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DEATHS: June 20, 2001

June 20, 2001


Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Friday in First United Methodist Church in El Centro for Don W. Brock, 81, of El Centro, who died Monday in El Centro Regional Medical Center. The Rev. Suzi Jacobson will officiate.

Burial will be in Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in Point Loma.

Mr. Brock was born Dec. 7, 1919, in El Centro. He attended McCabe Elementary School and Central Union High School in El Centro. He also attended Central Junior College and University of Southern California.

Mr. Brock served in the U.S. Army from 1942-1946 and during World War II. He saw action in the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign and the Asiatic Pacific Campaign in the Philippines.


In 1946, Mr. Brock returned to the Imperial Valley and began his own farming operation. He surveyed, leveled and developed many acres of uncultivated land and brought into production some of the highest-quality agricultural land in the Valley.

He married Margaret "Maggie" E. Small on June 20, 1953.

An avid sportsman, he competed in local golf tournaments, went dove and rock hunting and enjoyed camping and fly fishing in Idaho every summer, according to family.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Imperial County Farm Bureau, Elks Lodge, El Centro Masonic Lodge, El Centro Rotary and served on the Imperial Valley sugar beet association board of directors.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Dr. Burton Brock.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret "Maggie" Brock of El Centro; son, Jamie Brock of El Centro; daughter, Patricia Brock of El Centro; brother, Warren Brock of El Centro; and grandchildren, Stephanie and Brittany Brock, both of El Centro, and Amber and Katherine Warren, both of Encinitas.

The family suggests donations to the Don W. Brock memorial fund at First United Methodist Church of El Centro or to Pioneers' Museum, 373 E. Aten Road near Imperial.


Private services will be conducted in Tucumcari, N.M., for Dwight F. Coomes, 65, of Tucumcari, a former Brawley resident who died June 12 in Tucumcari.

Burial will be private.

Mr. Coomes was born in Imperial in 1936 and married Erna Bird in Yuma in 1959.

Mr. Coomes served as an aviation mechanic in the U.S. Air Force and then returned to the Imperial Valley, where he began working as an auto mechanic for Wright and Knight in Brawley. He later was hired as a service technician by Imperial Stores and promoted to manager of the Brawley store.

The Coomeses last relocated to Tucumcari, where he was employed as a lead care technician by VanArk Nursing Care Facility until his death.

He was preceded in death by his brother Bob Coomes; and sisters, Margaret Coomes and Mary Edwards.

Survivors include his wife, Erna Coomes of Tucumcari; son and daughter-in-law, David and Beth Jennings of Escondido; daughter, Cindy Waycott of Grants Pass, Ore.; daughters and sons-in-law, Shelly and Tony Rouhotas Sr., Debbie and Rick Shehan and Andrea and Randy Lackey, all of Brawley; sons, Mitchell Coomes of Tucumcari and Lance Coomes of Brawley; brother, Tim Coomes of Diamond Bar; brother and sister-in-law, Paul and Henrietta Coomes of Lexington, Ky.; uncle and aunt, Carl and Jean Coomes of El Centro; 13 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 tonight in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for Ramona "Tony" Fourong, 82, of El Centro, who died Friday in her home. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Memorial services will be at 9 a.m. Thursday in Hems Bros. chapel in El Centro. The Rev. Jaime Escobedo of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church will officiate.

Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro, beside the graves of her late husband, Barney Fourong, who died in 1968, and mother Ignacia Leon, who died in 1972.

Mrs. Fourong was born Dec. 1, 1918, in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. She came to the United States in 1943 and married Clarence Fourong in 1944.

In the 1970s and 1980s, Mrs. Fourong enjoyed square dancing. She was a loving and caring daughter, mother, wife and friend and always helped those in need, according to family.

Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Charles B. and Rosa Fourong and Riche M. and Irma Fourong, all of Imperial; daughter and son-in-law, Jenne M. and Ronnie Golden of El Centro; grandchildren, Derrick Fourong of El Paso, Texas, and Lacy Rae and Abby Richelle Fourong, both of Imperial; and numerous nieces and nephews living in San Diego and Mexico.

The family suggests memorials be sent to the Imperial Valley Alzheimer's Association or Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church of El Centro.



Visitation will be from 6 to 9 tonight in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in Calexico for Jose Roberto Mendoza, 51, of Salinas, who died Friday in Brawley.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in Mountain View Cemetery in Calexico.

Mr. Mendoza was born Dec. 27, 1949, in Mexicali. He was raised in Calexico and attended Calexico High School. He was a field worker for Frudden Enterprises for 19 years.

Survivors include his wife, Maria M. Mendoza of Salinas; daughters, Marisol Rangel of Greenfield, Isabel Mercado of Salinas and Magdalena Mendoza of Chula Vista; sons, Roberto Mendoza of Salinas, Javier Mendoza of King City and Gerardo Mendoza of Chula Vista; mother, Maria Mendoza of Calexico; maternal grandmother, Maria de Jesus Mendoza of Calexico; and numerous sisters and brothers.

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