David Allen Pollentier, 59, died on March 5, 2005, at his home.
There will be a celebration of his life at 2 p.m. Friday at the First Church of the Nazarene, 1250 Hughes Lane. Pastor Jon Privett of the Nazarene Churchwill officiate. Vault interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery.
Visitations will be from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave.
Dave was born on Jan. 15, 1946, at Ontario to Alfons and Doris Giesler Pollentier. He was raised at Jordan Valley and Burns, where his father was station commander for the Oregon State Police.
He was a 1964 Burns High School graduate and attended Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario. He married Terry Marie Boyer on April 30, 1966, at Payette, Idaho. He had two daughters, Cassandra and Mary.
Dave was employed by the Oregon Department of Transportation from 1964 to 1967. His career with the Oregon State Police began in September 1967 as a recruit with assignment to the Baker Patrol Office, where he spent his entire career. He was a highway patrolman until March of 1988, when he transferred to the criminal division.
During his career, he received numerous honors and awards, including the Oregon Peace Officers Association’s Non-Criminal Lifesaving Award and an Outstanding Service to Crime Victims Award from the Crime Victims Assistance Network of Oregon. He was known for his excellence in conducting sexual abuse and homicide investigations in Baker and Grant counties. He retired in June 1995.
After retiring, he worked at Cashway Lumber Co. for a short time before beginning work for the District Attorney’s office as an investigator. He investigated mainly homicides, domestic violence and child abuse cases until July of 2000.
Dave served the Lord daily in his work, at home and at his church. He was the most generous, caring and compassionate man anyone ever met. He loved going on Work and Witness trips with teenagers and adults. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, going on picnics, and drives in the mountains. The joy of his life was his loving wife, kids and eight grandchildren, who referred to him as their “Papa.”
Survivors include his wife, Terry; his daughters and their husbands, Cassandra and George Martin and Mary and Chris Black; grandchildren, Christine, Austin, Dakota, Abigail, Alex, Jessica, Joe and Emily, all of Baker City; sisters, Patricia Chichester and her husband, Ken, and Mary Lou Foster and her husband, Dough; a brother, John Pollentier; nieces, Kim Hedrick, Renee Frazier and Jennifer and Michelle Pollentier; nephews, Brian and Alan Foster; aunts and uncles, Glen and Denise Giesler, Donna Clancy and Joanne Pollentier; and numerous cousins.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hope Fund at the Nazarene Church or the Northeast Oregon Compassion Center through Gray’s West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, March 11, 2005
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor