Marvin Wayne PollockMarch 6, 1918 ~ December 3, 2017 (age 99)
Marvin Wayne Pollock, 99, of Broken Arrow, Ok died on December 3, 2017, at the VA Center in Clinton, OK. A celebration of his life will take place in Duncan, OK at a later date. Lawton Ritter Gray Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Wayne was born in Duncan, OK to Joseph Franklin Marvin Gaybard Pollock and Rachel Emma (Osborne) Pollock on March 6, 1918. He grew up in Duncan and graduated from Duncan High School in 1937. On May 22, 1937, his graduation day, he married Doris Ione Moore. They were married 65 years and had four children. Doris passed away in 2003 after a short bout with glioblastoma brain cancer.
In 1942, Wayne joined the US Army Air Corp and trained as a navigator, bombardier, and radar operator. After serving four years, he remained in the Air Force reserves, completing 20 years of service and retiring as Major MW Pollock. He also continued his love for flying and became a private pilot. He was extremely proud of his military service and expected his three sons to also serve, which they did.
Because of his pride in serving in the military and belief in giving to his country and community, he became very active and held offices in American Legion and VFW in Duncan and Stillwater. He extended his civic duties as a member of the Kiwanis Club in Duncan. Wayne also belonged to the First Christian Church, serving at times as treasurer and deacon.
Learning from his dad, he became a master carpenter and later began his own construction/contracting business. For thirty years in Duncan, he contracted and supervised numerous projects including additions at First Christian and First Methodist Churches, Lindley House, new construction of gymnasiums in Waurika and Chickasha, a movie theater and new apartments in Drumright, and countless remodels or renovations. In 1967, he took a position in the architect’s office at Oklahoma State University supervising construction projects on campus. In 1975, he took a position with HTB construction in Tulsa and retired with this company at age 70. He then enjoyed do-se-do’n in three square dance clubs in Tulsa.
Wayne was preceded in death by his wife, Doris, and one son Gerald who was killed by a drunk driver. All his siblings Grady Pollock, Bessie Keck, Ruth Dillingham, Mamie Goldston, and Margie Burmingham preceded him in death.
Survivors include his children Larry Pollock of Lawton, OK; Jimmy Pollock and his wife Cherry of Leander, TX; and Linda Smith and her husband Frank of Stillwater, OK. Six grandchildren: Jeremy Pollock of Houston, TX; Julie Versey of Houston, TX; Amy Allen, Liberty Hill, TX; Angie McCormick of Leander, TX; Kathleen Flowers and Toby of Norman, OK; Sarah Schooley of Tulsa, OK. Twelve great-grandchildren Kain Pollock, Phoenix Richard, Hayden Versey, Chance Versey, and Trinity Versey; Kyle Allen, Katie Allen, Lylia Soliz, Tyler McCormick, Dylan LaCaze; Owen Flowers and Gabe Flowers.
Wayne had a full life, and when he passed away, he was in relatively good health. When asked his secret to good health, he always said, “I never smoked. I never drank.” However, for the last eight years, he was a victim of Alzheimer’s.
Contributions may be sent in his memory to the Alzheimer’s Organization.