It is rare
chance that such a person as Craig can touch your life and become
instant friends and brothers. Craig Polzin was a consummate soldier,
instructor and leader. One of the most caring men and, he cast a broad
and protective circle around those he loved.
Polzin, age 60, passed away Sunday December 6th, 2015 at his home in
Kennesaw, GA. He was born on April 29, 1955 in Syracuse, NY to Earl and
Velma Marshall Polzin.
Craig grew up in Colton, OR and Palos Verdes, CA. He graduated in 1973
from Colton High School in Colton, OR. After high school he joined the
Army in 1979 and served for 21 years. He retired as First Sergeant and
served in 1st Battalion, 50th Infantry, Ft. Benning, GA, 2nd Battalion
75th Ranger Regiment, Ft. Lewis, WA, and the 5th Ranger Training
Brigade, Dahlonega, GA. Craig was the recipient of the Ranger Tab, Air
Assault Badge, Expert Infantry Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Jump Master
Badge, Meritorious Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal and was
a Graduate of Sergeant Major Academy. He retired in 1994, achieving the
rank of 1SG.
While in the military Craig attended Troy State University where he
received a bachelor's degree in Business.
retirement, he began a career in the field of Production Management in
the food industry, working for companies such as Dolly Madison,
Schwann's, and Presidents Bakery.
Craig was a
member of the U.S. Mountain Ranger Association, the American Legion, and
Sons of Mosby. He enjoyed riding his Harley, hanging with his Ranger
buddies, spending time with his grandchildren and his pup Bailey.
Craig was preceded in death by his parents Earl and Velma. Craig is
survived by his daughters Daniella (husband Brian) McGowan of Marietta,
GA, Veronica Russell of Canton, GA and Sabrina Shannon of
Fredericksburg, VA; his sister Anne Fritsche of Torrance, CA and
brothers Jeff Polzin of Molakka, OR and Dale Polzin of Colton, OR; his
ten grandchildren Dovian 27, Lindsey 26, Collin 23, Brian 21, Kristina
19, Conor 13, Kyleigh 9, Aidan 9, TJ 7, and Kody 2; his
great-granddaughter Olive 6 months, and his nieces and nephews and other