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Hazen & Jaeger Valley Funeral Home

1306 North Pines Road, Spokane Valley, WA

OBITUARY

Daniel Leigh Polster

March 17, 1955August 5, 2019
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Dan Polster, of Medical Lake, WA, passed away unexpectedly on August 5, 2019.

Dan was 64 and passed while enjoying a beautiful day with the love of his life, his wife Laurie Polster, at their home. A native of Claremont, CA, Dan worked as a Budweiser mechanic where began his auto body painting apprenticeship. Dan began his drag racing career at Pomona Winternational Speedway. He moved to Spokane in 1978, where he ran a resort at Cussick, then worked for the Dept. of Natural Resources. In the early 80s he started working at D&D Auto Body where he perfected his auto body paint and refinishing craft. He was hired on his merits as an auto body paint specialist at Spokane Community College in 1985. He received his tenure that first year and taught in the Automotive Refinishing Dept. for another 26 years. He retired in 2012 and began a love/hate relationship with golf and travelled nationally and internationally with his wife. Dan continued drag racing at Spokane Raceway Park up to two weeks prior to his passing. He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Laurie (Ricard/Hoover) Polster, children Ryan (Nicole) Hoover, Carrie Hoover, and three grandsons. He is also survived by his sisters Carol (Bill) Christiansen, Sharon (Gene) Orr, and Lori (Kraig) Hustad, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents Ernest and Jean Polster, and his ex-wife Carol (Revard) Polster. A visitation will be held Sunday, August 11th, 4-8pm, at Hazen & Jaeger Valley Funeral Home, 1306 N Pines Rd, Spokane Valley, WA. The funeral service will be at 1pm on Monday, August 12th, at the funeral home. A celebration of his life will follow at “Dan’s Cave” in Medical Lake. In lieu of flowers, donations can be mailed to the Community Colleges of Spokane (check written to “CCS Foundation”), memo line “Dan Polster Scholarship.” These funds will help students in the Automotive Paint and Refinishing program.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Ryan Hoover, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Bill Christiansen, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Gene Orr, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Kraig Hustad, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Jory Hustad, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Taylor Hustad, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Mike Lewis, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Larry Parks, Honorary Pallbearer

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, August 11, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, August 12, 2019

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Julie Langenheim

August 14, 2019

Julie Langenheim

August 14, 2019

Julie Langenheim

August 14, 2019

Julie Langenheim

August 14, 2019

Kevin Sprague

August 12, 2019

I met Dan the winter of 87, I had just gotten out of the army and came to Spokane to look for work. I stopped by SCC to inquire about the autobody program and the front desk person said the paint instructor was there. She introduced me to him and he became the first friend I made in Spokane. He was a great instructor and he will me missed. My condolences to his wife and family.

Michael Langenheim

August 12, 2019

Too many great memories with Dan, but one that was special and not many would know...in June of 1994 Dan and I spent and epic weekend driving to Vancouver BC to see Pink Floyd in concert. We spent the first night in Bellevue, WA and went to a local watering hole for refreshments. We soon were engaged in a dart match for drinks with some locals. In typical Dan fashion, having never thrown darts before, he lines up and starts nailing bullseyes! We drank free all night and still made it to the concert the next day. Best concert we had ever seen. RIP brother, shine on you crazy diamond.

Julie Langenheim

August 12, 2019

We have known Dan for many many years and to pick out one or two memories to share is just too hard. When Dan met Laurie he immediately fell in love with her and soon they were inseparable. Over the last 25 years Mike and I have done so many things with Dan & Laurie and went on so many vacations. When I look back at pictures I always see Dan's grin and that he and Laurie were always holding hands or touching each other. True love is hard to find and I'm so happy Dan & Laurie found each other. My heart aches for Laurie and all that knew and loved him. We do miss him so much already. We are all better people because Dan shared his life with us. Love you Dan. See you on the other side.

Jack Rountree

August 11, 2019

Laurie and family- our sincere regrets for the loss of Dan. I have many fond memories of the time spent working on many projects. One a 1954 pedal car to this day adorns our kitchen. A good man with unbelievable talents.
God bless
Karen and Jack Rountree

Karla Stokley

August 11, 2019

It was just 3 weeks ago Dan and Laurie were here in Ohio for my retirement party. Dan was so full of life and we had so much fun. Dan and Laurie were each others 'PERSON' and their relantionship was just destined to be. He was a man that others were inspired to be like. Dan will be missed so much and we love him. May he rest in peace.
Karla

Ryan Hoover

August 10, 2019

I never really worked up to calling Dan Dad. I think I felt that term needed to be reserved for one person, especially while my dad Lee was still with us. When Lee passed way too early in 2009 at 57 years old, my devastation was overwhelming. And Dan was there. For anything and everything, he was always there. Dan wasnt my Dad, but he was there for all the needs I could rely on from a man I trusted, loved, and looked up to. My relationship with him was easy. He knew he didnt need to be somebody I called Dad. He knew he had all the respect and love I had to give without that. From day one, when my Mom told me he was a gearhead, there was an instant bond. When I grew to know him more and found we both loved electronic gizmos,building things, and enjoying a good conspiracy theory. I will always be envious of his skill as a craftsman, mechanic, and artist. I would have loved so much to spend more days with him in his cave, but he was too busy doing some awesome living somewhere amazing with my Mom. Boy did they do some living together! I hurt so much for my Momma. They were the best of friends and were inseparable. He will be greatly missed every day. Thanks to everyone sharing here. Please please please, throw up a pic and a story for us. My love to all shattered by this tremendous loss.

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