- 75 years old
- Date of birth: Feb 9, 1941
- Place of birth:
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
- Date of passing: Jul 4, 2016
- Place of passing:
Seattle, Washington, United States
|Lael, we miss you.|
W. Lael Prock, beloved son, brother, husband, father, uncle, grandfather, and friend, passed gently away on July 4, 2016.
Lael was born on February 9, 1941, in Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii, to Barbara West Prock and Walter Lael Prock Jr. After a brief evacuation to the mainland during the World War II the family moved to Aina Haina in East Oahu where Lael spent an idyllic childhood in paradise with his sister, Meredith, and the friends of his youth.
Lael attend Liliuokalani Elementary, Aina Haina Elementary, Stevenson Intermediate, Roosevelt High and finally Punahou School for his junior and senior years. Lael was active both in and outside the classroom, making lifelong friendships as a member of the Representative Assembly, newspaper and yearbook staffs, football manager, and the graduation committee.
The University of Oregon followed where he earned a master’s degree in Business Administration and along the way, to his everlasting joy, met Joyce Pearson. Lael and Joyce were married in June of 1964 in Medford, Oregon, before moving to Hawaii to continue their lives together. Lael began a career in marine transportation with Young Brothers and later with Dillingham. In 1968, Lael and Joyce welcomed their first son, Christopher, into the family, and then in 1970, their second son, Eric. In 1972, Lael accepted an opportunity to transfer to Seattle, Washington, to continue his career with Dillingham, and later with Alaska Marine Lines. Lael and Joyce settled on Mercer Island and soon welcomed their third son, Sumner, into the family in 1974 and their daughter, Jolā, in 1976.
The years that followed brought all the happiness and joys of raising a family until 1989 when Lael and his family suffered the devastating loss of Joyce, their wonderful and devoted wife and mother, to cancer. The next few years were difficult for the family culminating when Lael himself was also diagnosed with cancer. However, with a dedicated spirit, along with the support of his family, friends, and a talented team of doctors, Lael overcame long odds and became a cancer survivor.
Lael would happily find love again, marrying Michelle Maurer in 1995, and adding three wonderful stepchildren, Ericka, Alyson, and Tyler to the family. In 2000 Lael retired from his professional endeavors to focus on enjoying time with his growing family, his friends, and his passion for golf.
Lael spent the later years of his life as a devoted and doting Granddad who reveled in spending as much time as possible with his 11 grandchildren. His home on Mercer Island was often overflowing with family during holidays and special events. Lael’s vision for his family included the building of a vacation home in Eastern Washington designed to serve as another gathering spot for the entire family during the summer months.
Lael is survived by his wife Michelle; his four children, Christopher (Melissa), Eric (Tracy), Sumner (Marianna), and Jolā (Curtis); his three stepchildren Ericka (Don), Alyson (Ed), and Tyler; his 11 grandchildren, Griffin, Logan, Stella, Sophia, Marisa, Sadie, Clara, Cooper, Gabriel, William, and Mckenna; his sister Meredith ... and a host of dear friends.
He will be remembered as a husband … a father … a brother … an icon of strength and courage … a singular man. His memory will forever live on.
Lael will be interred at the Oahu Cemetery in paradise. A private family memorial will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to the following charities:
The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
The Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center is dedicated to the elimination of cancer and related diseases as causes of human suffering and death. The Hutch conducts research of the highest standards to improve prevention and treatment of cancer and related diseases.
Donations may be made directly at the above website by clicking the Donate Now button and the selecting the link "to make a gift in honor or memory."
The Kokua Foundation
PO Box 4038
Honolulu, HI 96812
The Kokua Foundation is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation founded to provide scholarships to talented students wishing to attend Punahou School who would otherwise be unable to do so.
Donations may be mailed directly to the address listed above with a note indicating "in memory of W. Lael Prock."
"Christmas is coming and I will miss your newsy Christmas letter this year. Rest in Peace my third cousin. I will miss my genealogy partner. I hope you have met our 5X gr grandfather Henrick Paul Brack!! And having a good conversation with him.
"My good friend, I miss you dearly. The story of great friendship will be shared and remembered with your favorite Chocolate Sinclair.
Rest in peace my friend."
"Lael, I will forever recall our good times together at the U of O and our excursions to the ranch. I will miss you and our annual discussions about the Oregon football and basketball fortunes. You are a true DUCK! May you Rest in Peace and find the next Pebble Beach in Heaven!"
"Only you will understand this but thank you for the BBQ. Miss you old friend. God Speed to that forever golf course."
"Lael, our friendship was always 2,500 miles away, yet as close as an email. Now and then, a visit here or there. We always enjoyed your company and your hospitality, and now we will enjoy our memories with you. With a great big hug of Mahalo we say Aloha!"
"I will miss him dearly, but his memory will only be a thought away. Wonderful memories of visits on Oahu and Mercer Island and stories about family and genealogy. Blessings to Michelle, Meredith, and all of the ohana."
"Lael -. I remember you as one of the most popular members of our fraternity. I always think of you on the fifth day of Christmas."
"A wonderful tribute to a wonderful man. I will miss him."
"As one of Lael's old friends, who was his roommate in the Phi Kappa Sigma house at Oregon, I will truly miss him. I want to extend my heartfelt sympathy to Michelle, all of his children, and his sister Meredith. Rest in peace, Lael,"
"Lael, your friendship was heart felt while your golf game was not quite there. My heart goes out to your family and friends as there was an deep love for you by all. God bless."
"Walter, Aloha Oe, my prend! Two old guys, too stubborn for our own good. You will not be forgotten. RIP!"
"God bless you Lael.
You are missed."
Have a suggestion for us?