James M. Rock
1935 - 2019
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James M. Rock
1935 ~ 2019
James Martin Rock, 83, longtime resident of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Ephraim, Wisconsin, died on June 25, 2019, in Sister Bay, Wisconsin.
He was born August 17, 1935, in Plymouth, Wisconsin, to the late Carroll George and Lillian Augusta Wilhelmina (Leverenz) Rock and grew up on their dairy farm with his older brother, Carroll.
From his start in a one room schoolhouse, Jim went on to earn an undergraduate degree in Geography and a Masters in Rural Sociology from the University of Wisconsin and his doctorate in Economics at Northwestern University.
His reasons for transferring to Northwestern for his PhD weren't entirely academic, as he had begun pursuing his future wife, Bonnie Brown, who studied there. Their long and romantic union-they wed in 1962-was a great example to their children and grandchildren. It could be said that his love for Bonnie was his most salient characteristic.
Jim worked in the U.S. Department of Agriculture and for the C.I.A. Before becoming a professor. He began teaching in the Economics Department at the University of Utah in 1967, where he served as chairman of the department for several years and won many teaching awards. His academic interests ranged from the aluminum cookware industry to Holstein cattle, and from the national debt to a lifelong enthusiasm for the work of John Maynard Keynes. His career was marked by devotion to his students, with special interest in and responsibility to those less fortunate. He helped set up the Alberta Henry Foundation's scholarship fund for the disadvantaged and served as a board member and treasurer for the Salt Lake City NAACP.
A devoted father, Jim, will be remembered for reading aloud, coaching soccer, and building many dangerous balance beams in the woods of Door County, Wisconsin, where he spent his summers, and where he moved year-round upon his retirement from teaching. He loved cows and radishes and was an enthusiast full of exclamations.
His legacy will be carried on by his wife, Bonnie; their children, Jennifer (Fred) D'Amato of Shorewood, Wisconsin, Peter (Ella Vining) Rock, of Portland, Oregon , Jim Rock (fiancé, Pearl), of Salt Lake City, Utah, Sara (Pierre Le Blanc) Rock of Ottawa, Ontario; ten grandchildren, brother, Carroll Rock Jr. of Stillwater, Minnesota; and many other relatives, friends, and former students.
A memorial service will take place at a later date. Burial will be in the Ephraim (Wisconsin) Moravian Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Jim's name to the Alberta Henry Foundation, PO Box 1814, Salt Lake City, Utah 84110.
Casperson Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Sister Bay, Wisconsin is assisting the Rock family. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Jim may be shared with his family through his tribute page at www.caspersonfuneralhome.com.

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Published in The Salt Lake Tribune on Jul. 6, 2019.
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January 22, 2020
Professor Rock provided me guidance and direction during my undergraduate years. I was fortunate enough to have him serve as my Honors Thesis Advisor and as a result spent many hours in both his campus and home offices discussing Economics and the interrelationships between Economics and the other sciences. i am so grateful to have had him as a teacher, mentor and friend. Jim was a special man with a huge heart.
Mark Hardy
Student
November 14, 2019
I took a number of economics classes from Professor Rock during 1970-1972. He had a very positive influence on my life and I have thought of him often over the years. My condolences to his family.
August 21, 2019
My condolences to the entire Rock family. Professor Rock was the main reason why i pursued both undergraduate and graduate degrees in economics at Utah. He had a profound influence on my life that cannot be overstated.
Derk Meima
July 9, 2019
I was a student of Professor Rock at the "U", and I credit him (and John Vrooman) for my love of Economics; a subject in which I majored. My condolences to his family and friends.
John Boswell
July 3, 2019
Sending my sincere condolences to your family. May prayer be a great comfort to you during this time. 1 Thessalonians 5:17
July 3, 2019
Please accept my condolences. Please know that the God of comfort feels your pain and sorrow. He actually provides something better to look forward to. Jeremiah 29:11 specifically tells us God wants to give us a peaceful "future and hope." He promises in the near future all the pain and sorrow you are experiencing about your loss will be gone and we will be able to enjoy perfect life with all our loved ones.
July 3, 2019
May theGod comfort strengthen your family during this time of deep sorrow. God will those pass on in death because they are precious in his eyes. John 6:40.
S H
July 3, 2019
I'm so sorry for your loss. May it comfort you to know that your dear loved one will return to the days of their youthful vigor as promised at Job 33:25. Please accept my sincere condolences. In this time of grief, remember to pray constantly. -1 Thessalonians 5: 17
July 3, 2019
Please accept my heartfelt condolences for your loss. May you be comforted by your cherished memories as you await the fulfillment of Gods promise to see your love one again (John 6:40)
R G
July 3, 2019
May the God of all comfort sustain you at this time of such great loss 2 Cor.1:4,5
DF
July 3, 2019
We hope you can find some comfort knowing our Creator heals the broken-hearted; He binds up their wounds". (Ps. 147:3) May the peace of God guard your hearts and the surrounding of your loved ones carry you through in this time of loss.
July 3, 2019
With deepest sympathy on the loss of your loved one.May it comfort you to know that she will return to the days of his youthful vigor as promised at Job 33:25.
L B
July 3, 2019
Family and friends as you celebrate the well lived 83 years of life of your beloved James, may all your hearts be filled with joy and laughter as you recall and share your happy memories with each other.-Psalm 90:10
D S
July 3, 2019
Please accept my condolences for the loss of your loved one. May God who binds up the broken-hearted and comforts all who mourn sustain your family during this difficult time. Isaiah 61:1,2
SR
July 3, 2019
My sincere condolences to the family and friends. As you remember your loved one, may our Father, the God of all comfort, give you comfort and peace. Psalms 94: 18,19.
July 3, 2019
Sending you my condolences at this time of your loss
July 3, 2019
During this time of great sorrow and pain, know that you are not alone. May God give your family strength and comfort to help you endure this time of loss. As you remember your beloved one, may our Father, the God of peace, give you comfort and peace in every way today, tomorrow, and always. Please accept my sincere condolences. 2 Thessalonians 3:16
Monics
July 3, 2019
I'm so sorry for your loss. May it comfort you to know that your dear loved one will return to the days of their youthful vigor as promised at Job 33:25. Please accept my sincere condolences. In this time of grief, remember to pray constantly. -1 Thessalonians 5: 17
July 3, 2019
Please accept my sincere condolences. May God bring everlasting comfort to your hearts and give you the strength to endure this difficult time.
(2 Thessalonians 2:16,17
July 3, 2019
My sincere condolences to Mr. Rock's family. May the God of comfort sustain you at this difficult time. 1 Thessalonians 4 : 13,14.
JS
July 2, 2019
Professor Rock was much loved by his students. He was a wonderful person, and he will be greatly missed. Sincerely, Cory Meyer Kanth
Cory Kanth
Student
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