Norman Polly

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Norman Polly Norman Robert Polly was born October 16, 1922, in Lemon Cove, and passed away of Pneumonia on October 12, 2013 after a long & full life. Growing up in the Lemon Cove areas close to the river, Norman became an excellent swimmer, and enjoyed many hours with his friends at McKay's Point, Terminus, and Slick Rock. His mother cooked for the work crews at the Marks Ranch, and he never grew tired of his mother's fried chicken, mashed potatoes, and gravy. After attending Lemon Cove Elementary School, he graduated from Exeter High School in 1940 and College of the Sequoias in 1942. Norman then joined the U.S. Navy in October 1942 and served in the South Pacific during World War II aboard the USS Iowa, USS San Diego, and USS Duluth. He survived Halsey's Typhoon, and was aboard the USS Missouri as part of the delegation that accepted the formal surrender of Japan. He was also one of the first 20 Americans to land on the Japanese mainland after the surrender. Norman and Jean Wolfsen were married in March 1945, and started a citrus ranch on property in Lindcove. They had two sons, James and Richard. Following Jean's death in 1965, Norman and Marion Runciman were married in 1966, and moved back to Lemon Cove. After being discharged from the Navy in November 1945, Norman began working with the California Department of Employment (now called Employment Development Department) in Visalia, and transferred to the Porterville office where he worked his way up to manager of the office serving in Porterville for 28 years. During his years in Porterville, he was a member of the Chamber of Commerce and served as chairman of the Industrial Committee. He was also a member of Rotary Club and received the Paul Harris Award for Outstanding Service. During his tenure, the office helped Porterville improve its economic prosperity and attract investment in both industry and agriculture. Norman was a member of Sunkist Growers since 1947 and was proud to be a long-time member of the Sierra Citrus Association marketing cooperative in Lindsay. He was a member of the Lemon Cove Presbyterian Church, and after recently moving to Visalia attended the First Christian Church. After his retirement, Norman and Marion enjoyed traveling, to Ireland, Scotland, England, Russia, Hawaii, Israel, and Turkey. They had many friends, and often hosted gatherings at their home. After Marion's death, Norman continued to travel, mostly to visit family in Arizona and Northern California, and often entertained at home. Fridays were special, when he would be found having lunch with a group of close friends at Ann Lang's Emporium in Three Rivers. He also loved to garden and was very proud of the beautifully landscaped yard he and Marion established at Lemon Cove. He loved to give away flowers & citrus that he grew. He could be found appreciating the groves & watering his beloved plants right up until the last few months. Norman was preceded in death by his parents, Bert and Ella Polly, brothers Raymond and Orval Polly, sister Pearl, stepson Jere Runciman, wife Jean, and wife Marion. He is survived by Jim and Carolyn Polly of McKinleyville, Richard and Mary Polly of Tucson, stepdaughter and son-in-law Martha and Jim Mosely of Visalia, grandchildren Sam (Flor) Polly, Mary (Cliff) Hillier, Jon Polly, Stacy Polly, and 12 great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at the First Christian Church of Visalia, 1023 N. Chinowth, Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Lemon Cove, P.O. Box 44348, Lemon Cove, CA 93244; or to the First Christian Church of Visalia, 1023 N. Chinowth, Visalia, 93291. Arrangements by Smith Family Chapel, Exeter. Condolences: www.smithfamilychapel.com

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Published in Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Adv-Register on Oct. 16, 2013
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