Harold Dean Polf
Harold Dean Polf, known to most as Dean, passed away peacefully on his own terms on March 8, 2023.
Dean was born to Lee and Opal Polf on Feb. 28, 1938. God was first and foremost in his life, followed closely by family and many friends.
He joins his parents, siblings, wife, granddaughter and numerous friends.
He leaves behind his two children and their spouses, Glenn and Michele Polf, of California, and Corinna and John Lotter of Rhode Island. He also leaves his two beloved granddaughters, Emily and Holly Lotter.
Dean worked as an electronics technician at NAWS (China Lake) in Ridgecrest, Calif., where he was known for his numerous pranks on coworkers. He was enjoyed by those he worked with and stayed in touch with many of them. He was also an active member of the Inyokern Church of Christ while he lived there.
He retired to Los Lunas about 20 years ago. Being social, he made many friends and became an active member of the Bosque Farms Church of Christ. He enjoyed going for coffee with his coffee buddies most mornings, as well as helping fix as many projects as possible for his friends.
After retirement, he spent lots of time traveling with his companion, Becky McCain. Together, they enjoyed many trips and experiences. He would also visit Rhode Island to see his granddaughters, where he would spoil them at every opportunity.
Dean was the epitome of servitude. He loved doing for others and would often ask people to have projects lined up for him when he would visit them on his many travels. He was a selfless man and wouldn’t wait for holidays or birthdays to bless others with gifts.
While he was perhaps not known for being a foodie, no gathering was complete without a pot of Dean’s beans and/or a bowl of his pistachio pudding salad. Any leftover beans were usually turned into burritos. We were all amazed at how healthy he always was, despite his steady diet of potato chips, sweets and Coke.
At his request, he moved back to California into an assisted living facility in February. His stay was short, only 2 1/2 weeks once he got there. Dementia had taken hold of him and his body began to fail, but God never failed him. He was surrounded not only by his immediate family, but by the love of so many when he passed.
We are thankful for his devotion to God and family. He will be missed by many, but his legacy will live on.
A memorial celebration will be held at the Bosque Farms Church of Christ in New Mexico on June 3, 2023. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Bosque Farms Church of Christ or any of your favorite organizations in his name, if so desired.
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