Dr. Darald E. Bolin
May 15, 1930 - February 18, 2017
Darald Edison Bolin, age 86, died peacefully February 18, 2017, while holding the hand of DanaLee, his beloved wife of 66 years.
Darald was born on May 15, 1930, in Eugene, Oregon. He was the second of two children of Leonard and Erma(James). Darald grew up in Jasper, Oregon, until the family moved to Springfield, Oregon, when he was 14-years-old. In high school, Darald was a letterman athlete in baseball and basketball as well as being an international American rifle sharpshooter.
Thankfully, Darald’s sharp shooting skills extended beyond the range as it was also in high school that he met his sweetheart and future wife, DonaLee (Bennett). The two were married on January 14, 1951, in a traditional, older home with a spiral staircase in Marcola, Oregon. They went to San Francisco for their honeymoon.
However, the honeymoon period didn’t last long for the Bolins. Darald was drafted by the U.S. Army for the Korean War on February 14, 1951. While on maneuvers on the last day of basic training, Darald suffered a life-altering injury. He was in the hospital at Fort Rucker, Alabama, for eight months before he was finally sent home with a Honorable Discharge. Darald was told he wouldn’t love beyond three months. Donalee’s mother was an LPN in World War II and she had heard of a chiropractor that was doing great things. Darald’s mother-in-law took him to see Leonard Rutherford, D.C., who said that segments of Darald’s spine were almost totally dislocated. Darald became of a patient of Dr. Rutherford and in six months he was on the road to recovery.
Darald credited Chiropractic care with helping him to make fully recovery from his injury. While Darald had originally dreamt of being a teacher and a baseball coach while he was in high school, he resolved to become a Chiropractor. He graduated from the University of Oregon in 1957. He then attended Palmer Chiropractic College in Davenport, Lowa, and graduated in 1960, as well as Western States Chiropractic College in Portland, Oregon, where he graduated on his birthday in the 1961.
Known by many as Dr. Boiln, Darald opened his Chiropractic practice at 1803 Lansing Avenue in Salem, Oregon, on September 20, 1961, where he dependably and helpfully practiced for more than 51 years, retiring on December 28, 2012.
Darald loved all things Chiropractic. In 1974, he wrote a book titled, “The Philosophy of Chiropractic”. He taught the Gonstead Chiropractic approach at Western States Chiropractic College for 28 years, donating his instructor’s fee to the College’s clinic the entire time. Darald invented the Bolin X-Ray Shield and Filter system, which was sold throughout the world. Darald was licensed to practice Chiropractic in four States: Oregon, California, Arizona and Colorado. Governor Vic Atiyeh appointed Darald to the Oregon State Board of Chiropractic Examiners, where he eventually served as President.
Darald’s most cherished pastime was collecting model trains and building complete scenes to scale in a room in his home. He would lay all of the track and run wiring to power the trains and buildings. He would also build all of the landscaping for the scene and add people and animals to make it seem lifelike.
Darald enjoyed traveling and taking cruises with DonaLee throughout the world. They visited five continents, fifty states, Canada and Mexico. Their favorite destination was Maui, Hawaii, where they vacationed annually for nineteen years until they got their last motorhome and decided to stick to driving around the continental U.S.
Darald is fondly remembered for his deep, infectious laugh. He enjoyed life immensely and always sought to find the humor in everyday living.
Darald is survived by his wife, DonaLee; their two children Delisa Baker and husband John of Woodburn, Oregon, and Keller Bolin and partner Mike Crews of Palm Springs, California; grandson Darren and wife Lucy of Sherwood, Oregon; and great-grandchildren Oliver, Perpetua, and soon-to-be-born baby girl. He was preceded in death by his sister Barbara Houck and grandson Jason.
DonaLee would like to thank family friend Donna Roulier for all of her help, support and comfort. She would also like to thank the Edward F. Tokarski Home and its staff for all of their care of Darald, with special thanks to Jennifer, Sharon and Ericka.
A Memorial service is planned for 1:00pm Thursday, March 16, 2017 at Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service of Salem, Oregon.
If you wish to make a donation, please direct it to the Edward F. Tokarski Home http://www.wvh.org/living-with-a-serious-illness/tokarski-home/ operated by Willamette Valley Hospice of Salem, Oregon.