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Obituaries: Jack D. Polk (1930-2007)

Jack D. Polk passed away on Tuesday, March 6, 2007, in Crescent City.

He was born on Feb. 22, 1930, in Marshall, Ark,. to James and Victoria Polk. He grew up in Visalia and entered the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1947 and in 1949 made a lateral move over into the U.S. Air Force. He spent the next 20 years traveling with the military and he served two tours in the Korean War and three tours in the Vietnam War. While serving in the field, he not only saved the life of a fellow airman by performing a tracheotomy, but he also helped a woman by delivering a baby in the rice fields during combat. Jack was awarded many meritorious honors throughout his military career including the Bronze Star medal.

He eventually met and married Beverly M. Schenck and settled in Castro Valley. They raised four children together and Jack not only worked for Pacific Bell for over 20 years, but always found time to devote to his children. He coached his boys in Little League Baseball and CYO Basketball. He was also a 4-H All Star Leader and helped out with their Boy Scout Troops. During his retirement years, he and Beverly moved to Lewiston in Trinity County.

Jack was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose and a life-long member of the Veteran's of Foreign Wars. Jack loved to fish, play poker, play his guitar, and also bartended off and on for over 48 years and was a master of trivia. His greatest joy was to care for his family and play with his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Beverly Polk, of Crescent City; daughter Kathy and husband James Jarman of East Alton, Ill.; adopted daughter, Robin and husband Douglas Clark of Galt; son Christopher and wife Denise Polk of Fremont; son Michael E. and wife Nicole Polk of Crescent City; daughter-in-law Melanie and husband Curt Sturos; son Joseph and wife Tracy Polk of Klamath Falls, Ore.; sister Pauline and husband Carl Bond of East Alton, Ill.; sister-in-law Audrey Polk; grandchildren include Jason, Sheree, Kevin, Kyle, Nicole, Ashley, Caitlin, Janet, Ryan, Austin, Marina, Madison, Jackie, Rebecca, Levi and great-grand-daughters Emma and Audrey.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Victoria, and step-father, Milton Thorne, brother James C. Polk, and father James N. Polk.

The family prefers contributions be made in Jack's name to the Veteran's of Foreign Wars, Post 1831, 810 H Street, Crescent City, CA, 95531 or to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements are under the direction of Wier's Mortuary Chapel of Crescent City.

 

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