David Anton Pollard


(Jan. 25, 2008)

David Anton Pollard, 74, executive director of the Powell Medical Foundation, died Friday, Jan. 25 at the Powell Valley Hospital.He was born April 16, 1933, in Schuyler, Neb.  He had been a resident of Powell since 2003 when he came to work as the lead fundraiser for the medical foundation.

During his time in Powell, he participated in and helped to organize several community projects, including the Gihon Project, an interdenominational charity in which parishioners donated money to assist with medical expenses for those in financial need. He also assisted with the establishment of the free medical clinic which is coming into being in Powell.

Before moving to Wyoming, David dedicated most of his life to working for the Catholic Church. An ordained Franciscan priest, he took leave of the priesthood and worked for many years as the director of Catholic Charities and as a lobbyist for the Catholic Bishops of California.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Ann of Powell; his children, John Pollard of Quebec, Canada, and Rachel Pollard of Waukeshaw, Wisc.; his sister, Leona, and brothers, Jack, Ron and Tony.

Vigil will be Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m., with funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 31 at St. Barbara’s Catholic Church. A reception will follow. Thompson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.