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Donita Polson July 14, 1952 - July 23, 2021

On Friday, July 23, 2021, Donita Davis Polson, loving wife and mother, passed away from a year long battle of pancreatic cancer in Eagle, Idaho. 

Donita was born in 1952 in Provo, Utah to Kathryn (Baird) and William Murdoch Davis. She attended BYU, receiving a degree in early childhood education in 1974. It was while at BYU that she met Rodney Polson. After Rod returned home from his mission, they reconnected and after dating for only 18 days, they got engaged and were married in August 1976 in the Provo, Utah temple. They raised their five children — Natalie, Jason, Jared, Ryan and Brandon – in Federal Way, Washington. 

Donita will be remembered for her spirited personality and loving heart. She had a passion for quilting, cooking, family history, keeping and creating traditions.  Most of all, she will be remembered for being a selfless mother and grandmother. Nothing made her light up more than a grandchild walking through her door. Those who came to her home left with a full stomach, a piece of new wisdom and a heart full of love. She was an educator, never passing up a teaching moment, whether it was in her own classroom with her students or in her home with her own children and grandchildren. She had many friends and was a friend to all. 

Even in the last year of her life while she was in pain, she managed to create many lasting memories for those around her. She made certain everyone knew of her love for each of them and always had a minute to bear her testimony or share a story. Every grandchild had one of Nana’s special handcrafted quilts. Donita finished the last one just a few weeks before her passing.

Donita loved Jesus Christ, living and teaching His gospel and serving in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in many callings throughout her life. She served in ward and stake callings, including positions in the Primary, Young Women, and Relief Society organizations. She was a good leader and was called as the president of each of those organizations at one point in time. She taught children to recognize promptings of the Holy Ghost, young women to recognize their value as daughters of a Heavenly Father who loved them, and adult women to love and be examples to all those within their influence. She was excellent at ministering to others, often showing up with a treat, a listening ear, or a scrub brush and bucket ready to be put to work.  She loved and was passionate about her time serving as an Ordinance Worker in the Seattle, Boise and Meridian Temples.  Many people were blessed by her thoughtful and kind heart. We will miss our mother, grandmother and friend but know we will be with her again. 

She is survived by her husband Rodney Polson; her children Natalie Jensen (Brian), Jason (Lisa), Jared (Kimberli), Ryan (Beth), Brandon (Niccol); and her siblings Doyle Davis, Mary Jean Draper, Kathleen Gilchrist, Lyle Davis, and 13 grandchildren. 

A visitation will be held on Sunday, August 1, 2021 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at Bowman Funeral Parlor located at 10254 W. Carlton Bay Garden City, Idaho.   A funeral service will be held on Monday, August 2, 2021 at 11:00 am, with a visitation one hour prior to the service at the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint located at 700 W. State Street Eagle, Idaho.  A committal service will follow the funeral at Dry Creek Cemetery.   There is also an opportunity to attend the funeral virtually by following this link https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCi9Fij3N3RmpZJGJV8IsvCw.  Condolences my be left for the family at www.bowmanfuneral.com

A visitation will be held on Sunday, August 1, 2021 from 5:00 - 7:00 pm at Bowman Funeral Parlor located at 10254 W. Carlton Bay Garden City, Idaho.   A funeral service will be held on Monday, August 2, 2021 at 11:00 am, with a visitation one hour prior to the service at the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint located at 700 W. State Street Eagle, Idaho.  A committal service will follow the funeral at Dry Creek Cemetery.   There also an opportunity to attend the funeral virtually by following this link https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCi9Fij3N3RmpZJGJV8IsvCw  Condolences my be left for the family at www.bowmanfuneral.com.

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    Mariette Stockwell says

    To my dear friend Rodney and his lovely family, I send my love and prayers at this time. What a beautiful companion you have for all eternity…I will never forget you both making the trip to share our day at the temple when Alf and I were sealed in the Toronto Temple. Such a treasured memory. I love you both and I know the Comforter will help you through these difficult days.

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    Carol Mangum says

    Derrell and I are sad about Donita’s passing. We send much love and pray that Heavenly Father will send much comfort to the family. She is now on her way to her eternal progression.

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    Eric and Kami Oldroyd says

    Thank you for all the love you and Donita have always given our family. We will always remember and appreciate the special way she made so welcome as we visited your home while living in the northwest for a summer nearly 25 years ago and the time you always take to show kindness to our children when we visit. We will keep you and your family in our prayers and pray the Lord will be with you always.

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    Wendell & Julie Wagner says

    Rod and family,
    Wendell and I send our love deepest condolences at Donita’s passing. Our hearts ached when we heard the news. What a beautiful funeral today and it was especially wonderful to hear you speak and testify. I can’t believe you found the strength to do that, but I am so glad you did! What a gift to your posterity and a gift for me as well, as I haven’t heard you testify since you taught me the gospel 47 years ago as a missionary. You had the same spiritual maturity as a 20 year old. May the Lord bless you with peace through the comforter during the coming weeks and months. We are so glad we know you and got to know Donita as well. We owe you so very much and love you dearly!

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