James Vincent Pollard


August 18, 1969 - October 6, 2008




James Vincent Pollard was born August 18, 1969 in Mitchell, SD to John A. and Helen (Rossman) Pollard.  He graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1987. He attended Dakota State College in Madison, SD and graduated from St. Phillips Community College for nursing in San Antonio, TX.  He was a member of the South Dakota Army National Guard and served in the US Army for fourteen years. He did one tour of active duty to Iraq and three tours as a civilian contractor to Iraq. He was presently employed as a system engineer for Northrop Grumman in Texas. He married Sarah Regina Manning in San Antonio, TX. He enjoyed the time spent hunting and fishing with his two sons, family and friends.  He was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Gatesville.

 He is survived by his wife, Sarah; two sons, Cody and Brandon; his parents, John and Helen of Mount Vernon, SD; four sisters: Kathryn Deibert of Sioux Falls, SD, Carol Hoogestraat and husband, Cal of Rapid City, SD, Lori Leader and husband, Joe of Crofton, NE and Barbara Boyer and husband, Travis of Brookings, SD; three brothers, John J. Pollard and wife, Sharon of Fargo, ND, Daniel Pollard of Mount Vernon, SD, Bruce Pollard and wife, Kathy of Garretson, SD and numerous nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Joe and Laura Pollard and Edward and Catherine Rossman.

Memorials may be made to Saint Jude's Hospital.



Friday, October 10, 2008
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
Scripture Service ~ 7:00 PM
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Saturday, October 11, 2008
10:30 AM
Saint John's Catholic Church
209 East 3rd Street
Plankinton, South Dakota


Mount Vernon Cemetery
Mount Vernon, South Dakota

Posted by Bart Motley on October 17, 2008
James' was a great friend and a great person and we will all miss him greatly. I know I have only known James for the last year and a half but during that time it felt like I had always known James. He always came down to El Paso with a smile. Like most people not unless you’re from El Paso know one comes here with a smile but James’ did whenever the team needed him no questions asked. One time we worked for 24hrs straight on a networking problem, he would never give up until he got it right. I believe he did that in everything he did in his life. It was an honor to know James and to be able to work with him. He taught me so much in the short time that I knew him as I am sure he did with everyone he knew. Sometimes when he came down to Ft Bliss and we worked over the weekend I would invite him out and we would go shooting at the range to get away from the stress of work and that is where he helped me to teach my youngest son Thomas to shoot his first 22 rifle. That meant allot to me and to my son. I still can't believe I will never see him again.
James maybe gone but he will never be forgotten.

Please accept our sincerest condolences to Sarah and Cody and Brandon and the entire Pollard Family

Bart, Jennifer, Natasha, Thomas and Maddie
Posted by Aslin Family on October 13, 2008
Our thoughts, love, and prayers are with you at this time.
Posted by The Grmela Family on October 12, 2008
To the Pollard Family - We want to send our condolences to the entire family but especially to Cody and Brandon. Be strong - remember the Lord is looking after you! I know that it is hard for you to imagine that right now but things have a way of working out the way they are supposed to. Please know that everyone who knew you and your Daddy at Church is keeping you in their prayers.
Posted by Johnny and Ginny Moreno, Micaela and John Austin on October 11, 2008
Our deepest sympathies and prayers are with your family. May God surround you with his peace and comfort in this difficult time.
Posted by Jodi DeGooyer on October 10, 2008
My sympathy to the Pollard family. There was never a dull moment when Pollard was around.
Posted by Kirk Shuron and Family on October 10, 2008
We want to send our condolences out to the James Pollard family. He was a good person and a good friend. Though we didn't see each other that often, we always had a friendly conversation when our paths crossed. I've always known him to be a pleasant relaxed person with a positive attitude. He will surely be missed.
Posted by Kevin Knight on October 10, 2008
I just wanted to let the family of James know that he will be missed greatly. I knew James in college and while I lost track of him since that time, I knew that he was going to be well-respected by all that knew him.
Please accept my deepest sympathies during this time of heartache. James will be missed by all that knew him, but the memories will live on forever.
Posted by Jacqueline Harp on October 10, 2008
My deepest sympathy to the Pollard family. James will be miss by his co-workers at Northrop Grumman.
Posted by Andrea Frediani on October 10, 2008
Although I only knew James for a year, I can honestly say I have not one bad memory of him. He was the guy who always noticed if you weren’t your ‘normal’ self and went out of his way to say something to try to perk you up. He was never afraid to share his opinion but did it in ways that made you pay attention. He was the man who, when agitated or angry or frustrated, still maintained his composure. Don’t get me wrong – you knew how he felt and what he thought – but he wasn’t harsh or demeaning. Whenever I thought of James in the past and whenever I think of him in the future, I will think of Hagar The Horrible with a sly grin and self-depreciating, slightly sarcastic sense of humor. James was one of a kind - a great person who is greatly missed but will never be forgotten. The world is worse off for having lost him but those who knew him will always be better off for having been graced with his presence and the memories they can hold in their hearts. My deepest sympathies to all of his family and friends for their loss.
Posted by Kathy Bytnar on October 9, 2008
I received an email from Hope Andal regarding the loss of James. I haven't spoken to him since college but I remember how much he use to make me laugh. My condolences to the entire Pollard family from a friend from the past.
Posted by John Palmer on October 9, 2008
I was deeply saddened to hear about the death of James Pollard. I know how difficult this must be for you and your family. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

James was such a kind, gentle, and caring soul. He would do anything to help someone in need. James and I exchanged email quite often in the course of our daily work. We both share the same initials and often would sign with the same "JP". So, when we would email each other, I would call him "P" and he would call me "J".

I know how much you will miss "J". May God bless you and your family during this time and always,

John Palmer
Posted by Sean and Diane Redfearn on October 9, 2008
So sorry about your loss. We will miss James very much.
Kempner, TX
Posted by Roy 7 Therese McKillop on October 9, 2008
Our deepest condolences to the family. james and I served in Iraq together. I will miss him!!!
Posted by Gary & Ruth Leis on October 9, 2008
Our deepest sympathies are with you r family during this difficult time. My God be with each of you and provide his love and support.

Gary & Ruth Leis
Henderson, NV

Posted by Scott & Hope Andal on October 9, 2008
We want to send our condolences out to the James Pollard family. He was a great friend of ours in college and after. He will be greatly missed in our hearts.
Posted by Lonnie and Mandy Robinson on October 9, 2008
Our condolences go out to the entire Pollard family. James was a great friend and an even better person who will be missed greatly by all who knew him.
Posted by Scott & Hope Andal on October 9, 2008
We want to send our condolences out to the James Pollard family. He was a great friend of ours in college and after. He will be greatly missed in our hearts.
Posted by Diana (Schoenfelder) Grosz on October 9, 2008
Uncle John and Aunt Helen,
Thinking of you and your family.
My deepest condolences.
Diana Grosz
Arvada, CO
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