Richard A. Rolan
1930 - 2013
Richard Sanders Rolan, known to family and friends as Dick, retired his cowboy hat and entered into rest on April 18, 2013.
He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Earline of Pine, where they met, built their home and spent their lives together. He also leaves behind his sons, David (Melinda) Rolan, Dicky (Debbie) Rolan, Jeff Rolan and Billy (Lisa) Wood; and daughters, Bobbie (Abe) Masqueler, RuthAnn (Jim) Horners and Denise Rolan.
Dick’s heart was forever soft for his nine grandchildren, David Jr., Aaron, Seth and Trayden Rolan, Nicole Wood, Laura and Andrew Rolan, Ammie Masqueler, Jordan and James Horners; as well as his only great-granddaughter, Violet Rolan. Dick grew up with his only brother, Judge; and their six sisters, Jimmie, Cindy, Jeannie, Revonanle, and preceding in death, Sally and Argie.
Dick was born on Oct. 30, 1930 to Tex and Alice Rolan in Rockdale, Texas. His family moved to Arizona in 1939 and became part-time residents of the Pine-Strawberry area in 1954. As a young man working as a carpenter and working his way up to a general contractor in the Valley area, he loved the Rim Country and became a full-time resident in 1972, where he has been a known contractor of this area since; responsible for building area landmarks such as the Chalet, Pine School House, the original subdivisions of the Portals I and II and his most recent and proud accomplishments: the Tonto Apache Tribal Government Building and Mazatzal Hotel and Casino, including numerous homes and commercial buildings all over the Rim Country. He loved to build and loved to pass his knowledge of the trade onto others. Many known tradesmen in this area began their careers working and learning with Dick.
As a family man, when not building, he enjoyed hunting and fishing the Rim Country. He loved this land and enjoyed it and its people as often as he could. In his latter years, when not at home with family, he was most likely to be found at the casino; enjoying the slots and the people. His other pastime was sports — watching any game that was playing, including his grandsons’ Little League and football games.
“Dick was a loving and generous man, and will be truly missed by many,” writes his family.
Brother Martin will conduct services at the Tonto Apache Gymnasium at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 27, with a celebration of life reception following.
The family suggests that memorial contributions in Mr. Rolan’s name be made to the Rim Country Foundation (Hospice Compassus), 511 S. Mud Springs Rd., Payson, AZ 85541.