Charles Burl "Buck" Pollet


(Aug. 23, 2005)

Funeral services were conducted Monday, Aug. 29 in the Byron LDS Chapel for Charles Burl (Buck) Pollet, who died Tuesday, Aug. 23 at the Powell Valley Care Center. He was 91.

He had been a resident at the nursing home for the last two years after suffering a broken hip.

He was born near Luther, Okla., on Dec. 12, 1913, to Charles "Charlie" Loften and Sarah Ellen "Ella" Clark Pollet. He was the baby of the family of 8eightchildren, all of whom preceded him in death.

In 1924, when he was only 10, his mother passed away, leaving Charlie to continue on alone with the big family. Some of the older children would look after Buck and helped him attain some education. As the oilfields were flourishing in Oklahoma during those years, it was natural that many of the family members would seek employment in that field.

Charlie, Buck and several of his brothers and brothers-in-law worked in the "patch" from time to time. Always a wanderer at heart, when the rigs moved north, some of the brothers and their buddies came north also.

Buck came to Wyoming, settling in Lyman. He soon was introduced to a beautiful redhead, who became the love of his life. Mary "Naomi" Wilson Felix, became his wife on March 14, 1945 in Ely, Nev. She was a young widow and brought two sons into the family that became very dear to Buck. Wilson J Felix (Helen Rich) and Jerry D. Felix (Flo) were the beginning of the new family. Buck and Naomi's first son was stillborn and called Pete. Next came Christy Ellen (John Petrich), Jicki Val (Mike Brown), and Charles Burl "Chuck" Jr. (Gloria Vice).

Working for many companies through the years, including Manning, Brinkerhoff, Barnhart, Loffland Brothers, True Drilling & Gordon Engineering, they moved throughout the Rocky Mountain area, following the "booms."

They both loved to travel, sing and dance when time allowed. Home base was always in Mountain View in southwest Wyoming. In later years they settled there. They operated a cafe for a time and Buck also worked for the town of Mountain View for a while.

As they began to have some health concerns and wanted to be nearer some of the family, they relocated to Powell about 14 years ago. Buck and Naomi were members of the LDS Church and enjoyed traveling to many of the temples.

Naomi preceded him in death on Mat 26,2004. Also preceding him in death were a daughter-in-law, Gladys Felix; and grandson, Jerry B. Tanner.

In addition to his children, he is survived by 16 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.