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John Joseph Gocke

January 25, 1932 February 27, 2019
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John Joseph Gocke, aged 87, died on Wednesday, February 27th at his home in Folsom, California, with family by his side.

He was born in Los Angeles on January 25th, 1932 to Robert and Ethel (Allen) Gocke. He was married in 1954 to Sandra Gail (Lane) in Redondo Beach, California.


He joined the Navy after high school and then went into Law Enforcement as a Deputy Sheriff for LASO. After earning his Bachelors Degree from Long Beach State, he transferred to the Los Angeles County District Attorneys Office in 1955, where he held a long and interesting career as a DA Investigator. He retired in 1988 as a Lieutenant in the Organized Crime Division.


John was a man of great integrity and honesty with a deep reverence to his Catholic Faith. When he could no longer physically get to mass on Sunday, he watched the mass in his living room each morning at five. He was extremely hard working, generous, and a handyman extraordinaire that could fix, rig, or build anything. One of the highlights of his year was the annual fishing trip to Bridgeport, CA with his family.


He was a dedicated and loving husband and father who was proud of his German and Irish roots. He had a dual citizenship with the country of Ireland. He also had a wicked sense of humor, never ‘missed a trick’, and nobody could ‘pull a fasty’ on him all the way to the end.


He moved to Folsom, California after retiring and spent many happy years with Sandra, until her passing in 2011. He will be reunited with Sandra, his daughter Suzanne, and all his family in heaven.


He is survived by his children, Kathy (Peter) Buongiorno, Judy Gocke, Mary Evans, John W. Gocke, Jennifer Gocke, and his grandchildren, Katie (Oren), Big Joe, Jamie, Krissy, Bree, Alexis, Amanda, Alayna, Joe, Ricky, Shelby and Jack. Also surviving are numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Funeral will be held on March 22, 10 AM at Santiago de Compostela Church, 21682 Lake Forest Dr., Lake Forest, CA.

Interment of ashes following mass at Ascension Cemetery, 24754 Trabuco Rd., Lake Forest, CA


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