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Obituaries: Vetten, Boatman, Bolan

John Robert Vetten

CASPER, Wyo. –

John Robert Vetten: 1961 to 2020

John Robert Vetten better known as “Johnny V” passed away Sunday December 13th 2020 surrounded by lots of love and some of his dearest friends. 

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He was born on April 26th 1961 to Shirley Ann and Otto William Vetten in Fort Smith AK.John was a graduate of Kelly Walsh High School and was the general manager of C85 Galles Liqour where he loved his job, coworkers and all his customers!

John loved the “Star Trio”………Star Trek, Star Wars, Star Gate, even insisting on taking his drivers license picture in his Star Fleet uniform.

John loved nothing more than playing music, making people laugh, performing in theatrical plays, and helping others. John was a giving, generous, loving, compassionate, and truly one of a kind. His loving and giving heart was larger than life and his selflessness and compassion for others was unmatched.

John had a never ending supply of bad jokes, mediocre impersonations, as well as cheap trinkets from China! Every one who met John ended up with some kind of trinket from his stash!

John was also incredibly musically talented, he was an original member of the infamous band The Grease Monkeys, he started his own band Tacos and Hotdogs, and played many gigs with different local artists as well as writing and recording several of his own songs.

He had his own unique style of playing the guitar and his enthusiasm was contagious infecting everyone that ever met him.

John will be truly and deeply missed forever by those who loved him.“Of all the souls I have encountered in my travels, his was the most….human.”

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.


Mark Boatman

Mark Boatman: March 29, 1962 ~ December 19, 2020 (age 58)

On December 19, 2020, Mark Boatman died suddenly without an opportunity to say goodbye to so many who loved him. Mark is preceded in death by his mother, Eva “Vonnie” Boatman, his father, Robert Boatman, and his sister Tracy LaPlante.

He is survived by his wife Yvette Boatman, his daughter, Nikki Whiting, his son Jason Boatman, his stepson Ryan Louis, his sister Eva Boatman, his grandchildren, Sabre, Piola, Gordon by many nephews & nieces and his furry friend Delilah.

Mark especially loved to go fishing and spend time with his family and friends. Mark loved his furry friends who he took everywhere he went. Mark will be forever remembered for his kind and caring heart. If you knew Mark you are very fortunate to have memories of such a loving and generous man. Mark enjoyed life to the fullest and believed that it is not what you have in life, but it’s what you can give to others.

If you would like to say good-bye, there will be a visitation on December 23rd from 3 to 4 p.m. at Bustard & Jacoby Funeral Home in Casper.  A celebration of life will follow at Butch’s Happy Days in Evansville.


Carol Ann Stevens Bolan

Carol Ann Stevens Bolan: 1929 to 2020

Carol was born in Parowan, Utah, on Christmas Day to William Ralph Stevens and LaRu Estella Cowley.

When she was an infant her father passed away and her widowed mother took her three small children to live on the Cowley family farm in the Big Horn Basin of Wyoming. Although Carol learned homemaking skills from her mother she preferred to be outside working in the large garden and helping with the animals.

Carol descended from Mormon handcart pioneers and her family helped colonize the Big Horn Basin. She attended school in Byron, WY, graduating in 1948 as Salutatorian. Two years ago she attended her 70th class reunion.

Following graduation she attended college in Powell, WY. While working as a waitress in Powell she met Stephen Bolan. They were married in 1950 and lived in Powell, Lyman and Rock Springs before settling in Casper where they lived for 62 years. 

A lifetime member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Carol, Stephen and their children were sealed as a family in the Provo , UT, temple in 1981. Their children are: Cynthia Frazier (Richard), Provo, UT; Annette Dickson (Steve), Provo, UT; Lana Bolan, Casper,WY; Shelli Davis (Bodie), Las Cruces, NM; Michael Bolan (Lori), Richmond, UT; Stephen Bolan (Marti), Anchorage, AK. She has 23 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild.

Carol worked hard to make every place she lived into a loving home. She was a master baker known for wonderful rolls, bread and cookies. She loved a challenge and could figure out how to design and/or fix almost anything.

Carol loved to see and made most of the clothes her children wore including suits, prom and wedding dresses, and kept everyone warm with handmade quilts. She designed costumes for her children who participated in the clown parade where they often came home with top prizes. Costume design and construction for Casper College plays was a special opportunity for her to display her creativity and passion for sewing.

She supported her children in all their school projects and activities and spent many years watching games, attending concerts as well as plays. She would sit for hours helping children with homework, explaining Algebra, or advising budding poets. Often she would take on outside work, such as ironing, in order to pay for music lessons for her children. A good education was encouraged and expected. She and Steve were very proud that all 6 children are college graduates. 

A member of the Casper 3rd and then 8th ward she served in many capacities including Cub Scouts, music, ward activity leader and taught classes for children, youth and adults. No matter what she was asked to do she put her heart and soul into each opportunity. She served her family, her church and her community. Serving missions for the church was important to her and many of her posterity have served in the U. S. and/or abroad.

Carol made candy each Christmas which was then delivered by her caroling family. She made hundreds of quilts for family and friends, humanitarian agencies and hospice. She always had a garden and enjoyed using, preserving and sharing the produce.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her sister Marie Simon, brother Eugene Stevens, one grandchild, a great-grandchild, a son-in-law Steve Dickson, and her husband Stephen Bolan (2006).