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Charles Howard Brock, Sr. ("Chuck")

Woodside and La Quinta, California

Chuck left this earthly life peacefully in the early hours of October 12, 2013 in Woodside, California at the age of 83. Chuck was born on August 8, 1930, in the Dalles, Oregon and spent his early years in Goldendale, Washington. He met his future wife, Phyllis Egger, while attending the University of Washington. They married after graduation in 1952 and happily spent the next 61 years together.

After serving 2 years in the United States Army, Chuck attended Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco where he graduated at the top of his class. He was admitted to the California Bar in 1957 and began what was to become a brilliant career with the San Jose office of Hoge, Fenton, Jones & Appel. Chuck loved the law and committed himself to its practice for the next 44 years. Those who had the privilege of working with him knew Chuck to be a highly skilled, ethical and respected lawyer. Chuck was a fierce advocate for his clients, but always remained a gentleman. In the legal community, he was often described as "a lawyer's lawyer". He was a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and was a member of the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates. He is a past president of the American Inns of Court, Santa Clara Inn, and served on its' executive committee. He also served on the Board of Governors of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Northern California, and was listed in the "Best Lawyers in America."

A devoted family man, Chuck leaves behind his loving wife Phyllis, four children: Jennifer Marsden (and her husband, Ken) of Woodside; Charles Brock, Jr. (and his wife, Marsha) of Menlo Park; Peter Brock of Newport, Oregon; and Suzanne Brock of Santa Rosa. He also leaves behind six grandchildren: Peter Marsden, Charles Brock, III, Todd Brock, Chenoa BrockWalder, Kalen BrockWalder, and Joshua BrockWalder. He is also survived by his brother, William Brock of Ashland, Oregon.

Although an accomplished golfer, Chuck's true passions outside of the law were horses, traveling, singing, acting, and being of service. Even while he was maintaining a thriving practice, he served on numerous boards, including Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club, La Quinta Country Club, the Woodside Village Church, and the Los Altos Hunt Pony Club. He was also extremely active in Woodside and the community doing whatever he could to be of service. He participated in numerous plays and loved singing with his friends.

There will be a service at Woodside Village Church on Wednesday, October 23rd at 4:30 p.m. and a reception at Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club at 6:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial contributions be made to , the Parkinson's Association or a .

Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Oct. 19, 2013
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