September 16, 2020 552 PM
On Friday, September 4, 2020, Gary B. DeCocq passed away in El Paso, Texas, at the age of 75. Gary was born on March 24, 1945 in Wichita Falls, Texas, to Oliver and Velma Cox DeCocq. As a son in a military family, Gary grew up and attended schools in various locations, but called Oklahoma his home until he joined the Marine Corps in 1963. He was a cryptologic linguist, translator, and radio communications specialist during the Vietnam War, leaving the service in 1972 at the rank of E6/SSG; he remained close to several members of Company G. He joined the U.S. Border Patrol in 1978 and was stationed in Marfa until his retirement as a senior agent in 1998. During that time he was an expert tracker, with a wealth of knowledge of the local area that he freely shared with both fellow agents and other law enforcement agencies alike. He also installed sensors, performed freight train checks and farm/ranch check operations and worked checkpoints. In 1990, Gary became a K9 handler and welcomed his beloved Doerak to the family. Together, they were instrumental in numerous narcotic seizures and human finds and took great joy in participating in drug awareness programs at various schools until Doerak’s line of duty death in 1995. He was a great mentor to all trainees that came through the Marfa sector and continued those relationships well past his retirement. In his younger years, he was a member of the Big Bend Dance Club and an avid motocross racer, enjoying annual riding trips with his friends. Gary was a lover of all things outdoors and could usually be found at Lake Amistad fishing or giving guided cave tours to tourists. He loved working the ranch, searching for arrowheads, woodworking and spending time with his family and friends. He was always willing to help a friend or neighbor and will be greatly missed throughout the community.
Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Oliver and Velma DeCocq, and wife, Angie DeCocq. He is survived by his wife, Edith DeCocq; brother Eddie (Maxine); children Mali (Mike) Cornitius, Jessica (Ira) Maxwell, Jeff (Angi) DeCocq, Clint (Jennifer) Adams and Jeffrey Adams; grandchildren Zach, Kaleb, Maya, Angelina, Phoenix, Kyle, Kelsey, Megan, Kyle and Joey. Gary was also deeply loved by innumerable other family and friends from around the world and in the Marfa area.
An outdoor memorial service will be held Saturday, October 10 at 2 p.m. at 725 S. Highland Ave, Marfa, TX 79843 (social distancing and masks will be required). The family requests that in lieu of flowers, a donation in Gary DeCocq’s name be made to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Division (www.tpwd.texas.gov).