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Donald L. LaRock, 80, of South Main Street, Waterbury, passed away
at Woodridge Nursing Home in Berlin on Sunday, December 21, 2008. Born
in Forest Dale on September 15, 1928, Don was the son of the late Dewey
and Agnes (Dimick) LaRock. On January 16, 1960, he married the former
Patricia Donahue in Waterbury. Patricia passed away on August 12, 2005.
Don attended schools in Forest Dale and was a 1948 graduate of Brandon High School. A member of the Vermont Army National Guard, Don was activated during the Korean War, serving from 1949 until his discharge in 1951.
Don worked for the F.A. Tucker Co. for 10 years setting utility poles before being employed by Pike Industries as an equipment operator, retiring in 1996 after 36 years of service. Don continued with Pike on a part-time basis until 2002. During the winter months Don worked for the Sugarbush Ski Area as a trail groomer for many years.
A 32-year member of the Waterbury Village Fire Department, Don served in all of the department offices including fire chief for 10 years. In honor of his dedicated service the Fire Tower Truck was named "Donald L. LaRock Tower Company" by the department. His other memberships included the Vermont Fire Chiefs Association, the Waterbury Area Senior Citizens, Grace Episcopal Church in Forest Dale, the Brandon High School Alumni Association and he was a member for over 50 years of the Harry N. Cutting American Legion Post 59 of Waterbury.
Donald loved his family very much and took great pleasure in the time spent with his grandsons, who meant the world to him. Once a firefighter, always a firefighter and even though Don had retired from the department due to declining health, his interest and soul remained intertwined with the fire fighting community.
Don is survived by his son, Michael D. LaRock and his wife Diane of Waterbury; his four grandsons, Matthew LaRock, Stephen LaRock, Christopher LaRock and Tyler LaRock; his sister, Thelma LaCross of Brownington; his brother, Roger LaRock of Pittsford; as well as nieces, nephews and extended family. Don was predeceased by his son, Donald Patrick "Pat" LaRock, and by his brother, Arnold John LaRock.
Friends gathered at the Waterbury Village Fire House, South Main Street, Waterbury for an open house and reception in honor of Donald L. LaRock on Saturday, December 27, from 1 to 4 p.m. with the "Final Alarm" toned at 3:30 p.m. Spring inurnment will take place in Holy Cross Cemetery, Duxbury. The family requests that flowers be omitted; rather memorial gifts would be appreciated to either the C.C. Fisher Fund, c/o the Waterbury Fire Department, 51 South Main Street, Waterbury, VT 05676, or to Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641. Assisting the family is the Perkins-Parker Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Waterbury. To send online condolences please visit www.perkinsparker.com.