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Gilbert "Pat" E. Hocking was born January 23, 1910. He died November 13, 1986 and is buried at Mount McCaleb Cemetery in Mackay, Idaho.
Mackay - Gilbert E. "Pat" Hocking, 76, longtime Mackay area resident who helped build the barbecue oven in Mackay City Park, died at home November 13, 1986, from natural causes.
He was born January 23, 1910, at Gray's Lake, the son of Ernest and Clara Rose Hanni Hocking. At 14, he moved with his family to Compton, California, and later returned to Idaho. On October 24, 1935, he married Erma Lords at Leslie, Idaho. While Working on the Works Project Administration in 1938, he was instrumental in the construction of the barbecue oven in the Mackay City Park also known as the Tourist Park. Through the years he worked as a rock mason, painter, carpenter, and he was a truck driver at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory. He retired in 1972. He was a member of the Teamsters Union and an avid sportsman, spending his retirement years hunting and fishing.
He is survived by one son, Ronnie G. Hocking, Mackay; four daughters, Marketa Rukavina, Afton, Lola Sullivan, Haines, Alaska; Patricia May, Pocatello, Idaho, and Gayle Jensen, Reno, Nevada; five brothers, Clayton Hocking and Jean Hocking, Mackay, Idaho; Frank Hocking, Deary, Idaho; Glen "Tiny" Hocking, Lewiston, Idaho; and Billy Hocking, Blackfoot, Idaho; two sisters, Dolly Ausich, Mackay and Mary Anderson, Pocatello, Idaho; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Two sisters preceded him in death - Dorothy Hocking and Myrtle Musar.
Graveside services will be held Tuesday at 10:30 AM at Mount McCaleb Cemetery with President Reed M. Nielsen officiating. Friends may call on the family at Marvel Memorial Chapel tonight from 7 - ?. The family suggests memorials be made to either the Mackay EMTs or the Lost River Volunteer Search and Rescue.
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Erma Lords Hocking
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