Michael Lawrence Boland | The Northside Sun

Michael Lawrence Boland, 27, died unexpectedly of a pulmonary embolism on Monday, November 7, in Jackson.

A celebration of his vibrant life will be held on Tuesday, November 15 at St. Richard Catholic Church in Jackson. The visitation is from 10am to 12pm with the funeral mass at 12pm.

Mike was happily welcomed into our lives in Jackson on March 8, 1995. He attended elementary school at St. Richard Catholic School and graduated from St. Joseph Catholic High School in 2013 with many honors and honors. He was a three-time State 2A St. Joe singles and doubles tennis champion and an active member of the Bruins soccer and football teams, with whom he ate CS’s pre-game dinners.

Among his many interests, Mike was patriotic and wanted to know every detail of how government worked. He served enthusiastically 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 Gov. Haley Barbour, and was an intern for US Senator Roger Wicker.

Mike served as Troop Chaplain to his Boy Scout Troop 1 at St. James Episcopal Church. He earned and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. He basked during the summer months as a lifeguard at the River Hills Club in high school and college, and hated shucking oysters in Hattiesburg.

He attended Mississippi State University, Pearl River Community College and graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi in December 2017 in the snow with a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science.

He was a brilliant mind in the internet technology and computer industry in Kansas City, Missouri from afar and en route to Austin, Texas. He viewed his work as more than just a job and was generous in sharing his wealth of knowledge with others.

Mike was an avid gamer, foodie, and sports fan, particularly 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 innumerable 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 family and friends and they happily returned it. He will always be remembered for that big, infectious laugh that friends say would easily spot him in a crowd. He was also a talented artist and the walls of his childhood home are adorned with many of his original works.

Mike is survived by loving parents Pat and Nicki Boland of Jackson and sister Mary Grace Boland of Jackson and Bordeaux, France, as well as countless aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and his dog Bowie. Honorary coffin 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 the Jacksons and all the Saints who have gone before.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations 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.

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