Andrew Michael “Andy” Pohorilak
June 23, 1955 – May 22, 2020
Andrew Michael Pohorilak “Andy”, 64, of Turlock, passed away on May 22, 2020.
Andy was born in Boulder, CO to his late parents Lillian (Lietz) Pohorilak and William Pohorilak (both of Cleveland, OH) with his sister, Bonnie, welcoming her much younger baby brother to the Rock Ranch.
He grew to be a kind, gentle and loving man, a real teddy bear. Andy and Trish recently celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary. He loved his family, watching it grow to grandchildren and most recently a great grandchild. Andy was a heavy equipment mechanic for most of his career. He started at the Homestake Mining Company on Monarch Pass in Colorado at an elevation of 11,312 ft. working on massive Euclid truck tires. He later transitioned to millwright for Gateway Contractors which brought Andy and Trish to California in 1989.
Colorado was his true mecca, a piece of his heart resided in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. To put it lightly he was a huge Colorado University football fan (Go Buffs!) along with his mom, Lillian. He was also a big Nascar fan, actually any kind of racing fan!
Andy was a resident of Turlock, CA on the Morning Star Rock Ranch for 19 years and resident of California for 31 years.
Andy is survived by his beloved spouse, Patricia (Driscoll) Pohorilak “Trish” of Turlock, Andy’s eldest daughter, Loren Pohorilak of Longmont, CO, granddaughters Makayla and Alyssa Paull of Cheyenne, WY and great grandchild Cherokee, Andy’s youngest daughter and family Andrea and Adam Virtue and grandson Austin of Wellington, CO. He is also survived by his sister Bonnie and Mike Hedstrom of Vero Beach, FL, Trish’s brother and sister-in-law Tim and Teresa Driscoll of Satsuma, FL, nephews Lars (Chip) Hedstrom and family of NY, Eric Hedstrom and family of HI, Karl Hedstrom and family of NY, and nieces, Leigh Reed and family of NY and Sage Maker and family of RI. Andy had 11 great nieces and nephews.
Andy was one of a kind! The most supportive and loving husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle and friend anyone could ask for. We are blessed to have had you in our lives my love.
You are gone too soon from this earthly world, always on our minds and forever in our hearts.
WE LOVE YOU ALWAYS FOREVER
A celebration of Andy’s life will be held at a later date.