David Pollatsek

David Pollatsek

  • Funeral Date: 12/18/12
  • Funeral Time: 2:00 PM
  • Date of Birth: 6/17/74
  • Date of Death: 12/13/12
  • Funeral Location: Skinner Memorial Chapel at Carleton College

David Pollatsek passed away of sudden onset cardiac arrhythmia at age 38 on December 13, 2012, leaving behind his loving wife Mary (Roy) Pollatsek and many many friends & family all over the world. David was born on June 17, 1974, to Harriet and Alexander Pollatsek, little brother to Shura, in Amherst, MA. David graduated from Amherst Regional High School in 1992 and went on to study computer science at Carleton College in Northfield, MN where he graduated in 1996. After college, Dave found his dream job working as a game developer. In 1996, he co-founded Monster Games with his partners Richard Garcia, David Broske and Owen Justice. Over the last 16 years he was able to pursue his passion and was instrumental in developing games that sold worldwide. David & Mary found each other in 2010, and he was quickly welcomed into the Roy family. They were married at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul, MN on August 25, 2012, surrounded by their close friends and family, who all witnessed their touching, loving ceremony and the joy they had found in each other. David & Mary were excited to begin their lives together in Northfield and had many dreams for their future. David’s friends and family remember his generous spirit, loyal friendship and quick wit. He loved music and was a gifted guitarist. He had a brilliant mind and was a lifelong learner of everything from flying airplanes, to playing exotic musical instruments, studying mathematics and learning to play hockey.

In addition to his wife Mary, survivors include his parents, Alexander and Harriet Pollatsek of Amherst, Mass.; his sister, Shura Pollatsek and husband Mitchell Wilson of Bowling Green, Kentucky; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, John and Barbara Roy of Circle Pines; his in-laws: Matthew (Michele) Roy of Apple Valley, Elizabeth Roy of Circle Pines, Paul (Sarah) Roy of Maplewood, Anthony Roy of Circle Pines, David Roy and fiancee Jennifer Gruenes of Minneapolis, Ann Roy of Minneapolis; 2 nephews, Charles and Michael; two aunts: Lynne Buck of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Deborah (Ronald) Kramer of Macomb, Michigan.  He was preceded in death by uncle Raymond Buck.

A celebration of David’s life will be held 2 p.m. on Tuesday, December18, at Skinner Chapel on the campus of Carleton College.  Following the service a reception will be held from 3-5 p.m. in the Great Hall at Carleton.

Donations may be given to a fund for a computer science award in David’s memory that has been established at Carleton College. Contributions may be marked David Pollatsek Fund and sent to Carleton College, One North College Street, Northfield, MN 55057.

Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home. www.northfieldfuneral.com


  1. Lester & Ann Senechal

    “… rhe Master of Mercy will protect him forever in the refuge of his wings … The Everlasting is his heritage, and he shall rest peacefully …” We grieve with you, Harriet, Sandy and Shura, and
    we will continue to grieve long after the day is past.

    Our love, honor and affection,
    Lester and Ann Senechal

  2. Judi Severson

    rest in the arms of love
    may angels lift your heavy hearts
    may we take this darkness
    infuse it with our light
    know we are all connected ~

    Mary, we share your grief, your aching and your pain. We hold you and Dave and your families in our hearts and prayers.

    Love to you,
    Judi and Steven

  3. Ann McNeal

    What a sweet guy David was–quiet, thoughtful, intelligent, and caring. I remember him from his high school days with my son, Gordon, and funny things they did.

    He will be sorely missed.
    With great sympathy to all his friends and family,
    Ann McNeal

  4. Dave was such a kind and thoughtful man. I have so many great memories of Halloween parties, backyard BBQs, the surprise party he planned for Mary at Elsie’s, their love of karaoke, the dinner parties at their new home, their lovely wedding that was so emotional and touching, filled with tender moments that demonstrated the depth of their love for each other. One of my favorite memories is how happy he has made my dear friend Mary during the years they had together. Such a devastating loss as their new life was just beginning. I pray for comfort and strength for Mary and Dave’s families during this tragic time in their lives.

  5. Jamie Ratcliff

    I know David from Carleton College. I played music with him at times, and always found him comforting to be around. He had an easy laugh and a playful spirit. I am shocked, thinking that he is not there.

  6. I met David when we were in the 7th grade and have had the honor of knowing him as he grew up into a lovely, warm, thoughtful and generous spirit. I am so grateful for the time that I was able to share on this earth with such a beautiful,funny and brilliant human being and friend. I remember tromping around in the woods of Leverett, MA when I was a teenager with David and our other dear friends. I got tangled up in a barbed wire fence and David very patiently helped to free me so we could all continue to wander and amble in the moonlit forest. As an adult, I have continued to intersect with him whenever geography cooperated and I have always left these moments a better person for his thoughtful and insightful presence and conversation. My heart and prayers goes out to his wife and family.

  7. Jason Freedman

    Shura and family:

    Please know that you are in my thoughts.


  8. Megan O'Madadhain

    My heart goes out to his wife and family. Dave was on my floor at Carleton College my freshman year and participated in many fun hijinks. I’m so glad that he had such a wonderful life and am so sorry that it ended so soon. God bless,

    Megan (Foster) O’Madadhain

  9. Katie Dauer

    I had the opportunity to work with Dave at my clinic. He was a great person. I am so sorry for your loss. Katie Dauer

  10. Jessica Tashker

    I had the privilege of meeting Dave through my husband, Daniel, who was one of his closest friends in high school. Dave was so smart, kind, funny talented, and humble. I looked forward to seeing him whenever the Amherst crew assembled. I feel his loss terribly and my heart goes out to his friends and family.

  11. Chris Enock

    So incredibly sad to lose such a talented programmer (I learned so much from DaveP) and such an amazing guy. During the years I worked with him, Dave always was kind, helpful, and ready to help. I’m shocked and saddened, and my heart goes out to his family and friends.

  12. Becky Tovar

    Mary: Just wanted you to know that I’ve been thinking of you since hearing about Dave. My heart goes out to you and your family.

  13. Jeannie Preuss

    I am heartbroken over your loss of David. May the memories you shared bring solace to your heart.Prayers and blesings to you.

  14. Barbara LeTourneau

    I am so sorry for the loss of Dave. What an amazing love you two shared. A truly bright light has gone out, and yet remains with us forever.

  15. Arlene Saidman

    My Mother, Edith Helfman Lupovitch, was a first cousin of Nettie Katcher, Harriet Pollatsek’s Mother.
    Harriet and our extended family met for many years during WWII at what we called the Davis Family Club.
    I want to extend our deeply felt condolences on the passing away of David who I, unfortunately, never had a chance to meet. I wish the family strength to deal with David’s untimely death.
    Arlene Saidman

  16. Lynn Kasmer

    Mary and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I continue to keep you all in my thoughts and in my prayers. This is devastating for us all.
    Lynn Kasmer

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