David Rock Obituary, Death – On November 3, 2022, David Anthony Rock, who resided in Washington, District of Columbia, passed away. Anthony “Bud” and Sherry (Barndollar) Rock welcomed their son David into the world on March 7, 1990. David’s upbringing was split between the metropolitan region of Washington, District of Columbia, and overseas locations such as Brussels and Paris due to his father’s employment in the foreign service. After receiving his degree in Museum Studies from Arizona State University, he began working at the Arizona Science Center, where he eventually became the Director of Exhibits and Collections.
After moving to Washington, District of Columbia, David embarked on a career in international nonprofit work, with a particular emphasis on the provision of water and sanitation services in vulnerable communities across the world, particularly in the Middle East. David was a man with a diverse set of skills and interests. He had a strong interest in seeing the world and participating in one-of-a-kind adventures, such as acquiring the knowledge necessary for organic farming in New Zealand or rebuilding Cathar castles in Southern France. When he moved to the warm climate of Arizona, he was surprised to discover that he had a natural talent for the sport of curling.
He went on to compete around the country and had a wonderful time spending time with his friends at the Coyotes Curling Club in Tempe. In addition to that, God bestowed to David the gift of having a rock and roll heart. He had an extensive collection of recordings from a wide variety of musical styles, demonstrating his passion for the art form. He had a wealth of experience in the kitchen and was skilled in a variety of disciplines. He was a regular champion of the Trivial Pursuit circuit in addition to being a superb craftsman who specialized in refurbishing mid-century modern furniture.
David is mourned by his mother; his sister and brother-in-law, Katie and Luke Forster; his niece, Addison Forster; a number of aunts, uncles, and cousins; and his longtime partner, Laura Kline. Katie and Luke Forster are also remembered by David’s father. Additionally, he is leaving behind his cherished pet dog, Archie. David’s aunt, his maternal grandparents, and his mother all passed away before him.
David will be honored with a funeral that is just for his family and close friends. Donations to the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation’s depression research section can be made in lieu of flowers if the recipient so desires.