Elgin Darell Polk

August 14, 1947 — March 23, 2024

Elgin Darell Polk, 76, died March 23, 2024, in Post Falls, Idaho.

Darell was born on August 14, 1947, in Lawrenceville, Illinois, to Howard Weslie Polk and Anna Starlene (Morris) Polk. 

He grew up in Illinois, graduating in 1965 from Robinson High School. He attended one year of college at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois, before enlisting in the Navy in 1967. He served in the Navy for 10 years and the Navy Reserve for 13½ years, becoming a senior chief petty officer.

In September 1967, he married Sandra Kay Pine. Together they had three children, Evelyn Michelle, Elgin Darell Jr. ”Butch” now know as Randy Pine and Christina Cassandra. The marriage ended in divorce in 1988. 

He later married Sharon Ferguson of Byron, which also ended in divorce after six years.

After the regular Navy, Darell worked as a journeyman electrician for Georgia-Pacific wall board plant in Lovell for 17 years. 

He then moved to Casper, where he worked as a service electrician and construction electrician. While in Casper, he met Sharon Lynn (Doss) Keener online on a Christian chatroom. She was in Anchorage, Alaska. After four months of paying $400 phone bills, Darell flew to Kenai, Alaska, on December 26. 

There in the airport he asked Sharon to marry him. They were married in her mother and stepdad’s home on December 31, 1998, in Nikiski, Alaska. They flew back to Wyoming two days later. They lived in Casper for 17 years.  They celebrated their 25th anniversary last December.

Darell was a member of Casper First Assembly of God Church, where he served on the board. He was also the greeter, knowing almost every person in the church by name. He witnessed and ministered at his local gas station, many times just stopping by for the free Diet Coke the employees made sure he got and praying for the needs of the employees.

Darell and Sharon moved to Post Falls in October 2015, mostly for Sharon’s health and to be closer to her mother living in Missoula, Montana. 

They became members of Northwest Family Church a few years ago, usually attending at the North Campus. Darell met with several other men from church at Gross Donuts on Thursday mornings. They enjoyed their time solving the world’s problems, eating donuts and drinking coffee.

Darell loved the outdoors. He enjoyed hunting deer, antelope, elk and moose. He also liked fishing for trout and was able to go fishing in Alaska on a charter, where he caught his first halibut. 

He grew up with southern gospel and country music and enjoyed playing his guitar and singing.

He was also an avid rockhound. He and Sharon collected a lot of rocks. They brought them home, washed them off, cut them open and sliced them up, revealing the beauty God hid. Then they shaped them, polished them and set them in jewelry. Darell likened it to what God does to us. He picks us up, washes the dirt off and slices and trims off what shouldn’t be there. Then He shapes us and polishes us up to make us beautiful and useful. Darell had a collection of belt buckles and bolo ties made with the rocks he found.

Darell was a very godly, friendly man. He had an infectious belly laugh, which made others laugh, too. He is greatly missed. Whenever asked what he wanted for any meal, he always answered, “chocolate cake” with a big grin on his face. Bald and bearded, he loved life, family and friends, but mostly he loved the Lord Jesus.

Darell was preceded in death by his parents. 

He is survived by his wife, Sharon Lynn Polk; children Evelyn of Oblong, Illinois, Butch of Worland and Christina of Robinson; grandchildren Taylor and Jesse Pine; sister Teressa (Elwood) Ennis of Lovell; nephew Tyler (Tanéa) Ennis and their daughter Sadie of Lovell; niece Tess (Jeff) Peterson and their two sons Landen and Breck of Lovell; mother-in-law Marna Konzek of Rathdrum, Idaho; stepson Ed Keener of Fayetteville, Arkansas, and his daughter Natalie of Sea-Tac, Washington, stepdaughter Marna (Justin) Noland of Garfield, Arkansas, and her children Amber Smith of Fayetteville and James Gray of Garfield; and brothers-in-law Dennis (Cathy) Doss of Ocean View, Hawaii, and Robert (Jecel) Doss of Nikiski.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 25, at Northwest Family Church in Post Falls, Idaho.

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