Obituary of Craig Polzel
Leslie Craig Polzel September 25, 1950 - April 30, 2021 Craig Polzel, 70, passed away suddenly Friday, April 30, 2021 at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver, WA. He was born September 25, 1950 in Salem, Oregon to Leslie Dean and Edna Polzel. Craig is survived by his wife, Cheri, many children and grandchildren, and a large extended family. Craig was a lifelong Gorge resident and a proud graduate of Cascade Locks High School. He received an associate degree from Mt. Hood Community College and went on to work in the mill in Cascade Locks for several years. Craig spent time in Alaska working on a cattle ranch where he honed his cowboy skills. He worked in several laborers unions before building his own business, Craig’s Concrete and Construction. Craig took great pride in his business, his projects, and his crew. He was always willing to mentor and share his knowledge, work ethic, and high standards with the younger generations. Through his vast array of work and community projects he created many lasting friendships. It was important to Craig to be involved in the local community, especially with various youth programs. He spent years working with the local 4-H groups while his daughter, Lacey, raised and showed horses. Craig was an avid supporter of local agri-business and spent hours on his tractor in the pastures taking care of his herd of beef cattle, each of which he could refer to by name. Craig enjoyed staying busy with many hobbies including hunting, fishing, and restoring cars. He was particularly proud of his 1967 stock Ford Fairlane which he entered in local car shows. He also enjoyed cheering for his beloved Super Bowl XLVIII Champion Seattle Seahawks. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. at Marine Park in Cascade Locks. Feel free to wear your finest Seahawks gear. Instead of flowers, the family asks that any memorial donations be made to the Washington State 4-H Excellence Fund in Craig’s memory.