Obituary for Dennis L. Pollat
UPTON – Dennis Lee Pollat, 80, was welcomed by the Lord Jesus in heaven on November 11, 2021. He was born on July 7, 1941, in Rapid City, South Dakota, shortly after his twin brother, Ken Pollat. They were born to parents Melvin & Betty (George) Pollat and joined twin sisters Betty Ann and Nancy Ann, who were 17 months old at the time. He grew up on the ranch south of Upton and graduated from Upton High School in 1959. Dennis worked at American Colloid for a few years until he and Ken joined the United States Navy in 1963. They were both Aviation Electronics Technicians and served on the aircraft carriers Ranger, Enterprise, and Hancock. They served in the naval buddy system until 1967, which allowed them to always be stationed together. After his honorable discharge, Dennis worked for the same oil company throughout his entire career (although that company changed hands/names: Terra Resources, Hunt, Pacific Enterprises). He began work in the Upton area and later moved into managerial positions in Casper from the early 1970s until retirement. His reliability, attention to detail, and outstanding work ethic made him an excellent employee. Dennis and Ken enjoyed travelling to car shows around the area. They were fond of Hot August Nights in Reno, and, in more recent years, they appreciated Kool Deadwood Nites. They purchased a 1962 Thunderbird Sports Roadster in 2006 which they enjoyed sharing at Carson Rose’s Classic Show & Shine in Upton City Park. This was a favorite annual event for both Ken and Dennis. Dennis enjoyed classic cars, garage-saling, and finding a bargain. He valued spending time with family and friends, especially his brother Ken. Family holiday dinners and celebrations were always cherished. As Dennis’ health declined this past year, Ken watched over him, and they were together constantly from Easter until Labor Day when poor health necessitated him being cared for in health facilities in Casper. Jesus saw fit for him to return to full health in heaven. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Nancy Kokesh, nephew Bob Honey, nephew Marvin Kokesh, and many extended family members. He is survived by his twin brother Ken Pollat and sister Betty Ann Honey (Harold), brother-in-law Don Kokesh (Barbara), many nephews and nieces and their families, as well as a large extended family. A memorial service for Dennis will be on Friday, November 19 at 2pm at the Upton Community Center with Pastor Randy Fowler officiating. Burial will follow at the Upton Greenwood Cemetery. Please plan to join the family after the service for fellowship and a luncheon at the Community Center. Memorial contributions may be made to the Upton Volunteer Fire Department or Upton First Baptist Church. Memorials and condolences may be sent in care of Meridian Mortuary, 111 South Railroad Ave, Newcastle, WY 82701.