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Walter F Brock
February 2, 1949 ~ June 10, 2023 (age 74) 74 Years Old
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Walter Fredrick Brock, born in Detroit, MI on February 2,1949 passed away in Corpus Christi, TX, June 10,2023 after a brief but hard fought illness.
Walter is a former marine who served during the Vietnam war and was part of the group of marines, many of whom lost their lives, during the battle of Hue City. When he returned to the states, he spent some time in California before returning to Michigan where he completed an apprenticeship to become an Optical Mechanic. He made eyeglasses for a number of years before he began working for VARO in Dallas, TX making military grade optics. From there he traveled back to California where he worked for Exotic Materials, another government contracted company that made military optics for TADS (target acquisition defense system) for the Apache helicopters, M1's (eye piece for tanks and binoculars) and PNVS (pilot night vision system) along with other high grade optics.
During his time in California, he pursued his love of the ocean by learning to sail and spent many weekends sailing along the coast or out to Catalina Island. Eventually he made his way back to Dallas where he worked for VARO and aquired enough savings to buy a 30' Catalina sailboat which he slipped down in Kemah,Tx.
In 1993 he moved to Houston so he could be closer to the water and the boat. He worked for Compaq computer doing inspections of parts all the way to finished product. After six years with them, he left and began working for a division of Weatherford. When Weatherford closed that location, he opted not to take the offer to move to Wisconsin. He then did a few contract jobs before he was deemed too old, by workforce standards, to be trained into another vocation. So, he found a place in Ingleside, TX, had a house built and settled into his well deserved retirement.
He spent his time traveling to Hotel 25 and Ontos reunions with his fellow marines. His most favorite of these was when they got to visit Quantico and the Marine Corps museum and also the time they got to visit the USS Hue City at Mayport Naval Station in Jacksonville, Fl.
Walter is survived by his wife of almost 36 years, Patricia Ontiveros, his sons Matthew Smith (Pa.) and Nathan Brock (NH), his fraternal twin sister Wanda Brock (Tx) and his sister Sharon Lee Abdullah (SC) and all of his many friends, both near and far.
Semper fidelis and may you have good sailing always.