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Rodney Gene Pollard

September 18, 1931 - May 18, 2011

Rodney Gene PollardOn May 18, 2011, Rodney Gene Pollard passed away at home after a long battle with arthritis and pulmonary problems.He was born Sept. 18, 1931 in Sandy, Utah to Glenn O. and Ebba Eleanor Bills Pollard. He grew up in South Ogden attending the old Birch Creek Elem. And the old Riverdale Jr. High, He graduated from the old Weber High in 1949. While in high school Rod played football, ran track and boxed. He graduated from Weber College and Utah State Univ. with a degree in Education. He was on the Weber College football team for two seasons.Rod married Ella Carmen Wright June 4, 1953 in the Logan LDS Temple. They settled in Riverdale in 1972. Rod taught school in northern California for 10 years, in Temple View, New Zealand 4 years, Syracuse Elem. 5 years and South Weber Elem. 19 years retiring in 1996 after 38 years of teaching. He was a dedicated teacher and loved his many students.Rod was in the National Guard and U.S. Army. As a member of the U.S. Forest Service he fought fires in the Eldorado Forest during summers while living in California. He had several second jobs over the years, one of his favorites was being a projectionist at the Cinedome 70 Theater and Riverdale Drive-In.He was a member of the LDS church and served in the Great Lakes Mission. Rod loved the Church and served in many different callings including 3 times in the bishopric and as a temple ordinance worker and officiator.Rod loved his family very much. He was also devoted to his many various pets. He respected all animal life and rescued many animals over the years. He had a multitude of interests including: books, gardening, college football, hiking, boxing, art, music, cowboy poetry, talk radio, photography, airplanes, and carpentry to name a few.He is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years, Ella Carmen Pollard and eight children: Cheryl Louis, Andrea Pollard, Mark (Stephanie) Pollard, Brian (Karen) Pollard, Kathryn Crane, Nathan (Natalie) Pollard, Tamara (Randy) Anderson, and Jeanette Hurst; one sister Patsy (Alan) Johnson, and two brothers Gary (Dana) Pollard and Steven (Anna) Pollard; 13 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren, with twin boys on the way. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Don, and one granddaughter, Eve Louis. Funeral services will be at the Riverdale 2nd Ward Chapel, 5500 S. 1175 W. , Tuesday May 24, 2011 at 1 p.m. Friends may visit family from 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. prior to services. A viewing will be held on Monday, May 23 from 6-8 p.m. at Leavitt’s Mortuary 836 36th St., Ogden. Interment at Aultorest Memorial Park.Many thanks to all the doctors, nurses, paramedics, and hospice staff that have cared for Rod over the years. Also thanks to the staff of McKay-Dee Hospital and Pine View Rehabilitation Center. Special thanks to Jason Eaton (Hospice Nurse) for going beyond the call of duty and Amber Poll (Rod’s former student) of Caring Hands Hospice for the tremendous care and support given to Rod and to all of us.In lieu of flowers please make a contribution to your favorite charity.Online condolences may be sent to the family at


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Date: Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Time: 11:30 pm - 12:30 pm

Riverdale 2nd Ward


5500 South 1175 West , , Riverdale, UT,

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Service Information

Date: Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Time: 1:00 pm -

Riverdale 2nd Ward


5500 South 1175 West , , Riverdale, UT,

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Timeline for Rodney Gene Pollard

Born: September 18, 1931
Died: May 18, 2011

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Robin Cline Kraucyk posted on 3/3/12

Dear Pollard Family,I have often wondered how you all were doing and Susan Rubio contacted me on Facebook asking if I knew where Andrea was. I started a search and came across this Obituary. I am sorry that I waited so long to try and find you. I want you to know that Mr. Pollard was my favorite teacher. He gave me my love of reading. I remember him reading to us before P.E. everyday and he always ended too soon. I wanted him to go on and on. I also remember his love of baseball and remember watching the World Series in his classroom. Sister Pollard, I remember you as the best Primary Chorister there ever was and when I held that calling I tried to remember the things you did and how you helped me to love music. I also remember coming over to your house and playing away many an afternoon. Your home always had a feeling of love in it.Please contact me. My Mom and Dad would love to hear how you are doing. Andrea, you are one of my fondest memories from Elementary School and I would love to get in contact with you again.Love,Robin Cline Kraucyk


Graeme Duncan posted on 10/6/11

Cheryl,I just noticed this obituary today (sorry I am so late) and wanted to express my condolences to you on the passing of your father. While he never approved of me during those years long ago in New Zealand, I did recognize that he was an extremely caring individual with great love for his family. May the Lord's choicest blessings be upon your family, and especially to you.


