Eugene (Gene) Dale Polk went to be with Jesus on Friday morning, July 29, 2022 with most of his family at his bedside.
Gene was born on March 9, 1934 to George and Ruth Knox in Prentiss, Mississippi joining an older sister Lanell and brother George (Bud). Both parents and siblings preceded Gene in death.
Gene joined the Navy when he was 18 years old, as he said “to get three meals and a dry bed”, serving four years from 1952 to 1956 during the Korean War. He served aboard the USS HAMUL as Ship’s Serviceman Third Class.
He met Naomi McIntyre while he was on shore duty in Long Beach California. They were married July 16, 1955 and had one son Dennis Wayne Polk.
The family settled in South Gate, California, where Gene went to work for the Arrowhead Spring Water Company in Los Angeles after his Honorable Discharge from the Navy.
Gene worked there for 42 years, 40 of which he drove a tanker water truck hauling spring water from the mountains to the plant in Los Angeles to be bottled and sold.
God was the focus of Gene’s life, and he was faithful in his attendance and giving to the church, through finances, service projects or whatever he saw needed to be done. He was quick to help those he saw in need.
He worked hard to provide for his family and to be sure they had what they needed since he grew up with so little himself.
When illness visited his wife and son he did all he could to provide care for them, even up to the final moments of his own life.
He loved God’s creation, as he took his wife and son with friends and extended family fishing and camping as much as he could. So many great memories were made during times like these.
In his later years and after the death of his wife, the family moved to Orofino Idaho in 1999.
Gene made himself known around town with his outgoing personality (never met a stranger), through his faithful attendance at the First Church of God, his frequent visits to the local restaurants, and his familiar presence at the end of the counter at Augie’s Deli. He loved working at the Food Bank on Friday’s and took great delight in teasing and joking with all the workers and people who came in.
He will be missed by many people, but especially by his family that he has left behind: Son Dennis Polk and Daughter-in-love Debbie, Grandchildren Melany Hewlett, Heather and Tony Mastroianni, and Nathan and Tayler Polk, Greatgrandchildren Zachary Peterson, Ayden Polk and Lyana Polk. Heaven is a happier place today because Gene is making jokes with everyone.
“Bye Dad, we love you and miss you so much.”
Services to be held at the First Church of God in Orofino, July 13, 2022 at 10 a.m.
Instead of flowers, donations may be made in his honor to the Local Food Bank.