Art L. Pollard, 61, of Commerce City, passed away October 2, 2019 in Brighton CO surrounded by his family. Art was born November 13, 1957, in Denver, CO, to Arthur L. and Philomena “Minnie” (Schenfeld) Pollard.
He leaves behind his mother Minnie Norton, siblings Bill Pollard, Larry (Angela) Pollard, Donnie Pollard, Stephanie Pollard, nephews Kalen Pollard, Luke Pollard, Grant (Jasmin) Pollard, and Seth Pollard, nieces Jennifer Pollard, Lynnette Pollard and Abby Pollard as well as a number of other relatives and friends.
He is preceded in death by his sister Linda Pollard, grandparents Jack and Beth Pollard, Stephen and Catherine Schenfeld, father Arthur L. Pollard and his step-father Dennis L. Norton.
In his early years, Art grew up and attended schools in Pueblo and Brighton Colorado. His first job at the age of 16 was at Hales Super market in Brighton stocking shelves and bagging groceries. He also worked for a time at the Great Western Sugar Factory before moving on to a tree-trimming job for TSI. Not long after this he began a nearly forty-year career at REA / United Power as a lineman. For a time he also was a volunteer firefighter / EMT for the City of Fort Lupton CO.
From his early adult years Art had a love for horses and yearned to have a place in the country where he could own livestock and get away from the crowded city. This dream eventually came to fruition when he purchased a few acres in unincorporated Adams County and it was there that he remained until his passing. Over the years he obtained a number of horses, sheep, cattle, chickens, a turkey, dogs, at least one cat and all the various equipment needed to operate his place. It was a place that he helped raise his nieces, nephews and any other youngster that would come along as he worked to influence them in the all the nuances of caring for livestock, the farm / ranch life and living in the country. It was during these times with these young city kids that he would get to point of frustration at their lack of knowledge and abilities and bark out his well-used phrase “didn’t they teach you these things in school?”
Art was a man of many talents and abilities who worked hard, dreamed big, and would never consider the option of quitting. Known for his strong opinions and ways of doing things, that is, it was either his way or you were simply doing it all wrong. Although not known to have a soft-side, he was constantly looking for ways to help someone in their time of need, and was an extremely giving individual of his time and resources. He found it difficult and outside of his comfort zone to be affectionate, yet he loved his family, and friends as demonstrated in the many kind deeds and acts performed for them.
Artie will be missed greatly by those who knew and loved him.
A memorial service will be held at Tabor-Rice Funeral Home in Brighton, CO on October 17, 2019 at 11:00 am. A reception will be held immediately after the service at the Alli Event Center 100 S. 3rd Ave. in Brighton, CO.
Tabor-Rice Funeral Home in Brighton handled the arrangements.