Poul Steenild Moller
1925 - 2021
Poul Steenild Moller

Bermuda Dunes - Poul Steenild Moller passed away, peacefully, at home in Bermuda Dunes on June 8.

Poul was born in Randers, Denmark on July 29th 1925 to Knud and Inger Moller. Raised on a farm with his sister and brother, he then spent the early years of his youth in ranch management. Thoughts of adventures in a new world led him to the USA as a foreign exchange student in 1952 and, after returning to Denmark, he immediately sought emigration papers to the US.

After traveling and working in the Pacific Northwest and Northern California, he settled in Palm Desert in 1955, and in the summer of 1959 returned to Denmark for a visit. There he met his future bride Birgit (Schiellerup) on a blind date and they married that year in Copenhagen.

Having started a successful business in garden irrigation in 1955, the business grew to include landscaping, retail sales of sprinkler equipment, landscape maintenance and golf course irrigation. Poul was very proud to have been involved in the development of many of the valley's golf courses along with his friend Johnny Dawson. This included Thunderbird Country Club, Eldorado, Indian Wells Country Club, Seven Lakes, Marrakesh Country Club, Ironwood and Desert Horizons.

In 1973, to Poul's great pride, Moller's Garden Center opened; the nursery grew to become a very successful part of the business community in the Coachella Valley. In his later years, Poul loved his daily visits to the nursery, sharing stories with customers and staff alike. He continued his daily participation in running the nursery until age 87, although he had turned the business over to his children in the late nineties

On the few days Poul was not at work he enjoyed traveling the western United States and on occasion South America. Camping, boating, hunting and fishing were always on the itinerary.

Poul loved the Coachella Valley and was always ready to support community activities, having sponsored many baseball teams, soccer teams and high school graduation ceremonies in addition to the many local charities, especially those that included children's needs. For many years, Poul also served on the board of Bank of Indio (now California Bank and Trust). Poul became a US citizen in 1972 and faithfully voted until the last election.

Poul is survived by his wife of 62 years, Birgit; his daughter, Karen; his son, Erik; daughter-in-law, Marti; two grandchildren, Kyle and Erin; and his sweet dog, Sunny. His older sister Grete and many nieces and nephews are also in Denmark.

Services will be private

The family expresses their gratitude for the loving community at this time.

Published by The Desert Sun from Jun. 11 to Jun. 14, 2021.
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To the Family and Children of Mr. Moller: I am a transplant from NYC who ended up in the Desert. I fell in love with Moller's Garden Center upon arrival, and some days I would run into your Dad. He would give me tips on how often to fertilize, which roses would take off (see below), and which would be plagued by aphids in the spring. He was so personable and was a Human Google of the Plant World, he knew everything! Mr. Moller always extended a warm welcome and, I greatly enjoyed walking around the nursery with him. Your Dad's nursery is like a dream. Sending warm wishes to all of you. What a special man, and I'm so glad I had the chance to get to know him and learn from him. Shivaun
June 24, 2021
I met Mr.Moller as a young child.Remember going to the nursery with my father who had a landscape and gardening buisness.Always enjoyed seeing him and sharing his experience in gardening with my dad.Always lending a hand to those in need.As years past and i grew up i worked for the Moller family at the nursery.The first person i would see was Mr Moller with that cup of coffee in his hand ready to take on another day.His smile was touching and will never forget his great sense of humor.Thank you so much Mr.Moller for contributing to my childhood.You leave behind many memories.
Birgit,Erik,Karen,Marti and rest of family my deepest condolenses.May God give you the strength and courage to overcome your lose.Stay strong and the loving memories of Mr.Moller live in your hearts forever.
With love and sympothy,
Felix C.Cadenas Jr.
felix Cadenas Jr.
June 20, 2021
Carlyn & Robert Stonehill
June 17, 2021
I met Poul in 1976 when we first moved to this beautiful desert. He looked so stern but he was really a very funny man and I loved seeing him and talking with him at the garden center. I was fortunate to have known him. He will be missed.
Jackie Lester
June 15, 2021
Poul was a great man ,remember all the fishing and hunting trips
kim fincher
June 13, 2021
Poul was truly one in a million! He will be greatly missed by all of us who knew him as a longtime, loyal client of our financial institution. I
will always remember the first time I met him...he made me cry! He had given me a “hard time” about something I couldn’t even remember today if I tried. I hadn’t yet helped him enough times to learn that he was all bark and no bite. He got after me about something and I was too intimidated to see the Teddy Bear that lay hidden underneath his Grisly Bear facade! He became one of my favorite clients and I was blessed to enjoy his sense of humor, to behold his fiercely held opinions (on many varied topics) and I greatly admired his business acumen. He and Birgit were quite a team! My heartfelt prayers and my deepest sympathies go out to Birgit, Erik, Karen, Marti, his grandchildren Kyle and Erin and his pup Sunny. Thanks for always livening up my work days Mr. Moller.
Stephanie Oleson
June 11, 2021
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