Thomas Michael Polt, 68, lost his short-lived hard-fought battle with cancer on Monday, October 19, 2020 with his family by his side.
Tom was born on August 18, 1952 to Mary Ruth (Burns) and Francis Polt in Binghamton, New York, the youngest of three children. In 1956 he moved with his family to Rochester, Minnesota when his father was transferred here with IBM. Tom graduated from John Marshall High School in 1970 and was a proud member of the 1969 John Marshall State Basketball Champions. He earned his Bachelor’s in Economics and Business Administration from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa in 1974. He then went on to attend Creighton University School of Law in Omaha, Nebraska and graduated with his J.D. in 1977.
In July 1983 he met the love of his life Beverley (Oakes) Manguson. They were united in marriage on January 14, 1984. Bev brought two young boys, Dustin and Ryan, to the marriage whom Tom accepted with open arms. Tom and Bev had two more sons, Michael and Gregory.
Tom spent 28 years working in telecommunication and mortgage banking and 45 years as a personal business tax consultant and preparer. He had many clients, most of which he considered friends.
Sports played an important part in Tom’s life. He enjoyed coaching the boys in both basketball and baseball; he never missed a game. Many hours and miles were logged traveling to various Minnesota towns and states for games and tournaments. Toms favorite saying “We’re All Family” became a chant of his coached teams and he meant it! Tom was always proud of his boys! After the boys grew up Tom enjoyed following his grandchildren in their sports ventures and always had a little coaching piece to help them out. In his later years he took up umping youth baseball which he really enjoyed and never understood why he had not started doing this earlier in his life.
Tom and Bev enjoyed traveling especially to warm destinations with white sand beaches and blue waters. Tom also enjoyed the family’s yearly trip up north to the cabin and reacquainting each year with their up north family, Theresa and Scott, and all the adventures and mishaps.
Tom is survived by his wife of 36 years, Beverley (Oakes) Polt; four sons, MichaelPolt, Gregory (Kenzie) Polt, Ryan (Carrie) Manguson and Dustin (Tabitha) Manguson; eight grandchildren, Kynlee Kay, Morgan, Paige, Noah, Alexandra, William, Addison and Aiden; and one special four legged friend, Lizzy Lou.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Francis and Mary Ruth Polt; two sisters, Patricia Polt and Francis Bryant; brother-in-law, Addison Bryant; mother-in-law, Tillie Oakes; one grandchild; and two four legged friends, Dutchese and Princess.
The family would like to thank Joan DePoppe and Evin Lantz for their help with Tom’s business. They would also like to thank Dr. Pro, and all the doctors and nurses of the Mayo Clinic Palliative Care and Hospice Team for the loving care they gave Tom. A special thank you to all our family and friends who offered prayers and comforting thoughts through this difficult time.
A visitation for Tom will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 28, 2020 in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home in Rochester, Minnesota.
Memorials are preferred to the John Marshall Boys Basketball Program.
Online condolences are welcome at www.mackenfuneralhome.com