James W. Dolan Sr. ’44, age 87, of Bozeman passed away on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009. Jim was a man of great humor, honor and family. He spent his life making friends wherever he went and looked for opportunities to share his gift of laughter. Never a stranger did he meet. His family was his joy. He was born on June 7, 1922, in Alameda, Calif., to Dr. Paul E. and Veronica Concannon Dolan.Jim was a graduate of Livermore High School, and attended Santa Clara University for two years. To honor his country he enlisted in the United States Navy where he served for three years during World War II.In 1945 he married Jean Addleman, whom he referred to often as a ‘saint’ for her kindness to others. They were wed at St. Michael’s Church in Livermore, Calif. They raised five children, a daughter and four sons. During that time Jim worked at his family’s winery, Concannon Vineyards, the Lawrence Livermore Radiation Laboratory, and the Livermore Parks and Recreation Department.Jim was an active father. His children learned to help and care for others by watching their dad. Together they enjoyed scouting, hunting, and other outdoor activities. He served as a Boy Scout Master for 12 years. He also loved his involvement with the Livermore Rodeo, established in 1918 by his uncle, Joseph Concannon. He was a rodeo director for 12 years.Though he loved his roots in Livermore, he brought his family to Montana in 1970 to raise cattle in various locations across the state. They ranched on three different ranches in Montana from 1970 to 1980 in Martinsdale, Cardwell and Sheridan. After selling the Sheridan ranch, they retired in Bozeman where Jim worked part time for the U.S. Forest Service. He was also the ‘enforcer’ as a parking lot attendant in downtown Bozeman. His employers loved his grand sense of humor and pride in his work. Jim was an avid member of Resurrection Parish and a 30-year member of the Knights of Columbus, first in Whitehall and later in Bozeman, and was Grand Knight in both lodges. He was also a 50-year member of the American Legion. Jim is survived by his wife of 64 years, Jean (Addleman); and children, Ruth Ann (Charlie) Todd of San Jose, Calif., Jim (Corrine) of Belgrade, Mike (Janis) of Ennis, Pat (Diane) of Three Forks and Tim (Pam) of Belgrade; 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Jim passed away Aug. 13, 2009, at the Gallatin Rest Home in Bozeman. Times of joy and laughter with him will be remembered with great affection.

08 Nov 2018