Michael Jeffery Polk 60, of Eastport and Baileyville Maine completed his earthly journey on March 13, 2023, in Calais, surrounded by his loving family. He was born May 28, 1962, at Calais Regional Hospital to Marilyn A. (Corbett) Polk and Maurice E Polk. He was later diagnosed with Spina Bifida and hydrocephalus and given a life span of approximately 25 years.
Although he faced many struggles in his life, he always looked forward. He attended school in Baileyville and graduated from Woodland High School in 1982. He enjoyed the fellowship and camaraderie as a member of the I.O.O.F. Lodge in Baileyville.
Mike truly enjoyed nature. He could identify almost any bird by sight or sound, predicted the weather with great accuracy, and loved to garden. He liked getting out hunting and fishing whenever he could, taking down his only deer with his brother Phil. He looked forward to summers spent out at Pleasant Lake Campground in Alexander, swimming, playing washers, joining singalongs by the campfires, and participating in all the activities going on.
Mike was predeceased by his parents Marilyn A. Polk and Maurice E. Polk; grandparents Phillip and Mildred (Hill) Corbett and Kenneth and Elsie (Laughton) Polk; brother M. Andrew Polk, niece Tracey Lawless; nephew Matthew Childress; and brothers-in-law George Small and Vernon Childress.
He is survived by his sisters Carmen Small of Robbinston, Lorrie Johnson of Baileyville, and Shelly Childress of Robbinston; brother Philip (Cindy) Polk of Princeton; sister-in-law Patricia Polk of Tennessee; aunt Delores (Dodie) McPhee of Baileyville; great aunt Agnes Drost of Presque Isle. He is also survived by half siblings Maurice (Addie) Polk of Baring and Angela (Frances) Benson of Robbinston, who visited him at EMNH, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Mike will also be sadly missed by his family at Eastport Memorial Nursing Home where he has resided for almost 4 years. With their help and encouragement, Mike was getting back to walking with a walker, having been bedridden for almost 3 years. So much appreciation and gratitude are owed to them for all they did for and with Mike.
The family also appreciates the staff of Calais Community Hospital providing comfort for Mike and family in his final days.