Johnnie Ray Brock, known as John or Pop, passed away peacefully at home in Cortez on Friday, May 12, 2017, just 2 weeks after celebrating his 78th birthday on April 29. Born in Sherman, Texas, his father was Acyray Crump; he was raised by his mother and step-father, Mildred Charlcie Fike and John William Brock.
John was a heavy equipment operator, then a police officer in Santa Paula, Calif., before retiring and moving to Cortez in 1996. Here he continued his beekeeping hobby and sold honey at the Farmers Market. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Earleen; children, Cris and Andy of Cortez, and Julianne of Rifle, Colo.; and by 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Services will be held on Saturday, May 20 at 11 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on Road M in Cortez.