Brian Bock
1981 - 2019
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Brian Patrick Bock
August 24, 1981 - April 22, 2019 Brian Patrick Bock was born on August 24, 1981 in Bakersfield to James and Brenda (Palla) Bock. Brian passed away unexpectedly on April 22, 2019. Brian graduated from Garces Memorial High School in 1999. He attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa on a baseball scholarship. He graduated from California State University, Bakersfield, with a degree in Business Administration. Brian excelled and had a passion for baseball starting at a young age. He was the catcher on the Bakersfield Babe Ruth National Championship teams in 1997 and 1998. He went on to play baseball in college and was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in 2003. He played in the Orioles organization for five years. Of the many accomplishments he had, one of the highlights was being the Orioles' catcher in the 2007 Baseball Hall of Fame game against the Toronto Blue Jays. He was named the game's Most Valuable Player and his name is inscribed in Cooperstown Baseball Hall of Fame. After ending his baseball career, Brian joined W.A. Thompson Distributing in 2008. He truly enjoyed the many customer relationships he developed and the friendships made with the people he worked with. At Garces, Brian met Megan Bell, the love of his life. They were married on October 21, 2006 and have two sons, Jameson (9) and Benjamin (7). Brian was a devoted husband and father with Megan and the boys being the most important part of his life. Brian's love for baseball continued with his sons, teaching them the game and coaching in the Northwest Bakersfield Baseball league. In Coach Brian's words to the boys, "Pay Attention and Try Hard". He enjoyed golf, spending time with his family and friends and loved to make people laugh. Brian has been an exceptional Husband, Father, Son, Brother, Uncle and a Friend to All and will be deeply missed by all who knew him. Brian has joined his grandparents, Ralph and Dorothy Palla, Frances Rogers and Jack Bock, Uncle Michael Palla and nephew and godchild Declan Bell in Heaven. He is survived by his loving wife, Megan, and sons, Jameson and Benjamin. Parents, James and Brenda Bock, brothers Joel (Pam) Bock, Matt (Tonya) Bock and sister Kelly (Mike) Brazio, uncles Steve Palla, Doug Palla (Susan), Greg Palla (Frankita) Kevin Palla (Janet) and aunt Pam (Mike) Monsell. Parents-in-law, Thomas and Glenda Bell, brothers-in-law, Gavin (Elizabeth) Bell, Michael (Jennifer) Bell, Brian Bell and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Visitation will be on May 2nd at Greenlawn Mortuary, 3700 River Blvd, Bakersfield from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 124 Columbus St, Bakersfield on Friday, May 3rd at 10:45am followed by interment at Greenlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to The Bakersfield Catholic Education Foundation, 2800 Loma Linda Dr. Bakersfield, CA 93305, formerly Garces Memorial High School Foundation.

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Published in Bakersfield Californian from May 1 to May 2, 2019.
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May 13, 2019
Jim and Brenda, We were so sorry to hear about Brian. Wish we had been able to participate in the celebration of his life. May the difficult road ahead be lighten by friends and family and the support of loved ones. We wish you all much love and comfort in knowing that his spirit will flow around you and may you feel his presence for he will always be with you. May God give you strength and peace.

Love Ginny Kaiser (Filener)
May 6, 2019
Dear Brenda and John , our hearts break for the loss of your son , our prayers are with you and your family at this most difficult time .

Joe and Hope Cornejo
Pismo Beach CA
Hope Cornejo
May 5, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers are with you,so sad to hear of your great loss.
Howard and Karen Nizar
May 5, 2019

My deepest condolences to your family for the loss of your love one. May your cherished memories created, brighten your days and help sustain you at this time. John 6:40 gives much comfort by looking forward to Jesus promise of seeing your love one again

May 2, 2019
Megan and Family,

Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. I am so very sorry about Brian's passing. With deepest sympathy.
Ann (Lafranchise) Banister & Family
May 2, 2019
I am so very sorry for your loss. There are no words that can provide any sense of healing right now so I will put you and your family in my daily prayers. Your friends, family and Co-workers will get you through this.

Sending love and hugs.
Marnie Holohan
Marnie Holohan
May 2, 2019
Our deepest condolences; our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Carosella Properties, Inc.
Carosella Properties Inc.
May 2, 2019
Praying with all that is within me Megan for you, your boys and the entire Bock Clan and your belived parents and siblings. Being part of our Catholic Family, you are always surrounded and lifted up in prayer+
Deanna DeBondt
May 2, 2019
My deepest sympathy for your loss. May you find comfort in the knowing that God cares for you and will comfort and sustain your family in the days ahead. (1 Cor 1:3-4)
May 2, 2019
Jim: I can't understand exactly how you and your family feel, but Jehovah God does and He will keep raising you all up. I hope that my prayers will help a little.
Denise Daniel
May 2, 2019
Oh my goodness. I am so shocked and sorry

My prayers are with you.
Gay Rezin
May 1, 2019
Jim, Joel and family... I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you all.
Lisa Baldridge
May 1, 2019
Jim, this is such a sad happening in your family's life. I pray for the Lord's hand to surround you with grace and love. God bless all of you.
John Rodgers
May 1, 2019
Jim & Brenda, you are lifted in prayer for comfort as you travel down the road of sorrow. God had a plan for Brian, but we will never understand it. My thoughts & Prayers are with each of you today and the days to follow. RIP Brian
Brenda Maniaci-Neil
May 1, 2019
My deepest condolences for your lost.
May 1, 2019
There are no words to express the sadness I feel with this tragedy. My deepest sympathy for the Bock family and especially Jim and Brenda who are lifelong friends. Stay strong my prayers are with u all.
Bill & Jeannette Caldwell
May 1, 2019
Words cannot express the sorrow and sadness I feel regarding the loss of Brian. My prayers for the whole Bock family especially James and Brenda who are lifelong friends. Rest In Peace.
May 1, 2019
You'll be missed Brian. Thanks for the friendship and sharing your expertise with me this season. I appreciate the fact that you would go out of your way to ask me how our catcher was developing after our conversations.

You were a great father, friend, and teammate and you'll be sorely missed.

Those baserunners in heaven don't stand a chance.

Scott Mawson
May 1, 2019
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May 1, 2019
My heart goes out to the Bock family. May the Lord provide some form of peace and comfort during this difficult time.

I played with Brian in Aberdeen in 2003. His first year of pro ball. He was a great ballplayer and such a joy to be around.

About 5-6 years ago, we had a chance encounter at an Angels-Orioles game in Anaheim which gave us the opportunity to catch up and reconnect.

RIP, Brain. I know you are enjoying catching the games greats in Heaven.
Tom Joyce
May 1, 2019
Bocker the best catcher I have ever known .. Rip my dude ! Legend NIETO ..
May 1, 2019
Aloha Brian, fly with the angels Until we meet again, thanks for the memories
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