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Herbert Bolz, Jr

October 15, 1944 — June 28, 2017

Herbert F. Bolz Jr. age 72, passed away at Woodland Memorial Hospital on June 28, 2017, from a heart attack following surgery. Herb was born on Oct. 15, 1944, to Lois (McNeil) and Herbert Bolz Sr. Herb graduated from Bakersfield High School in 1962 and received his bachelor's degree from Fresno State University in 1966.

After graduation, he joined the Peace Corps, serving in Korea for two years, and then enlisted in the Coast Guard for four years. While in the Coast Guard he met his soulmate, Mary Kay Bennett, at a seminar on time management at the Presidio of San Francisco, and married her on March 31, 1973. Together they had two children, Brian and Katie. and two grandchildren, Lucy and Tommy Bolz.

Following his six years of service, he attended UC Berkeley, completing a master's degree in East Asian Studies. He then attended the UC Davis Law School, receiving his J.D. in 1979. After spending three years clerking for a federal court judge in San Francisco, the family moved to Davis when Herb took a job with the state of California in Sacramento. He spent most of his career working as an administrative lawyer for the state and teaching classes on administrative law.

Herb was a man of many interests. He loved the outdoors, hiking, cross country skiing, camping, biking, and horseback riding and travel. He was an avid reader, especially of science fiction/fantasy, history and spirituality. Herb also was an author. He had just completed Volume 3 of the "California Administrative Guide for Administrative Law," which he co-authored with three other administrative law scholars.

In 1986, Herb converted to Catholicism and became involved in the church in many capacities. He was a longtime member of the Rite of Catholic Initiation for Adults (RCIA) team, the St. Thomas More Society (a Catholic lawyers group) serving as the president for more than 20 years, and the St. James Parish Finance Council.

His primary love was his family. He is survived by his beloved wife of 44 years, Mary Kay; children, Brian (Alison) and Katie (Erin); brother-in-law, Joe Bennett; brother, Peter; 11 nieces and nephews; and his four-legged family, Sammy, Timmy and Kaya. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Lois and Herb.

Herb was a good man, a man of integrity. and will be greatly missed.

Funeral services will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, July 7, at St. James Catholic Church, 1275 B St. in Davis, followed by a reception in the Parish Center. A Rosary will be said in the church on Thursday, July 6, at 7 p.m.

Memorials may be made to the St. James School Endowment Fund, Loaves and Fishes or a charity of one's choice.

Previous Events

Vigil Service
Thursday, July 6, 2017
7:00 PM
Smith Funeral Home - Davis

116 D Street
Davis, CA 95616

Mass of Christian Burial
Friday, July 7, 2017
10:00 AM
St. James Catholic Church

1275 B Street
Davis, CA 95616

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