Deborah Schneider Pollok died peacefully surrounded by her family July 28, 2011, at her home in Craig after a long illness. She was 50.
She is survived by her husband, Mallory Pollok; son, Alexander; mother, Ruth Schneider; sister, Ann Mae Seeley; and many other loving relatives and dear friends. She was preceded in death by her father, Dr. Leo Schneider.
After graduating from high school in Craig, Deb served internships in the state Senate and Attorney General’s Office.
She received a bachelor’s degree from Denver University in 1982 with a double major in English and political science. She was a member of Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society.
Deb became a certified legal assistant and worked at several law firms in Denver. She founded Pollok Consulting with her husband to provide landman services, including title examination, mineral and water rights, archaeological and environmental permitting. She was a founding member of the Denver Petroleum Club and belonged to numerous professional associations.
Deb loved to ski and volunteered for 10 years as a ski instructor for the National Sports Center for the Disabled and for the Shining Stars. She was a member of the Eastern Star. Deb served as president of the Hahn’s Peak Historical Society and president of Homeowners of Hahn’s Peak. She was instrumental in obtaining a state historical designation for the 19th century mining town that was the first county seat of Routt County.
Deb’s personality was influenced by her parents and many of the old-timers still alive from the pioneer days.
Her salty wit and honest opinions were a delight, and often a surprise, to her family, friends and co-workers in the petroleum business. Already, many in the community deeply miss Deb’s beauty, dark blue eyes, love of family and friends, love of life and love of the Old West.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Hahn’s Peak Area Historical Society, P.O. Box 803, Clark, CO 80428, for a granite bench that will be placed permanently on the historical grounds she fought so hard to protect and serve.