Our loving wife, mother, grandmother and dear friend, JoAnn Jackson Polatis, passed away Monday, March 3, 2014, at her home in Thomas, Idaho, her favorite place to be.
She was born Oct. 8, 1936, in Thomas to Clarence Mark and Wilma Martin Jackson at the home of her grandparents. She attended school in the Snake River School District, graduating in 1955, the first class in the new high school, and attended Ricks College.
She married Daniel Tyler Polatis in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple on March 9, 1956. She was an amazing homemaker and made a wonderful home for her family. She loved to read, garden and cook.
Mom was always very active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in almost every auxiliary: Cub Scouting, Primary, Relief Society and Young Women.
She and her husband served in the Sydney Australia South Mission for 18 months from January 1996 to July 1997. They made many friends of diverse cultures that they taught and worked with as they served. They were especially loved by the youths, and many of them traveled back to Idaho to visit after they had returned home. They also served for nine years as ordinance workers in the Idaho Falls Temple.
She enjoyed her associations and friendships in Daughters of Utah Pioneers and served as an officer.
Her greatest joy in life was being a wife, mother and grandmother.
She is survived by her husband, Daniel Tyler Polatis; and her seven children, Dayna Ann (Dirk) Driscoll, Kirk Daniel (Judy) Polatis, Tyra Lee (Mark) Robinson, Clark Tyler (Mindy) Polatis, W. Rebecca Park, Mark Christian (Heather) Polatis and Danette (Bryce) Thompson; 34 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; her brother, Mark (Bonnie) Jackson; and her four sisters, Lyla (Gene) Hoskins, Linda (Larry) Shelton, Shana (Ted) Mickelsen and Kerry (Blaine) Benson.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Her life has been an incredible example of love, faith and devotion to her husband, family and friends. Many grandchildren remember the fun times of staying at her home, having heart-shaped whole-wheat waffles and giving them anything they wanted. Her friends always enjoyed visiting and hearing her unique laugh.
She was always willing to travel, but the place she loved best was her home, and we truly appreciate those who made it possible for her to be cared for there. They have devoted such tenderness, time and love.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 8, at the Thomas 3rd Ward LDS Chapel, 1059 W. 100 South, conducted by Bishop Lanny Ogden. A viewing will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, March 6, at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 S. Shilling Ave., and Saturday for one hour prior to services at the church. Interment will follow in Riverside-Thomas Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the family at con dolences@hawkerfuneral home.com.