Jennifer Walton posted on 5/25/11

An amazing man, an incredible teacher and someone whose legacy I wish to live up to every day I teach school. Mr. Pollard use to 'forecast' what we would become when we grew up. He predicted that I would be a brain surgeon (yeah-right) or a teacher. Well he did have me pegged as the teacher type and I have many fond memories of him and being a member of his class. I will be forever grateful for the years of service and dedication Mr. Pollard freely gave to his students. For the love of reading and learning he offered us and for the unique experiences he brought into the classroom. His endless stories and the lighthearted way in which he teased or challenged us to think critically about some of the stories he read aloud, and the enthusiasm he brought to the lives of all of his students.If I were to become, in any small amount, as well thought of educator who loves their students as Mr. Pollard loved us, then I will be honoring his memory for years to come.


Vernon Beckett posted on 5/25/11

Rod was an inspiration to my family. All of my children went thru school with one or more of his chidren & I was a paperboy when I was 12 yrs. old to his family on 40th street. I knew Don, Rod, Gary, and his parents. They were a great family and good example to me when I was growing up.


Jessica Harris posted on 5/25/11

So few individuals touched my life as Mr. Pollard did in 6th grade. The individual attention he gave to us and his unique ways of teaching put him in a class by himself. Quite frankly, no teacher or professor I have studied under since ever quite measured up him. I remember fondly his lightning rounds of flash cards, the term we spent learning to balance checkbooks, the odd "down under" songs he sang (remember Jake the Pake) and his lovable obsession with Paul Harvey. I've never forgotten Mr. Pollard in the 30 or so years since he was my teacher and I mourn his passing. Godspeed to a remarkable man - his legacy lives on in all of us who were fortunate enough to have been his students.


Gary Harms posted on 5/24/11

My condolences on your family loss. His life touched and helped people that will carry on for generations.


Kent Anderson posted on 5/24/11

Andrea--Sorry for the loss of your father. I didn't become aware of his passing and services until it was past time to make arrangements to attend. I've always appreciated your friendship and hope you have many fond memories of your Dad to sustain you in the days ahead.--Kent Anderson


Paul Hepworth posted on 5/24/11

I have many fond memories of Mr. Pollard as my sixth-grade teacher: from the afternoon reading time (the Little Britches series was a favorite; the alternate ending he wrote for Rifles for Waite, too), to his passion for geography and history, even the funny way he pronounced "renaissance," the fun times running the after-school movies and roller-skating (with the tasty hot dogs and slushies), the model airplane class he taught (I remember his B-25 Mitchell well, and the fine details he helped me add to my Spitfire), to the personal interest he took in each student.Definitely one of my best teachers, he didn't just teach the required material; he inspired his students to always learn more, to try harder, and to reach for greatness.Though he has passed on, you can be assured that his influence lives on in the many, many student's he inspired and whose lives are the richer for knowing him.


Shannon Combe Myers posted on 5/24/11

Mr. Pollard was my all time favorite teacher. I still to this day love doing flash cards while competing with my own kids. You were an awesome teacher!! My best to your family.


Jim Taggart posted on 5/23/11

Nathan and Family,I'm sorry to hear of your loss. Your father is an inspiring man. You're in our prayers.Jim & Stephanie Taggart


Stephen Beckett posted on 5/23/11

Just wanted to let you know that we're thinking of you.Sincerely,Stephen and Family


Suzanne Mitchell posted on 5/23/11

Mr Pollard was a great teacher and inspired alot of students.


Marci Poll Christensen posted on 5/23/11

I can remember only a handful of teachers from Jr high and high school combined, but I can remember every book Mr. Pollard read to us out loud in 6th grade. Little Britches, Incident at Hawks Hill, The Rescuers, to name a few. His light was called "the eagle". I am a voracious reader, I even own a book store, and I truly believe I owe my love of books and reading to Mr. Pollard. He had a way of making you live in the story. I remember being so sad to leave 6th grade because I had to leave Mr. Pollard's class. I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that Mr. Pollard touched so many lives in a positive way. I have talked to many, many people in the last few days sharing wonderful memories of our classes with him. He is leaving a wonderful legacy behind him. I have told my children about him many times and have shared the above books with them and have turned them into readers as well. Thank you Mr. Pollard. For everything. You were awesome! Until we meet again. A student.


Van Chan posted on 5/23/11

Dear Brian and Family,I wanted to send my condolences for your loss. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.


Steve Wright posted on 5/23/11

Dear Brian and family,I enjoyed reading about your dad's life. I'm sure he was an amazing man. I greatly admire is lifetime devotion to teaching, especially at the elementary school level. It takes a special person and passion for teaching to make an entire career of it. It sounds like he made a lot of sacrifices to be able to do that including working many second jobs to provide for his family. I can only imagine the number of lives he touched for the better through his teaching. I notice that he was born a month to the day before my dad. I didn't realize they were so close in age. And I'm sure you told me (and I forgot) but I'm glad to see he married Mrs. Wright. I am very sorry for your loss and pray for the Lord's blessings of comfort to be with you and your family at this difficult time.Love,Steve


Angeline Tai posted on 5/23/11

"Those we love don’t go away,They walk beside us everyday,Unseen, unheard, but always near,Still loved, still missed and very dear."No one can truly know what you are experiencing in this time of loss. Please accept my condolences and know that you are in my thoughts.