Michael Lawrence Boland | The sun on the north side
Michael Lawrence Boland, 27, died suddenly of a pulmonary embolism on Monday, November 7 in Jackson.
A celebration of his dynamic life will be held on Tuesday, November 15 at St. Richard’s Catholic Church in Jackson. The visitation is from 10 a.m. to noon with the funeral mass at noon.
Mike was joyfully welcomed into our lives in Jackson on March 8, 1995. He attended elementary school at St. Richard’s Catholic School and graduated from St. Joseph’s Catholic High School in 2013, with many honors and rewards. He was a three-time 2A state singles and doubles tennis champion at St. Joe and an active member of the Bruins soccer and football teams, with whom he devoured CS pre-game dinners. .
Among his many interests, Mike was patriotic and wanted to know every detail of how government worked. He enthusiastically served in the Mississippi Youth Legislature, Leadership Jackson, and the American Legion Boys State. He also proudly served as a page in the Mississippi State Legislature for his great-aunt, Rep. Rita Martinson and Governor Haley Barbour, and was an intern for U.S. Senator Roger Wicker.
Mike served his Boy Scout Troop 1 at St. James Episcopal Church as a Troop Chaplain. He won and attained the rank of Eagle Scout. He basked in the sun during summers as a lifeguard at the River Hills Club in high school and college, hated shucking oysters in Hattiesburg.
He attended Mississippi State University, Pearl River Community College, and graduated in December 2017 in the snow from the University of Southern Mississippi with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science.
He was a brilliant mind in the internet technology and computer industry in remote Kansas City, Missouri, and on his way to Austin, Texas. He viewed his work as more than just a job and was generous in sharing his prolific knowledge with others.
Mike was a keen player, foodie, and sports fan, especially Mississippi State football. He loved to read and his mind was like an encyclopedia. He could easily recite obscure facts about movies, sports, and history. As much as he collected countless details, he collected even more friends.
Mike has traveled the world, visiting China, South Korea, Mexico, Japan, Italy, Canada, Spain, France and Germany and many places in the United States including recent business trips to SpaceX.
He had a deep love for his family and friends, and they happily returned it. He will always be remembered for that contagious big laugh that his friends say would make him easy to spot in a crowd. He was also a talented artist and the walls of his parents’ house are adorned with many of his original works.
Mike is survived by his loving parents, Pat and Nicki Boland of Jackson, and his sister, Mary Grace Boland of Jackson and Bordeaux, France, as well as countless aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and his dog Bowie. Honorary bearers are his team of closest friends. He is welcomed into heaven by his grandparents, Larry and Peggy Boland and Mike and Gloria Martinson, all of Jackson and all the Saints who came before him.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to The Gleaners, 237 Briarwood Drive, Jackson, MS 39206; Boys and Girls Club of Central Mississippi, 1450 West Capitol Street, Jackson, MS 39203; or Soul City Church, 226 Whitfield Street, Jackson, MS 39202.