Dennis Dean Rock
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Dennis Dean Rock
  • November 29, 1939 - March 1, 2017
  • Anaheim, California

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Dennis Dean Rock, 77, fell asleep in the Lord March 1, 2017. He was born to Lenore (Gilboy) and John Rock on November 29, 1939. Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he attended St. John Cathedral High School and graduated in 1958. At the age of 7, he held his first job as a paperboy after the passing of his Dad. From then on, Dennis worked hard to help support his Mother and himself.

He was a beloved husband of Sally (Salmen), father of two sons: Dana (Stacie) and Darryl. He was Papa to 4 granddaughters: Denise, Delayne, Sydney and Anabelle, surrogate father to Scott, Vicente and Jessica, and others, and a friend and mentor to many. Dennis and Sally attended St. John Cathedral together yet they were not high school sweethearts. Not until a few years after graduation did they connect and formed a friendship that later turned into a unbreakable bond of love, trust, faith, and family. Dennis and Sally's love was not only like a storybook love but also exemplified how a true and mutual loving marriage should be lived out. Together, they attended Annunciation Byzantine Catholic Church, where they helped build and support the parish, fellow parishioners, and maintained the church life.

Dennis was a fair, hardworking man who took pride in working with his own two hands. He served his country as a Marine in Air Radio Operations from 1962 to 1965 and was stationed in Japan for a year. After being honorably discharged, Dennis embraced his calling as an entrepreneur with businesses in airplanes, dune buggies and construction. For 30 years, Dennis owned and operated Dennis D. Rock Construction, an environmental construction company he started in 1979 with the enlisted help of his wife and two sons. His philosophy was family orientated shown by the employment of sons and wives, granddaughters, and many close family friends, instilling good life and work ethics encouraging them to expand in their own endeavors. He worked hard, but he played just as hard, diving into hobbies such as racing cars, flying historic planes, and brewing his own beer. Not only was he a licensed pilot, but was also a certified flight instructor who loved to share his passions with others.

He had many names in his lifetime which showed some of his charm and hidden personality. As a boy he was know as Ding to his family and Dennis the Menace to his neighbors (much to his dismay) but had fun with it in later years. In high school classmates called him Froggy. His sweetheart called him Puff and Pooh Bear. Dad and Papa came later with his children and grandchildren. Rooster was his racing name and Pilot referred to flying. Rockmiester, Brewmiester, and
Fritz were chosen by the guests of the annual Roktoberfests held each October. He also became surrogate father to those who came into his family life who lost their Dad, GOD Father, Best Man, and Bossman to people hired along the way.

Our beloved Dennis will always hold a special place in many hearts and is dearly missed by those who knew and loved him. The world has lost a brilliant light, and although it has become a little dimmer, Dennis' star shines even brighter in the Heavens.

In lieu of flowers the family asks to please make a donation to the Annunciation Byzantine Catholic Church in Dennis D. Rock's name.


Arrangements are under the direction of Dimond & Shannon Mortuary