Loel Franklin Polley passed away in his sleep during the early morning hours of Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012. He was 74.
According to his wishes, no memorial service will be held.
Loel was born on Jan. 27, 1938, in Napa, Calif., to Lowell Martin Polley and Della Estella (Hunt) Polley. His family tree — filled with many aunts, uncles and cousins — branched out from Lake County where his family roots began in Nevada City or “God’s Country” as he often referred to Nevada County.
He graduated from Nevada Union High School in 1956 and married Avaline A. Anderson on May 21, 1960. Soon after, he joined the Air Force Reserves and served as a medic at Mather Air Force Base.
For 32 years, he made his career with the California Department of Forestry as a captain at the Nevada City station. He also worked in real estate as both a salesperson and a broker for 35 years.
He loved the outdoors and being with friends and family. He fished with his son Craig and grandson Adam, built birdhouses with his granddaughter Ava, played board games with his granddaughter Aneka, and attended Masonic dinners with his son-in-law Brett.
He was a member of the Roses Bar/Madison Masonic Lodge in Grass Valley for 50 years. He was loved by many and will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his wife, Avaline Anderson Polley; daughter, Paige (Deedee) Torgrimson; son-in-law, Brett Torgrimson; son, Craig Polley; daughter-in-law, Sue Polley; and grandchildren, Aneka Qing Torgrimson, 9, Avaline (Ava) NaYang Torgrimson, 5, and Adam Allen Polley, 4.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children — Defy the Odds Donation, P.O. Box 31356, Tampa, FL 33631.