Danny Hart Bolin, 71 years old, died on Sunday, January 7, 2018, surrounded by family and friends. He is survived by his wife Sue; his 2 daughters and their spouses, Angela and Adam Wilson, Elisa and Matt Rhymer; and 5 grandchildren: Charlotte, Ruby, and Oliver Wilson, Evelyn and Brody Rhymer; his two brothers and their spouses, Leo and Faye Bolin and Joe and Sue Bolin; and sister-in-law, Diane Koon.
Danny was born in Columbus, Ga. on May 17, 1946 to Beecher and Sara Elizabeth Bolin. After graduating from Columbus High School and attending college, he served his country in the First Calvary Division of the United States Army in Vietnam, as an Air Traffic Controller. Known for his courage and decisive action under pressure, he focused on outcomes. After serving his country, he went to work for the FAA as an Air Traffic Controller for 15 years, where he then transitioned into Emergency Management and Disaster Response for the Federal Government. He retired after more than 38 years of combined military and Federal Service. As Deputy Director and Senior Emergency Management Coordinator for FEMA and First Responders for disasters, Danny oversaw the Congressional Program for Continuity of Operation Plans for Southeastern United States.
He met his wife, Sue in 1976. She was the love and light of his life. Married for 40 years, together they celebrated life. Danny had an innate sense for navigation. Navigating airplanes, sailboats, emergencies, crises; he faced storms of all types with an innate focus on the horizon, on the outcome. Calm under pressure, he never lost his cool. He won the trust and hearts of many, who even now are being changed by the uncompromising love of his family. His faith was unrelenting.
With love and faith, they raised their two daughters, Angie & Lisa. A man of great intellect, courage, action & faith, he led by example. To his daughters he passed on his love of the ocean, education, books, curiosity, a joy for cooking, and dancing in the kitchen, and to Angie and Charlotte, a love of debating. He encouraged his daughters to be independent thinkers and to stand for what we believe in. Danny was a devoted member of the United Methodist Church.
He and Sue spent their retirement years enjoying and celebrating their family, especially their grandchildren. They enjoyed the simple things, taught their grandchildren how to swim, how to fish, encouraged their curiosity, and urged them to explore their world.
There will be a Memorial Service led by Rev. Dr. Steve Dodson at Peachtree City United Methodist Church, 225 Robinson Road, Peachtree City, Ga., 30269, on Friday, January 12, 2018 at 3 pm.
A reception for the family and close friends will immediately follow the Memorial Service.
Carl J. Mowell & Son Funeral Home, Peachtree City – www.mowellfuneralhome.com