Gerald Harrison Polk (Jerry) was born in Akron, Ohio on June 28, 1942 to Harrison Adam Polk (Deceased) and Lois Colleen Polk (Deceased). Jerry died in Palm Desert, CA on December 31, 2020 of complications from mesothelioma.
Jerry is survived by his five children – daughters Gerilee, Dana (Xavier) Urquiza, Angela (Paul) Cleaver, and sons Jared and Ryan; granddaughters Peyton and Olivia; grandsons Dylan, Jackson, Xavier, Ryan, Hunter and Harlow; brother Paul; girlfriend Roxanne Reed; and numerous nieces and nephews. All of whom he loved so very much and could do no wrong in his eyes.
Jerry had a successful career in the newspaper industry. Starting as an apprentice printer at the Akron Beacon Journal, he rose through the management ranks at the Akron Beacon Journal, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Long Beach Press Telegram, the Denver Post, and the San Jose Mercury News where he retired as Vice President of Production. In retirement Jerry worked for a while for the Investor's Business Daily in Santa Monica in charge of production and with close friend Pete Medina brokering printing equipment.
An avid golfer, Jerry finally moved to the Oasis Country Club in Palm Desert, CA where he was a fixture in the men's club.
"Say not in grief 'he is no more' but in thankfulness that he was."
We will miss you every day, Dad.
No services are planned at this time. Donations in Jerry's name to the American Cancer Society would be appreciated.
Published in Palos Verdes Peninsula News on Feb. 25, 2021.