff Division, where he finished out his career, retiring June 28, 2003. In 2001 he received a 40-year Service Award with the Bureau. He was very proud of this award and in his words, "I'm pretty proud of it; 14,600 days of pay without a miss." He enjoyed the game of golf for many years, and even met pro-golfer Jack Nicklaus at the 78th U.S. Open in 1978. Max is survived by seven children, ten grandchildren; three sisters, one brother, two half-brothers, a sister-in-law, and many nieces and nephews; stepmother Margaret Schake. Preceded in death by parents Matthew and Margaret Stodolski; wife Jenith Stodolski, brother Boyd Stodolski; sister-in-law Elsa Stodolski, brother-in-law Donald Van Hout, and wife Marcia Stodolski. A celebration of his life will be held in Summer, 2018 in his hometown of Big Stone City, South Dakota.
Published in Daily News on Feb. 9, 2018
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