Joel Sloan Poley

Date of Birth

May 31, 1939

Date of Death

November 30, 2019

City of Death

Santa Barbara, CA

Joel Sloan Poley passed away on November 30, 2019 at his home in Santa Barbara, California. He was 80 years old.

Born in Berlin, New Hampshire to Wendell and Betty Poley, Joel grew up in Natick, Massachusetts, with his older brother Peter and younger sister Jennifer. He married Marcia DiLucci in 1958 and they had five children together. In 1965, he moved with his wife and, then, three children to start a new life in Northern California working for Addison Wesley Publishing Company. He lived in Northern California for more than 50 years in many cities including Half Moon Bay, Sonora, Modesto, La Grange and Santa Barbara. He enjoyed the mountains of the Sierra Nevada and was an avid hiker and camper. He was also an artist and used his love of California to paint beautiful picturesque scenes of the many places he hiked. For many years, he was active in his local church developing and teaching bible studies and supporting the Kingdom of God. His last years often found him in the company of his faithful dog Marley who would never leave his side.

He is survived by his five children; Scott of Tracy, CA, Chris of Modesto, CA, Jason of Santa Barbara, CA, Jode of Seward, NE, and Cathy of Potomac Falls, VA; 12 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, and his Sister Jennifer.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 14 at Modesto Christian Reformed Church at 11am. In lieu of flowers, those who desire may make memorial donations in Joel’s name to ASPCA.


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