Jon Lindell Brock

Jon Lindell Brock

1941 – 2019Brock, Jon

Jon Lindell Brock, age 77, of Edmond, OK, passed away on Wednesday, August 21, 2019, after a long illness. He was born to John and Florene Brock on October 15, 1941 in Duncan, Oklahoma. He was raised in southern Oklahoma, graduating from Duncan High School in 1960. He went to Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma, while working for Sears, Roebuck & Company in the Credit Department. He then transferred to Central State College in Edmond, now the University of Central Oklahoma, where he received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in English in 1965. Jon had minors in chemistry and business administration because of his varied interests. His liberal arts education, plus his gregarious personality and winsome smile, made him well-suited for his employment positions to come. While attending Central State, he met his college sweetheart, Lonnie Kinney. They were married in 1966. Upon graduation from college, Jon accepted a position with Halliburton Services, a worldwide oil service company for whom he had worked as a lab technician during the summer while in college. His various positions included: “basic training” in field operations and being on twenty-four-hour call; sales; marketing; marketing management; and as Division Operations Manager Over Southern Europe and West Africa while living in Paris, France, 1990-1992.

Jon served the state for fifteen years as the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission in the administrations of Governor Frank Keating, Governor Brad Henry, and Governor Mary Fallin. He retired in 2010.

Although Jon enjoyed his long and varied careers, the most exciting and rewarding event in his life occurred in March 1969 when he truly understood the price Jesus Christ paid for him to be forgiven of all sin! When he opened his heart and believed the simple truth of John 3:16-18, “the things of earth grew strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.” He and Lonnie were given individual personal attention to help them grow and mature in their walk with Christ.

Understanding the importance of that concept, they have delighted in sharing the gospel and in helping young believers grow to maturity so that they, too, can “pass it on!” Although Jon experienced serious health concerns the last eighteen years of his life, including a liver transplant, cancer, heart and kidney issues, he remained firm in his resolve to encourage younger believers to follow Christ and fulfill the Great Commission. He derived great satisfaction as he saw spiritual generations develop, just as Jesus had commanded.

Jon and Lonnie enjoyed fifty-three years of marriage and have two married daughters: Amanda and Luke Patterson of Stafford, VA, and Julie and Jason Smith of Edmond. Jon is also survived by five grandchildren: Jon Patterson of Bloomington, IN; Victoria Patterson, and Conner Patterson of Stafford, VA; Anna Smith, and Ava Smith of Edmond, OK. Other survivors include: Sister-in-law Jere Knox of Duncan, OK; nieces, Renanne and Dr. Joel Milner of DeKalb, IL; Bronwyn and Dean Pankonien of Coppell, TX; Fara Brock and Dr. Nader Sharobianlou of Mountain View, CA; and several grandnieces/nephews. Jon was preceded in death by his father and mother, and his only sibling, George Brock, of Duncan, OK.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation be made to Faith Bible Church, 600 N. Coltrane, Edmond, OK 73034, for the Chris and Sarah McLaughlin Fund.

A public visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 28 from 9:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Matthews Funeral Home in Edmond, OK. Services will be held on Thursday, August 29 at 10:00 A.M. at First Presbyterian Church, 1001 S Rankin St, Edmond, OK 73034.

6 thoughts on “Jon Lindell Brock”

  1. AK Armstrong

    Our thoughts and prayers to your families at the loss of Mr. Brock. Former OESC manager, Enid. ‘Appreciated his service.

  2. Sandra Oliver

    My condolences to the Jon Brock family. As a former OESC employee, Mr. Brock was an awesome Director. He was a man of God, though he didn’t speak, you could see it in his actions. Family, look to the hills, our help comes from God. He will not leave you, nor forsake you. God will grant each of you, peace and many blessings.

  3. Oscar Jackson

    It was an honor and privilege to work with Jon Brock during his fifteen year tenure as OESC Executive Director from 1995-2010. The people of Oklahoma and the State of Oklahoma greatly benefited from his outstanding public service.

    Oscar Jackson, Retired Administrator of the Oklahoma Office of Personnel Management and Cabinet Secretary of HR and Administration (1991-2011)

  4. Glenda Owen

    May your hearts be comforted through your loss. My prayers are with all of you. I worked at OESC while he was there.

  5. Praying for comfort and blessings for Lonnie and the family. Words cannot express the appreciation for the friendship that the Kerr Family has had with the Brock Family. Many wonderful memories of Jon. I thank God for the spiritual legacy of Jon Brock!

    Matthew 5:16

    Kerry Kerr
    Carl Junction, MO

  6. Robert Duggins

    Dear Lonnie, how sad to hear of Jon’s departure from this life but we know he is rejoicing at being home with Jesus and free from all health issues. We send you our love and wish we could be with you, but that was not to be. How fondly we call our times together in college and the years following when we lived in Oklahoma. Please know that we are praying for you and the family as you deal with the loss.

    In His love,
    Bob & Charla Duggins

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