James David Boling
James (Jimmy) David Boling died at his home in Big Pine on May 27, 2014. Jimmy, who was also known by many as “Bones,” was born on Oct. 22, 1950 in Pomona to James Harvey and Mary Katherine Boling. Jimmy, his older sister and three younger siblings moved to Aberdeen Resort with his mother and stepfather, Warren, and Mary Katherine Mann in 1963. Jimmy attended school in both Big Pine and Independence, graduating from Owens Valley High School in 1969. Jimmy lived most of his life in the Owens Valley and worked for the County of Inyo for a total of 18 years.
Jimmy struggled throughout his life with addiction to drugs and alcohol. His addiction damaged his physical health and more importantly, impacted his relationship with his children and other family members. While these relationships were impacted, his family knew that there was more to Jimmy than his addictive behavior. Jimmy’s traits of kindness and caring were often seen by his neighbors and people in need, specifically the elderly and frail. He could be counted on to provide help if needed and often made those around him laugh. During his last few years, Jimmy would often help out at the Senior Lunch and could be counted on to liven up the discussion around the table. During this same period, Jimmy’s health continued to be impacted by his choices and we are grateful that his death has relieved him of his physical and emotional pain.
Jimmy was preceded in death by his father, James Harvey Boling; his mother and stepfather, Warren and Mary Katherine Mann; his brothers, John Boling and Bryan Muyres; and his nephew, James (Barnz) Miller.
Jimmy is survived by his daughter, Davina Boling and her children, Nolan, Joshua and Liam McDaniel of Big Pine; his son and his wife, Warren and Teri Boling and their child, Charlie of Bishop; his sister and brother-in-law, Jim and Maryetta Miller of Big Pine; his sister, Marilyn Mann of Big Pine; his niece, Kimberly Montejano of Reno, Nev.; and his nephew, Joe Miller of Big Pine. Jimmy is also survived by his partner, Linda Stoddard and her children, Robert and Joyce of Big Pine.
A memorial service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, June 15, 2014 at the Big Pine Town Hall. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you extend a helping hand to a neighbor in need or if you know someone who is struggling with addiction, that you first seek help for yourself through AlAnon and then reach out a hand and offer to accompany him/her to an Alcoholics/Narcotics Anonymous meeting and remember that this person is more than their addiction.