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Robert Rock

Robert Rock (1945 ~ 2013)

Robert L. Rock died June 21, 2013 as a complication of mortal life, which he loved and enjoyed to the end.

Born to John and Helen Welti Rock November 6, 1945 in Salt Lake City, Utah, he served in the National Guard, completed an LDS mission in Switzerland, graduated from the University of Utah, and worked at USF & G Insurance.

Bob loved, admired, and had great gratitude for his loving and caring family, friends, and neighbors. He enjoyed meeting new people, making instant friendships at shooting ranges, in Disneyland lines, and everywhere he went.  He never missed an opportunity to make someone laugh. While his body cooperated, he climbed Mt. Olympus on a regular basis, carried his children up Timpanogos, ran on the beach, rode motorcycles, and enjoyed as much of nature as he could take in.  Even when his body had been ravaged by multiple sclerosis, he refused to submit his ability to make life fun.

Survived by his wife, Beckie, children, Cody Rock, Kimberly Rock, David (Amanda) Rock, Samantha Rock, and Jon Rock, by granddaughter, Anna Roelofs, by siblings John (Jayne) Rock, Christine (Brent) Cunningham, and Mary (Ted) Polevoy, and by many wonderful nieces and nephews with whom he shared copious amounts of love and laughter. Preceded in death by son, Benjamin Rock, and by brother David (Nola) Rock.

Funeral arrangements by Larkin Sunset Gardens Mortuary, 1950 E 10600 S. Viewing at the mortuary Tuesday, June 25, 6:00-8:00 PM and at the Holladay 8th Ward, 5450 Holladay Blvd, Wednesday June 26, from 10:30- 11:45 AM, immediately prior to the service at 12:00 Noon. Online condolences at

Published in Salt Lake Tribune on June 23, 2013

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11/19/13 05:29 PM #1    

Rex Cooper

My memories of Robert Rock reach back to before we started grade school.  Our mothers were officers in the Holladay Elementary School PTA.  When they would met together in planning meetings, Robert and I would play together. The Rocks lived at the top of Casto Lane, just below Wasatch Boulevard.  Their backyard opened onto Mount Olympus.    Robert and I would have great fun playing among the boulders and brush.  Robert's parents were professional magicians.  I would sit spellbound through their shows, as they accomplished what to me were incredible feats.

Robert and I were good friends from grade school through high school and served in the same National Guard Unit.  I remember him as a fine, down-to-earth, level-headed kind of guy,  the kind of person that anyone would value as a friend.  Shortly after we returned from our missions, Robert and I attemded a courtship and marriage course together at the University of Utah Institute of Religion.  We would share our impressions of the classes, and talk about our relationships with girls and the qualities that we were looking for in wives.  

As the years passed, our paths moved in different directions, and we pretty much lost contact with one another.  The last time that I ran into Robert, I was surprised to notice that he was walking with a cane.  This was disturbing to me, but I didn't feel that I could ask him about it.  After reading his obituary, I now realize that he was suffering from mutiple scierois, one of the most insideious of diseases.

I was saddened to learn about Robert's death.  Reading his obituary, however, helped me realize that he had "fought a good fight" and through it all had remained a fine, outstanding individual.

Rex Cooper

11/20/13 10:12 AM #2    

Richard J. (Dick) Clark


Sounds liike this guy was a Rock.

Never knew him, but appreciate your words.


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