From a contemporary press report:
Darwin A. Brock, beloved and devoted husband, father, and grandfather, passed away on December 26, 2003 in Houston, Texas, after a long illness. He was born May 7, 1918 in Kansas City, Missouri, and a graduate of the School of the Ozarks, the University of Oklahoma, and Georgetown University Law School.
Colonel Brock began his Army career as a Private and retired as a Colonel after a 28 year career. He served in the Seventh Armored Division in Europe during World War II. Subsequent service included army schooling and higher-level command assignments during the Korean and Vietnam conflicts. Among his military decorations were the Combat Infantryman's Badge, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with Cluster, Army Commendation Medal, and Purple Heart.
During retirement, Colonel Brock pursued a lifelong interest in Freemasonry. In 1940, he was made a Master Mason in Mt. Moriah Lodge No. 39 in Cladwell, Idaho. He later affiliated with District of Columbia lodges and numerous Masonic organizations. He was made a 33rd degree member of the Scottish Rite. Culminating many years of service, he was Grand Master of Masons in the District of Columbia in 1991.
He was an individual of many other interests, including hunting dogs and antique military cavalry equipment. He pursued these hobbies with his typical dedication and commitment to excellence. Most of all, he was dedicated to his family.
He is survived by Lois Chamberlain Brock, his loving wife of 55 years. He was always extremely proud of his two daughters, Dr. Marilyn Brock Lemos of Houston, Texas, and Tracey Brock Conaway of Salisbury, Maryland. Extended family include son-in-law Dr. Ruben Lemos and grandchildren, Kevin and Danielle Lemos, and son-in-law, Russell Conaway, Jr. and granddaughters, Ashley and Michelle Conaway.
A memorial service will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, February 13, 2004 in Old Post Chapel at Fort Myer. Inurnment will follow in Arlington National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to The College of the Ozarks, Point Lookout, Missouri 65726.
BROCK, DARWIN A
COL US ARMY
DATE OF BIRTH: 05/07/1918
DATE OF DEATH: 12/26/2003
BURIED AT: SECTION 5-JJ ROW 23 SITE 4
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
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