John Robert Polk, 52, of Hampton, passed away Sunday, June 18, 2017, at Franklin General Hospital, with his family by his side. He was born on May 28, 1965, in Dallas, Texas, to Hammond Andrew Polk and Barbara Ann Land.
John graduated from McClintock High School in Tempe, Arizona. He attended South Mountain Community College and Arizona State University. John married Hope Paine on August 16, 1997, in Hampton. He worked for many years with Dale Carnegie Training in Phoenix and with Autotrader.com in Iowa.
John attended Faith Baptist Church in Hampton. He was a member of the Hampton Country Club, where he enjoyed golfing, especially on Thursday afternoons. John also enjoyed listening to sports talk radio, watching ESPN, attending sporting events, as well as cooking and grilling. He loved attending his children's many activities.
John was a loving father and brother and a good friend to many. He had a big heart and will be remembered for his laugh, his sense of humor and his quick wit.
John is survived by his children Jackson Polk, Calista Polk, Olivia Polk and Aiden Polk, all of Hampton, brother Gary (Bobbi) Polk of Mesa, Arizona, sister Cheryl Polk Rooney of Overland Park, Kansas, sister Karen Polk of Hampton, nieces and nephews Courtney DeJong, Justine Rooney, Brandon Rooney, Brett Rooney, Eboni Ferguson, Holli Campbell, Levi Paine, Heather Paine and Kelsey Paine, and former spouse, Hope Paine Polk, who was by his side and proved that Christ's love shines through.
He was preceded in death by his parents Hammond and Barbara Polk, brother James Polk and nephew Justin Polk, along with several other family members.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the family of John Robert Polk for his children.
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My name is Steve Mulcock. I ride the RAGBRAI each year. In 2007 John, Hope and their wonderful kids were contemplating hosting a group in their home. John had just lost his job and they were strapped. At the last moment they decided to do it and volunteered. we were strapped too, without a place to camp. John and family not only took us in but they fed us BBQ pork and breakfast in the morning. The kids Jackson, Calista, Olivia & even Aiden helped us setup our tents. Our group is "The San Diego Zoo". (We are not part of the zoo) None of us will ever forget his, and their kindness. I was shocked to hear of his passing. I was just looking them up to give them a call to see how they were doing. God bless you Hope and the kids. He was truly a Saint. This will be in my heart forever!
Hope and Kids -
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. I'll always have great memories of the good times and laughs I shared with John. Playing baseball, softball, basketball, Turkey Bowls, golf, practical jokes...you name it and John had fun doing it. He will be truly missed. Cherish the memories.
Our love, thoughts, and prayers are with you...
Jeff, Amy, Haleigh, and Cade Bemis
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