PRICE, UTAH-Arthur Poloni, 82, beloved husband, father and grandfather, died March 29, 2009 at his home after an extended illness.
Art was born Aug.19, 1926 in Rains (a coal camp in Carbon County), Utah to Bernardo Giovanni and Julia Citerio Poloni. Art married Phyllis Rowley on May 3, 1948 in Huntington, Utah. They were happily married for 60 years. They would have celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary in May.
Art lived his life in Carbon County. He graduated from Carbon High School and attended Carbon College where he played basketball.
He was a member of the Price Elk's Lodge 1550. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Art was a hard worker. He was self-employed as a young man. He enjoyed driving a school bus, working as a police officer, and finally serving as the Chief of the Price City Police force. Art was a licensed polygraph operator. He graduated from the Baxter School of Lie Detection in New York City. He also worked as a security officer for Beaver Creek Coal Company.
Art's hobbies included fly fishing, tying flies for family and friends; hunting deer, rabbits, and pheasants; and bowling. Art was a true sports fan, annually he hosted the family Super Bowl party. His favorite pastime was spending time with his family at his cabin. What a treat it was to watch Art interact with his grandchildren. He loved watching his grandchildren play sports and perform music. He was a model grandfather, full of fun and laughter, always had a treat for the grandchildren when they were young, and was proud of their accomplishments as they grew older. He loved music and left a legacy of great "old-time" music in the hearts and souls of the grandchildren.
Art was a living example of service in the way he cared for and helped others. As a police officer he was always interested in bringing the disadvantaged home. He went out of his way to assist those who needed help. Art was a Christian model in his willingness to give away what he had if he thought you might need it. If he was fishing and having success he was more than willing to give the neighboring fisherman his fly if he thought it would help him catch a fish. When Art finally bought a fairly heavy-duty four-wheel drive truck his generosity blossomed. There is no end to the number of stuck campers, hunters, and fishermen who were pulled back onto the road by the really nice bald man with the white truck.
Art is survived by his wife, Phyllis; his two daughters and their husbands, LeAnn and Ralph Whitesides (Logan, Utah), Ilene and Darrell Cunningham (Price, Utah); eight grandchildren, Jessica, Laura, Christopher, Molly, Andrew, Clayton, Tyler and Katelyn; 10 great grandchildren; and his sister-in-law Fosca Poloni, along with a number of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother Arco; his sister Gloria Pace; and great-grandson, Milo Johnson.
Funeral services will be held Thursday April 2 at the Price LDS Fifth Ward (545 East 400 North) at 12 p.m. A viewing for family and friends will be 10:30-11:45 a.m. prior to services at the church. Interment will be in the Price City Cemetery. Services are in the care of Fausett Mortuary.
Special thanks to Rick Stockburger and staff of Rocky Mountain Hospice for their help and support.