Gary Paul RostockFebruary 3, 1948 ~ July 27, 2017 (age 69)
A great husband, son, brother, friend, father, Gary Paul Rostock was born during one of the worst blizzards of 1948 in Boise, Idaho. On February 3, his mother, Marilyn, went into labor. The only vehicle available for the trip was a delivery truck that featured a driver’s seat and a lot of milk crates, so she rode on a crate to the hospital. Rusty and Marilyn were so proud of their firstborn son and loved him with all of their hearts.
Gary was very close with his grandmother Ruby Tandy and she taught him good, strong Christian values that guided him for the rest of his life.
Five years later, Rusty and Marilyn gifted Gary with a little brother, Thor. Gary and Thor got into shenanigans on a regular basis and everyone had a funny story or two (or 3 or 12) to tell about those boys. As they grew, they enjoyed taking walks together and appreciated being true confidants and friends to share stories about their dad.
Gary graduated from Borah High School in 1966, dating his first love and later wife, Mary Lou Griffiths. They were married in 1968 and heralded the birth of their beautiful daughter, Debra Jean, in 1969.
He attended the University of Idaho and graduated from Boise State College with his degree in Sociology in 1971.
He and Mary Lou parted ways and he met his next love, Linda Lee Michael. They married in 1980 and had two daughters, Valorie Kay in 1983 and Kathleen Marie in 1985.
Gary loved his little girls, giving each of them special nicknames that made them giggle. He enjoyed music and sung to his girls often, teaching them the best songs from Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Beatles, The Doors, and Meatloaf.
After separating from Linda, Gary met his soul mate, Deanna Lee McCloy. Deanna brought three of her own children, Josh, Dale, and Ben and together they built a Brady-Bunch-like family. With the strife and arguments that a house full of five kids and two adults bring, they held strong and worked together to ensure happiness and prosperity within their blended family.
Gary was a gentle soul who was truly loved by everyone who knew him. Everyone had kind words to say when speaking about Gary. Among his greatest of passions in life was to make people laugh, feel good, and he enjoyed sharing witticisms or strange wisdom with family and friends. He loved teaching anyone who wanted to learn (and even those who did not). We will always remember to eat our toast crust, because it puts hair on our chest, and happiness is running water.
Sixty-nine years of life and enriching the lives of everyone he knew, Gary left this world after succumbing to complications from brain surgery on July 27, 2017. The hole he left in many hearts can never be filled, however we will always cherish and hold dear our memories of his laughter and love of his family. Gary was generous and kind, as well as a free spirit whose influence will not soon be forgotten.
He was a member of the Boise Vista Lions and The Maple Grove LDS Ward.
Gary is survived by wife Deanna Rostock; brother Thor (Ann) Rostock; children Debi (Dino) D’Amico, Valorie (Bradley) Smart, Katie (Stefan) Lorenz, Joshua (Lindsey) Hunter, Dale (Cindy) Hunter, Benjamin (Camie) Hunter; grandchildren Alanna Hunter, Nicolas & Kiara D’Amico, James & Shinook Hunter, Zach & Aaron Hunter, Holden & Chase Smart, and Lily Hunter; uncles Eric (Dee) and Woo; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents, Marilyn May Tandy and Paul “Rusty” Herman Rostock.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Idaho/E Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation or to the Gary Rostock Memorial Fund at US Bank.