Donald Eugene Mock Ph.D., 74, of Manhattan, passed away Monday, April 15th. He was a retired professor at KSU with the extension service. Donald was born in Montrose, Colorado on December 30, 1938, son of the late Guy Mock and Rosetta (Paxton) Mock-Bond.
Don graduated from high school and left home at the age of sixteen. He received a bachelors degree from Western State Colorado University in Gunnison, Colo., he financed his way through college with night, weekend, summer jobs as well as with scholarships. All of these jobs and others took him to interesting places. Don taught science, language arts, and other courses in public schools for seven years, worked at construction jobs and becoming a journeyman carpenter. He entered the graduate program at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY where he earned a Ph.D. in Economic Entomology. He joined the KSU staff in 1973, retiring in 2001. When Don retired he stayed involved with medical and veterinary entomology, publishing books of poetry, and spending as much time as possible on his ranch in the Flint Hills near Chalk, KS.
On June 30, 1963 at Montrose, Colorado he was united in marriage to Patsy Noland who survives him of the home. Also surviving is a daughter, Linda Mock, of Kansas City, MO; two sons Jeff Mock, husband of Michelle of St. Louis, MO; Bill Mock, husband of Robin of Dublin, CA; five grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Don was proceeded in death by his parents, three brothers and one sister.
Cremation has been chosen and a family & friends gathering will be announced at a later date. The family request donations to Terry C. Johnson Center for Basic Cancer Research – KSU, 1 Chalmers Hall, Manhattan, KS 66506.
Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home & Cremation is handling arrangements. For more information or to send an email condolence visit irvinparkview.com or on facebook.