DONALD T. ROCEN
Donald T. Rocen died on Saturday, October 13, 2012, in Old Town Alexandria, VA. He had pancreatic cancer, which he valiantly fought for the past year. He died peacefully at his home surrounded by his immediate family.
Mr. Rocen began his law career as a tax attorney with the IRS in 1971 where he served in a number of Office of Chief Counsel positions. In 1986, he was appointed by the President as Assistant to IRS Commissioner Lawrence B. Gibbs. At the end of his appointment as Assistant to the IRS Commissioner in 1989, Mr. Rocen joined the firm of Coopers & Lybrand, which eventually merged with Price Waterhouse to become PWC, where he served in the National Tax Office.
In 2004, Mr. Rocen returned to the IRS, first as Special Counsel to the Chief Counsel and then as the Deputy Chief Counsel for Operations. In 2007, Mr. Rocen retired from the IRS and began working with Miller & Chevalier, the first federal tax practice in the United States, where he worked until his death.
Survivors include his wife, Virginia Rocen; children Jeff Rocen and Amy Rocen (Jean-Marc); stepchildren Lillie Tillar (Rick), Stover Voght, Mary Carolyn Watson (Devin), and Toby Voght; sister Mary Ann "Bunny" Holzer (Jerry - deceased); cousin Joan Pesata; three grandchildren by marriage; and his French Bulldog, Lafite. He was the son of Laddie T. and Helen M. (Pesata) Rocen, both deceased, of Chicago, IL.
A visitation will be held at the Demaine Funeral Home, 520 S. Washington St, Alexandria, on Thursday, October 18, 2012, from 4 to 8 p.m. The funeral mass will take place at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 310 S. Royal St, Alexandria, on Friday, October 19, 2012, at 2:30 p.m., with a reception following at the Old Dominion Boat Club.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network at www.donrocen.com