Gerald Pat Bolden was born July 29, 1925 in Naborton, Louisiana, in a Texaco lease house, to James Sonneman Bolden and Mary Todd Bolden, now deceased. He graduated from Golden Meadow High School in Golden Meadow, Louisiana, in 1943 with honors and joined the Army Air Corp, July 1943 and was discharged as an Aviation Cadet in 1945. Pat graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 1951 with a B.S. in geology and was employed by Shell Oil Company as an Exploration Geologist. He took retirement in November, 1978. He managed Hinkle Exploration as a consultant until 1983 and Hilliard Oil and Gas as Exploration Manager until 1986 when he became an independent Consultant Geologist. Pat Joined the American Association of Petroleum Geologists in 1951 and later became an Emeritus member. Pat received his 50 year gold AAPG pin in 2003. He was guest speaker at many geological societies, SWS AAPG, SEG local and National and AAPG national and led geological field trips for several universities. He served as an AAPG delegate and as Treasurer for SWS AAPG for 2 years. He was General Chairman of SIPES National Convention in 1992, received the Monroe G. Cheney Science Award in 1993 from SWS AAPG for his lead in Wrench Faulting. He was awarded Honorary Life Membership in West Texas Geological Society and was in 'Who's Who in Executives and Professionals" in 1994. He was a Deacon, Elder, and Sunday school teacher.
Pat is survived by his wife, Charlene; son Craig and wife Sylvia; daughter Kathy Jo Bolden of Porter, TX and Charlene's three children: son Mark Hutchison of Austin, his wife Tracy and their daughter Amy; daughter Sharon Ott and husband Richard of Houston; and son Jay Hutchison and his wife Cyndi of LaGrange. He also leaves behind a brother James Roy Bolden, Odessa, TX. And his daughter Debbie Lee and husband Kenneth Lee of Tyler, TX.
Friends may call after noon on Thursday, February 21, 2013. A funeral service has been scheduled for 2:00pm Friday, February 22, 2013 at First Presbyterian Church with interment to follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Online condolences may be offered at www.ellisfunerals.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to one's church or favorite charities.