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Edward 'Art' Dollard

Jun 21, 2012 - Staff

Lander native Edward "Art" Dollard died Monday, June 18, 2012.

A memorial mass, with the Rev. Father David Erickson as celebrant, is at 10 a.m. Friday, June 29, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Lander, followed by burial at the Hudson Cemetery.

Funeral services are Friday, June 22, at St. George Parish in Post Falls, Idaho.

Edward "Art" Dollard was born May 16, 1943, in Lander to James "Bud" and Katherine Dollard. He grew up in the Lander area and graduated from Fremont County Vocational High School in Lander.

He served with the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Bon Homme Richard from 1963 to 1967.

After an honorable discharge, he returned home and in l968 he married Evelyn "Joann" Trujillo.

Thereafter he attended Colorado Aero Tech where he became a certified airframe and power plant mechanic. Mr. Dollard's love for aircraft led him to become a private pilot where he and his wife flew mail between Casper and Denver.

Mr. Dollard served as a Lander police officer for a few years, and then was an entrepreneur in the nightclub and restaurant business. Later, Mr. Dollard and his family moved to the Coeur d' Alene, Idaho, area where he went to work for the Department of Defense at the David Taylor Research Center in Bayview, Idaho. He worked there for almost 20 years before retiring in 2006.

His family said Mr. Dollard had a passion for horses and ranching in his younger years, loved all things related to fast cars and did some racing as a sprint car driver, was an avid boater and loved cruising Pend Oreille Lake.

Mr. Dollard is survived by his wife, Mary Sprute-Dollard; brother Richard "Dick" Dollard; twin sister Dorene Miller; his children, Joanna Schaffer and Arthur "Bud" Dollard; his stepchildren, Ann Ealy, Matthew Burton, Adam Burton, Allison Burton, Michaela Lawrence and Elise Burton; 13 grandchildren; and 22 nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father; his stepfather, Herman Whitman; and his first wife, Joann.

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