Daniel James Bolin Obituary | Star Tribune


Bolin, Daniel James 62, of Lino Lakes, MN, died June 4, 2022. His parents, Earl and Shirley, precede him in death; brothers Bruce and David; along with niece Andrea and Dusty Dog. Survived by his soul mate Anne Gaasedelen and his sister Cathy Bolin for whom Dan was her beacon. Dan enjoyed his childhood in Bloomington. where he met Ted, who became his lifelong “brother”. They shared adventures like BAA baseball, camping and fishing, trips to the frontier waters, and their famous garage time. As Jefferson Jaguar, he played varsity baseball and football. “Power 44.” Growing up, Dan played cribbage with his grandfather Rudy, during a card game Rudy shared that phrase isn’t what I meant.” In conversations to this day, Dan’s quick wit and humor applies Rudy’s iconic phrase. Dan went on to Augsburg College where he played college football and formed numerous lifelong friends. Dan completed his college education at St. Cloud University with a Merit BS degree in Science Education. He has taught in Minnesota and the US Virgin Islands. While living in USVI, Dan loved the Caribbean where he enjoyed the ocean, beaches, fishing, sailing, sunny weather and the vibrant life on Crucian. As an island resident, he has held various jobs on the island over the years, from teaching to construction. However, Hurricane Hugo brought him back to Minnesota, where he worked in sales at The Tile Shop and in management at Lumber Liquidators. He later owned his own floor g franchise FCI in Burnsville until an AVM (cerebral hemorrhage) forced him to retire. After regaining his mobility, he worked at the Gardenview Greenhouse (Lakeville) and Pahl’s Market (Apple Valley). At Pahl’s Market, Dan was affectionately known as “Dan the Man”. He enjoyed all the nuances of his job, whether it was planting, harvesting, watering, selling Christmas trees, driving machinery, or delivering. He has always tried to make work life fun while making those around him feel valued. He organized tasks, workspaces, and made lists on sticky notes for Jack. “Roger, copy that.” In life, Dan enjoyed living one day at a time and not getting too ahead of himself. He loved his friends and family with a big sensitive heart. He enjoyed golfing, meeting people for a BBQ or campfire at Dan Camp, playing pool or cribbage, driving his John Deere tractor and being at the lake. He has traveled extensively in the Caribbean and places in the USA. He was able to take a memorable cruise through the Panama Canal and recently visited special friends in Cape Cod. Dan had cancer but had to endure this health struggle in order to live each day to the fullest. He embraced life and others while struggling to have a quality of life even in the end. His kindness touched so many people because his gentleness always calmed people down. Dan will be remembered as loving, sensitive to others, hardworking, reliable, fun and with a great sense of humor. “Our Dude Dan will always be in all of us.” An open house celebrating Dan’s life will be held on June 18, 2022 from 5-8 p.m. at The Tavern Grill, 15435 Founders Lane, Apple Valley 55124. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be placed at Dakota Woodlands Homeless Shelter, 13430 Wescott Woodlands, Eagan, MN 55123 (dakotawoodlands.org).

Published on June 12, 2022


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