Bolton, Kenneth R.

September 22, 1965 - June 3, 2017

Kenny took his last breath in the twilight hours of Saturday, June 3, 2017, at his childhood home in Irving, TX.  He was 51 years old. The cause of death is known only to his Maker at this time.

Kenny was born on September 22, 1965, at Methodist Hospital in Dallas, TX, to Patty and Bob Bolton. Bobby, having barely survived a 42’ fall, held his son for the first time with casts on his arms. Family life began by settling in Irving to recover with lots of help from grandparents. He and his sister, born 2.5 years later, grew up together, attended school and built life-long friendships in the Irving area.

Kenny’s passion was being outdoors from a very early age. He loved riding his bike, climbing trees, swimming, fishing and playing all types of sports. He excelled in baseball and played for the YMCA as well as city leagues for many years.  Happy times with his dad included camping and fishing trips throughout his years in Boy Scouts. He loved the hunting trips and spending time with his Papaw Smith.  Kenny learned to play the violin, saxophone as well as guitar. He truly loved all genres of music. Above all he loved to make people laugh and was kind hearted.

When his parents parted ways, he just wanted to save his dad from alcoholism. As soon as he finished high school he moved to DeSoto, TX, to live and work in the Bolton family construction business as an iron worker and welder. Instead of saving his dad, he was drawn into addiction. It Really began in high school experimenting with marijuana and alcohol then moving to pain killers and worse over the years. The biggest blessing of all is we know he was a Christian. He accepted Jesus Christ as is Lord and Savior and was baptized on January 13, 1985, at Plymouth Park Baptist Church in Irving.  He went on to marry twice and have three beautiful daughters. He later enjoyed working in the tree removal and lawn care business in southeast Texas as well as the DFW Metroplex area.

Those left behind to remember Kenny’s life story are his daughter Autumn Brooks & her husband Tyler, daughter Karajean McCurdy & grandson Aiden, daughter Sarah McCurdy, his daughters’ mother Tina Bargas and their grandparents Chuck and Norma McCurdy, all of Mansfield, TX; Mother Patty Pannell, sister Kara Heflin & her husband Lee, niece Amber Heflin & her daughter Bria, niece Megan Heflin & her son Tre, all of Irving, TX; extended family are bonus sister Christie Rawson & her husband Mike, niece Amanda Rawson & her children Hunter, Braylen & Makayla; nephew Kody Rawson & wife Savannah & their son Paul; all of Mesquite, TX; maternal uncle Gary R. Smith of Irving, TX; paternal uncles Reggie, Steve, Randy & Terry Bolton & their respective families all in the DFW Metroplex area. Numerous cousins in Texas, Oklahoma & Iowa. The love of his life Debra Snyder of Tomball, TX, as well as numerous friends past & present. 

Please know that the best part of Kenny loved each and everyone of you. This is an excerpt from a private message he sent to several of the people he cared for on Thursday, June 1, 2017:  “Search us, Oh GOD, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and set us free. Amen!”

I’ll hold you in my heart forever, love Mom 



Please send the family condolences and sign the guest book on this site.

Arrangements are under the direction of:
Aria Cremation Service & Funeral Home
1820 N. Belt Line Road
Irving, Texas 75061

8 replies on “Bolton, Kenneth R.”

Kara Heflin says:

Kenny, you were an amazing big brother growing up. I will cherish all of the laughter and good times for as long as I live. The vacations, your & Lee’s fishing escapades, the cookouts, the pranks, the funny stories… I’ll love you always!

Michael and Jessica Edmonds says:

We send our love, thoughts and prayers to the family. Kenny was always a pleasure at work and whenever we just were hanging out at Kara and Lee’s, we will never forget his kind heart.

Marvin &Ann Brooks says:

We are so very sorry for the loss of your Son, Brother, and Dad, we pray God gives you all Peace and Comfort during this time and in the days to come. May God Bless you all and keep you.

Joyce Zmolik says:

My derpest sympathy dear Patty and all family
I am so very sorry for your loss. Prayers for all in this very sad time. God Bless

Lisa Smith Burden says:

Cousins are a gift not always close but always felt. Love to my family.

Megan Heflin says:

You meant the world to me. You always made me laugh. You taught me how to cook pancakes, and even how to drive your truck and pull a loaded trailer. You took me fishin with you all of the time, and you supported all of my softball and band events. You were a huge part of my life, and I will cherish every memory we had together. I miss getting up at the butt crack of dawn and going to work with you. You taught me how to read a key map bettwr than anyone in my generation. Your brilliance always amazed me. I love you Uncle Kenny. You will always be in my heart. I will carry you with me, for the rest of my life.

Your loving niece,
RIP Forever and always alive in our hearts!

Debra Snyder says:

Patty and Kara, I love you both so very much. I am very sorry for your loss. It has meant the world to me to have been a part of your family. You are so special to me.

Kenny, your battle is over and you will be forever in my heart. I love you.

Terrance Tate says:

While i have known Kenny for such a short time it is with great honor for me to call him a kind man and most of all a friend. Kenny had been my yard guy for the last couple of years. His professionalism was unmatched. I appreciate him being reliable and most of all a great human being. Thanks for the services you’ve provided for many people in the neighborhood.

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