Brian Edward Bolanowski

April 2, 1984July 24, 2018

It is with great sadness that the family of Brian Bolanowski, 34, of Stapleton, CO, shares the words that he was returned home to God’s loving arms on Tuesday, July 24, 2018. Brian’s sudden passing has left a void in the lives and hearts of so many. As a Master Mason, Brian humbly dedicated so much time to improve the lives of so many. Working in airport operations, security, and customer relations, he worked to improve travel at airports in Denver, CO and Williston, ND. Brian was an avid Chicago Bears, Chicago Blackhawks, and Vegas Golden Knights fan. Brian loved animals, particularly rescues, but Husky dogs held a special place in his heart.

Brian attended Kahler Middle School in Dyer, IN and then graduated from Green Valley High School in Henderson, NV. He then completed college with a Bachelor of Arts Degree at the University of Nevada – Reno. He received his Associates Degree in Air Traffic Control at Aimes University in Loveland, CO.

Brian leaves behind his loving parents, Joe and Elaine Bolanowski of Las Vegas, NV; his best friend and brother, Jeff (Marisa) Bolanowski of Carlsbad, CA; his girlfriend, Lani Cohan of Las Vegas, NV; and his Husky, Phantom.

He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him. A visitation will be held on Friday, August 10, 2018 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM with a funeral service to follow at Palm Southwest Mortuary, 7979 W. Warm Springs Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89113. In lieu of flowers, to honor Brian’s love of animals, please send donations to Thunder Puppy K9 Rehabilitation and Rehoming in Golden, CO where he rescued his beloved Husky, Phantom at


  • Visitation

    Friday, August 10, 2018

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, August 10, 2018


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Zachary Porter

August 9, 2018

I'll always remember Brian as a guy that was always ready and willing to do fun things. The times in Reno, Las Vegas, and the trips to California would not have been the same without him.

I went through all my photos and stumbled upon the Halloween picture where Brian was the guy from Fear and Loathing. It's a classic. Nights like those were some of the bests, and I'm happy I got to share so many of them with him.

Jean Nejman

August 6, 2018

We are so saddened to hear of Brian’s passing. He was such a wonderful young man. We first met the Bolanowski family when we moved across the street from them in Dyer, IN back in 1987. Brian would come over and ask if the boys could come out and play. My favorite memory was when he would come over when he was around 4 years old and he would be wearing his cowboy boots, on the wrong feet. I would say to him, “Brian, I think your boots are on the wrong feet” and he would say, “I know”. I would then ask him, “doesn’t that hurt your feet?” And he would say, “no, I like them like that”. It always made me laugh!

Our deepest sympathies to Joe, Elaine and Jeff. We will keep Brian and all of you in our thoughts and prayers.

I’ve attached a picture of the neighborhood gang. Brian is wearing the black shirt, third from the left, and Jeff is first on the left.

Dave, Jean, Eric, Jason, and Kevin Nejman

Derek Sutherland

August 5, 2018

I still vividly remember when I was introduced to this incredibly happy kid from Indiana. He had the biggest smile, and his happiness seemed unflappable. He moved to Henderson, NV and quickly became friends with my brother, Robert Manley Sutherland and the group of friends that Robert hung out with (you know who you are). But as a new kid in a new town prior to the age of cell phones Brian was eager to hang out with his new friends and of course would call our house. One day, early on in their friendship Brian called our house looking for Robert and my Dad answered the phone (Mr. Gary/Gerald/Coach/Dad wasn't always the warmest guy and could come off slightly intimidating at times) the following was their conversation that day. Dad: "Hello?" Brian: "Is Robert home?" Dad: "Nope" (Not really interested in who's calling or relaying a message) Brian: "Uh, okay. I'll try him a little later" Dad: "Bye"... 30 minutes later the phone rings again... Dad: "Hello?" Brian: "Is Robert home?" Dad: "Nope" (there is 100% probability that he was at Aidan O'Connell's) Brian: "Uh okay, I'll try him a little later... 20 minutes later the phone rings... Dad: "Hello?" Brian: "Is Robert home?" Dad: "No, and I don't think that he will be for a long time" Brian: "Uh okay, I'll try him a little later"... 30 minutes later the phone rings... Dad: "Hello?" Brian: "Is Robert home?" Dad: "No. Who is this?" (Brian is watching the History Channel at this time, and Winston Churchill is on the television) Winnie: "Uh, Um, this is Winston" Dad: "Winston huh?" Winnie: "Yes?" Dad: "Okay Winston, well when Robert gets home I'll have him call you" Robert and Brian played hockey together almost from the day that Brian moved to the Vegas Valley, and Coach Gary was their coach the entire time. The next day, or a couple of days later, my Dad and Robert go to pick up Brian for practice and my Dad says to him, "hey Winnie, what's up?" That is one of my all time favorite memories. Rest easy Brian, I'll miss you.

Nathan Barnett

August 4, 2018

I met Brian a few years ago. He started at a Lexus dealership in Colorado and took over my position. I had the honor of training Brian. We became good friends while working together. Shortly after he had started a few of the guys took a trip up to Jackson Hole WY to snowboard. I remember it was late driving back and we were heading over Laramie pass it was snowing harder than I had ever seen. Brian was driving. He and I were laughing because the snow was so bad. It was like something out of a movie. It’s memories like that I will never let go of. Brian was always a stand up guy. He loved his dog, and always talked about his family. When I heard the news today I was really sad but Brian was a happy person, he didn’t need much. I know he’s looking down at us and that someday I will see him again.