Sep 1, 1917 – Jun 3, 2013
He was born September 1, 1917, in Jerome, AZ. to John and Rosa Seguski Polish
He married Jerry Black Polish 7/19/41 in Ely, NV. They were proud parents of Michael (Patty) Polish, Dayton, NV; Betty Milobar, Green River, WY; Jeffery (Mary Ann) Polish, Elko, NV and Lisa Maes, Green River, WY.
Survivors include his four children, 18 grandchildren, 34 great grandchildren and 6 great-great grandchildren.
He lived in many mining camps in Nevada. His family settled in Yerington, NV where John completed grade and high school. He went on to UNR and lettered in track and football. John was known as “Ironman” at Yerington High School. A knee injury in his sophomore year at UNR prevented a career in professional sports but he continued to play football and track through his senior year with no ACL.
He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings; wife, Jerry; 2 grandchildren and one great grandchild.
He was a school teacher, coach and administrator for 32 years, teaching for two years in Yerington and the remainder in White Pine County. He actually never had a bad thing to say to or about anyone. He took great pride in coaching children and made sure all children got a chance to play and participate in all sports. He was a tough parent and had solid morals. He resided in Nevada for 89 years.
He was an accomplished athlete. He was inducted into the UNR Hall of Fame in 1974. He was inducted in March 1994, at the Nevada State Basketball Championships into the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association (NIAA) Hall of Fame as an outstanding participant in football, basketball and track 1933-1937. He was also inducted and selected as a Distinguished Yerington High School Graduate in May of 1994 and inducted into their Hall of Fame in 1994. There is an annual John Polish Day in honor of him. Yerington High School also gives out the annual “John Polish Award” to outstanding athletes each year in Football, Basketball and track and field. He retired after 32 years of service in the education field.
John didn’t stop with athletics as he aged; he participated in the Senior Olympics in Golf, Shotput and Discus starting in 2002 at age 87. He made it to the National competition in Pennsylvania, Kentucky and California where he medaled in Shotput and Discus.
He was a principal at East Ely, NV; Ruth, NV and McGill, NV. He also taught school at Ely Grade School and Yerington High School. He was elected as Assemblyman of White Pine and Lincoln County for 4 terms. He loved being a spokesman for all people.
He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
His main interests were his family and golf. He, at 95, golfed as often as he could and loved every minute of it.
Public Viewing will be held on Sunday, Jun 9, 2013, at 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Mountain Vista Chapel in Ely, NV.
Services will be held on Monday, Jun 10, 2013, at 11:00 a.m at the Ely LDS Stake Center at 900 Avenue E in Ely, NV.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your favorite charity.
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