David “Dean” Bolick, age 89 of Melbourne, Florida and Lake Ozark, Missouri passed away March 23, 2022, in West Melbourne, Florida. Dean was born June 1, 1932, near Bloomfield Iowa, the oldest son of David Henry Bolick and Hazel LaFern Parker Bolick.
Survivors include Janet McDaniel Bolick, his wife of 26 years of Melbourne, FL; daughters, Carolyn Paris of Gig Harbor, WA and Barbara (Mark) Hewitt of Shawnee, KS; step-daughter, Carol Burns of Melbourne, FL; grandchildren, Morgan (Adam) Sachs of Gig Harbor, WA, Tucker (Rachel) Hewitt of Kansas City, MO, Elizabeth (Michael) Walker of Fayetteville, NC, Brock (Madison) Hewitt of Kansas City, MO, Nathan Burns of Melbourne, FL, Skyler (Ashley) Burns of Palm Bay, FL; great-grandchildren Oliver Sachs of Gig Harbor, WA and Annaliese Hewitt of Kansas City, MO.
He was preceded in death by his parents, David and Hazel Bolick; brother, Billy Bolick; daughter, Sandra Bolick; and twin sons, Michael and Stephen Bolick.
Dean was raised in Drakesville, Iowa and graduated from Davis County High School in Bloomfield, Iowa in 1950. He attended Kirksville State Teacher’s College (now Truman University) as well as the University of Iowa where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business.
After graduation Dean married Elizabeth Ann Morgan and enlisted in the United States Army where he served in Huntsville, Alabama until he was honorably discharged in 1957. He spent his career as the owner and operator of Morgan Fertilizer. It had its beginning in 1957 when Morgan Oil began selling anhydrous ammonia to farmers. Over the next 48 years Morgan Fertilizer grew to include manufacturing and retail locations in Wyaconda, Memphis, Downing, Williamstown, and Edina as well as Bolick Terminal in Canton, Missouri which supplied liquid Nitrogen to other dealers.
One of his professional highlights was redesigning the Wyaconda plant to meet new EPA standards which resulted in Morgan Fertilizer winning a 1998 State Environmental Respect Award for outstanding environment stewardship among agricultural retailers across the nation.
Dean was on the MO-AG Board for 4 decades and Treasurer for 10 years; Honored with Bronze Volunteer Excellence Award in 1991 for his years of service with the National Fertilizer Solution Association; Board of Directors and Secretary of Agricultural Ammonia Institute; Charter Member and Board of Directors for the National AgriChemical Retailers Association (NARA). Dean was featured in and a contributor to several trade magazines, and always willing to help and share his knowledge with others. Dean was a 32 Degree Mason with the Memphis Lodge #16 and The Grand Lodge of Missouri, a member of Memphis United Methodist Church, and served on the Memphis Nursing Home board.
When Dean wasn’t working, he enjoyed flying his Cessna airplane, traveling, and spending time with he and Janet’s many friends. His favorite pastime was playing golf. An avid reader, he taught himself to golf from reading a book. He then spent the remainder of his life, until three years ago, perfecting his game. He had many great golfing buddies in Memphis, Kirksville, the Ozarks, and Florida. He and his wife, Janet, equally shared their love of golf and played in many couple leagues and played at approximately 60 courses across the United States and other countries. Dean was able to boast of three hole-in-ones.
Dean’s full life continued well into his 80’s. His 80th birthday and on were celebrated with high impact adventures like sky diving, para sailing, ropes course and zip lining. He especially treasured his trips with the family and road trips with his daughters Carolyn and Barbie to the Pacific Northwest and a bucket list trip to the Ryder Cup in Paris, France.