July 18, 1930 – January 4, 2019
Melvin Patterson Polen passed away peacefully on January 4, 2019, at the Clyde W. Cosper Texas State Veterans Home in Bonham, Texas at the age of 88. Melvin was born on July 18, 1930, in Cambridge, Ohio, the son of Mary Irene Patterson and Lloyd Lewis Polen. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy after high school and served for 20 years, training as a Hospital Corpsman and qualifying in submarines. His distinguished service awards included a Korean Service Medal, Korean Presidential Unit Citation, National Defense Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Navy Occupation Service Medal, and several Good Conduct Medals. Following his military retirement, Melvin and his family moved to EL Paso, Texas, where Melvin worked for several automobile dealerships before returning to school to study accounting. He subsequently ran a thriving bookkeeping practice serving small businesses in the El Paso area. Melvin relocated to the Dallas/Ft. Worth area in the late 1970s, where he embarked upon a long and successful career in insurance sales. Melvin was a member of the Masonic Lodge for over 50 years and also was active in the Elk’s Lodge. He devoted much of his free time to these institutions, as well as to the U.S. Submarine Veterans, Inc. Dallas base. Melvin enjoyed traveling, sports, music, and dancing. He was also a history buff and particularly enjoyed visiting our nation’s capital. Melvin was known for his great sense of humor and always enjoyed making people laugh. He adored children and was also known for taking in many a stray pet. Melvin is survived by his daughters Danielle M. Polen, of Washington, D.C., Lisa M. Davidson, of Midway, Utah, Karen Hunsicker and Keely Scamperle, both of the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, his son Mark Polen, also of the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, and several grandchildren. Deceased, in addition to his parents, are a son, Jeffrey Polen, and two brothers, Lloyd and Arthur Polen. His marriages ended in divorce. Melvin’s family is extremely grateful to the entire team at the Clyde W. Cosper Texas State Veterans Home for their outstanding care, compassion, and professionalism—especially to the staff of the “D Wing.” A celebration of Melvin’s life will be held at Grove Hill Funeral Home, with visitation from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, January 7, 2019, and a Memorial Service on Tuesday, January 8, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Grove Hill Memorial Park. www.grove-hill.com, 3920 Samuell Blvd, Dallas, TX, 75228.
- Visitation Monday, January 7, 2019
- Funeral Service Tuesday, January 8, 2019
- Committal Service Tuesday, January 8, 2019
February 1, 2019
To family and friends of Melvin P. Polen, HMC(SS); on behalf of the United States Submarine Veterans - USSVI, please accept our sincere condolences at Melvin’s passing. You and your loved ones are in our thoughts and prayers. May you find kindness to warm you, sympathy to comfort you, and cherished memories to bring peace to your heart.
We are forever grateful for Melvin's service to our country in the United States Submarine service. Melvin served on the USS Jallao (SS-368), USS Skipjack (SSN-585), USS Piper (SS-409) and the USS Tusk (SS-426) To our Brother of the Phin we say, “Sailor, rest your oar. We have the watch.”
“Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way.” 2 Thessalonians 3:16.
Polen, Melvin P., HMC(SS), US Navy, now on Eternal Patrol -- Fair Winds and Following Seas to our departed shipmate. Melvin’s record is posted online in the Eternal Patrol file on the USSVI website.
Rev. Ray Fritz, EM1(SS) - Acting National Chaplain United States Submarine Veterans, USSVI and assistant Carolina Piedmont Base, USSVI (803-619-1121), Raysabode@bellsouth.net
January 7, 2019
Thank you lil sis for making this right!!
This photo is the family 30 years later.
25(+\-) years ago
January 7, 2019
Free Mason, Eola Lodge No. 207, Past Master
January 7, 2019
January 7, 2019
THIS is my dad. He was called "Pop" by his sons.
Dad was extremely proud of his 21+year Navy career. His last service in the Navy was as Master Chief Corpsman on submarines at the Naval Submarine Base in New London, CT where he was fondly known as "Doc" by all and a frequent guest to the Officer's Club. He loved to tell the story of his then-young son Mark eating multiple lobsters in one sitting, to the surprise and humor of the Officers and staff :) Dad continued his dedication to the military via his devoted service as the Chaplin of his local VFW for many years as well as ensuring proper burial service to hundreds of veterans as an Honor Guard participant (Navy Guard). Dad also was dedicated in his service as a Free Mason, where he was a past Master, Eola Lodge No. 207 (2001-2002). The man loved his baseball - having umped AAA ball and cheering on the NY Mets and later the Texas Rangers, for whom he held season tickets.
His very most favorite and loved picture was this one of his four children, Karen (deceased), Jeff (deceased), Mark and Keely. He was particularly fond of his surviving grandchildren Garrett, Jilianne and Kamryn, for whom he collected coins, memorabilia and shared much humor. He is survived by his remaining children (mentioned above). He is also survived by his eldest brother Lloyd's wife, Frances, and his older brother Arthur's wife, Arlene, for all of whom he had deep affection. He is preceded in death by his brothers Lloyd and Arthur, two children (mentioned) and grandchildren Hillary, Brynn and Chas. Godspeed, dad.