Mary Jeanette and Don Boles
Long time Burbank resident, Mary Jeanette Boles, died peacefully on March 3rd at age 90 in Burbank. She followed her husband, Don Boles, by under two years. He died at age 91 in 2009. Mary Jeanette (Goodwin) was known as “Merry Balls” by her late husband, but preferred to be called Jeanette.
Both Don and Jeanette came as youngsters to Burbank with their families and stayed to make their lives here. They met at Burbank High School and married a month after her graduation. She was 16 and he was 18. Don joined the original group in the Lockheed Apprenticeship Program under the Roosevelt Administration, graduating with a journeyman tool and die degree. His employment was interrupted by two years in the Navy.
In 1946, Don and Jeanette started a travel trailer manufacturing business, building the first unit their Burbank garage. From there, Boles-Aero Travel Trailer, Inc. was born and grew to three locations nationally. They operated jointly for 34 years before retiring in 1980. Don was inducted into the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Eklhardt, Ind. and in 2005 he was mentioned as an industry pioneer for his innovations and creative designs of his products.