Cody Bolken

Obituary of Cody James Bolken


Cody James Bolken


The terms of life are never known. But our ultimate gratitude for our blessing of life is owed to our heavenly Father. Our Father miraculously brings us into our flesh life, shares our spirit with the world, guides and reveals our purpose, and, ultimately, graciously brings us home. Cody James Bolken is home.


Cody was brought home October 18th, 2019, which was the same day his Grandma Thompson was 15 years prior. 


Cody was a son, whose identity was found in his mother and father – he modeled his mother’s kindness, her gentlehearted spirit, and her beautiful smile. Cody proudly carried his father’s humble grit, his unwitting pursuit for perfection, his adventure for life, and his perfectly timed humor during difficult times. Cody loves his parents.


Cody was a brother, who always wanted to be around his older brother. He admired his brother’s bravery and example, both of which Cody drew from his whole life. Cody respected and loved how he and his brother were different, and he took great pride in being the strengths his brother needed, while also knowing his brother was always there for his weaknesses. Cody loves his brother.


Cody was a grandson, who wanted nothing more than to carry the legacy his grandparents laid before him. Cody loved walks with his grandfathers, and he loved playing games with his grandmothers. Above it all, Cody took inherent responsibility in knowing who his grandparents were and what it meant for the life he lived. Cody loves his grandparents.


Cody was a nephew, whose excitement and respect for his aunts and uncles transcended beyond holidays, long weekends, and family gatherings. Cody loved the joy, care, and support his aunts and uncles showed him throughout his life. Cody loves his aunts and uncles.


Cody was a cousin, whose infectious personality blossomed and became its own around his cousins. Cody loved being himself around his cousins, passing nights into days, traveling, talking about family, playing games, watching movies, swimming, and doing anything outdoors. Cody loves his cousins.


Cody was an uncle, whose presence for his niece and nephews gave warmth, comfort, and smiles only Uncle Cody could provide. Cody was very proud to be an uncle, to teach, to be a confidant, to be a shoulder, and to be an energy for his niece and nephews that he took great pride in providing. Cody loves his niece and nephews.


Cody loved his dogs, who were with Cody when all of us were not. They were Cody’s best friends, his ultimate dependency in solitude, his spirit lifter when Cody was lifting all of ours. Walter, 9, and Flint, 5, have been by Cody’s side all of his adult years. Cody’s dogs epitomize friendship, friendship Cody treasured and is forever grateful for. Cody loves his dogs.


Cody was a dear friend, who made availability and friendship for strangers his entire life. Acquaintances quickly transitioned into more, heartfelt friendship and authenticity are what exemplified Cody. Cody’s empathy and compassion for others culminated who he was. He did not have to try at this, it was a gift for all of us, a selfless statement of the life Cody lived. Cody loves his friends and those who needed a friend.


Cody is preceded in death by his Grandma Thompson and Grandpa and Grandma Bolken, Great Grandpa & Grandma Hawronsky, Great Grandpa & Grandma Thompson, Great Grandpa and Grandma Lee, and Great Grandma Wright.


Cody is survived by his mom and dad, Todd and Debbie Bolken, his brother and brother’s wife, Tyler and Lauren Bolken, his nephews and niece, Jaxon, Jace, Jaxtyn, and Mckinley, his best friends – Walter and Flint, and several special aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.


Cody was born Dec. 13, 1988 in Boise Idaho. He was 30 years old.


Cody attended grade school in Meridian and Eagle, Idaho. He graduated from Eagle High School in 2007.


Cody played football from early adolescence into college. Cody was named All Southern Idaho Conference after his junior year. After high school, Cody received a college football scholarship to Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah.


Cody graduated from SUU in 2012 with a degree in Construction Management.


After college, Cody moved to the rugged North Dakota back country to cut his teeth in construction – like he knew his dad and grandpa had done decades before. Cody worked in North Dakota for 5 years, before moving to Phoenix in early 2017 to be closer to his brother and family.


While in Phoenix, Cody accepted another position as a superintendent with a commercial-multifamily construction company, building multilevel residential communities in downtown Phoenix.


By this point, Cody had been away from Idaho for nearly 10 years, and home was calling. In September of 2017, Cody moved back home near his parents in Garden Valley, Id. Cody loved being home again, enjoying the outdoors, and connecting with old friends. Almost immediately upon moving back to Boise, Cody took a job with the technology-driven construction company, Katerra.


While in Idaho, Cody spent nearly all of his off time exploring the outdoors. He took camping adventures into the mountains with his parents on their RZR’s, more adamantly took up fishing and hunting, and always had his dogs by his side. Cody also took a 10-day trip to Alaska this past summer in July. This was bucket list trip he had talked about for a while.


Prayers, togetherness, and the positivity of Cody’s life and presence give us great strength. His strength, his humor, his empathy, and his personality perseveres. It forever will. 


Cody, we are forever grateful for you. We will forever miss you. We will forever remember you. Thank you. We love you.



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Celebration of life

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Friday, October 25, 2019
Summers Funeral Home- Ustick Chapel
3629 E. Ustick Rd.
Meridian, Idaho, United States
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