In Memoriam: Gerald R. Grocock

Title: In Memoriam: Gerald R. Grocock
Authors: Matt Silverman, Ed McLaughlin, and Brian Blome
Publication: The Outcrop, June 2003, p. 20

Gerald R. Grocock, of Evergreen, Colorado, passed away suddenly on March 28, 2003. He was 53.

Jerry received a Bachelor of Science in Geology from the University of Washington in Seattle, where he grew up. He then earned a Master of Science in Geology from the University of Colorado in Boulder. Jerry began his career in 1973 as a summer field geologist for Mobil Oil Corporation in Denver. During this time he did extensive surface mapping of Jurassic and Cretaceous sediments in the Lower Cook Inlet of Alaska. In 1974, Jerry was awarded a research grant from Amoco Production Company for summer field mapping and petrographic evaluation of the Pedregosa Basin in Arizona. The next year he hired on full-time with Atlantic Richfield Company in Denver as Area Geologist. While at Atlantic Richfield, Jerry was involved with the structural and stratigraphic evaluation of the Idaho-Wyoming-Utah Overthrust Belt. In addition, Jerry worked the western Uinta Basin and the Green River Basin. He also was involved in Arco’s western United States sandstone uranium project, and several of his projects resulted in the discovery of important uranium ore bodies.

In 1980 Jerry joined Louisiana Land & Exploration in Denver as Senior Geologist, where he worked primarily in the Williston and Powder River basins. In 1981, he moved to Dorchester Exploration, Inc. as Division Geologist. His exploration activity was concentrated primarily in the Powder, where he made several significant discoveries. In 1984, Jerry accepted a position with General Atlantic Resources, which later became United Meridian Corporation, Ocean Energy and Devon Energy. From Senior Exploration Geologist, he rose to Vice President of Exploration. While at this position, he oversaw numerous exploration and development plays throughout the Rockies and the Permian Basin. Perhaps most significant during this tenure was his contribution to the development of large gas reserves on the Moxa Arch of Wyoming and significant gas and oil finds in the southeast New Mexico area.

From 2002 to his death, Jerry was Vice President of Exploration and Exploitation for Ensign Oil & Gas in Denver. He loved petroleum exploration, and his enthusiasm affected all those who worked with him. A longtime member of RMAG, Jerry was also a member of AAPG and a Certified Petroleum Geologist.

In addition, Jerry was very active in two local Christian Science churches, having served as Chairman and Board Member both in Lakewood and Evergreen. Most recently he had been involved with plans to build a new church edifice in Evergreen. From 1992 to 1997, Jerry served as a board member and as Chairman of the Soda Creek Homeowners & Property Owners Association in Evergreen. In this capacity, he helped to preserve open space for Evergreen. An avid skier and hiker, Jerry had a life-long love of the mountains and glaciers in Alaska, the Pacific Northwest and Colorado, as well as the deserts of the American Southwest.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Carolyn, and their two children, Jaime, who now lives in Seattle, and Matthew, who attends Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. Other survivors include his sisters, Carol Fielding and Joanne Lonay Chapa, of Mercer Island, Washington, and their families.

One of Jerry’s many passions was the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Colorado, where from 1997 to the date of his death he actively served as a member of the department’s Advisory Board. During Jerry’s tenure on the Board, he actively raised funds to bolster graduate studies through the Bruce Curtis Graduate Student Fellowship, an endowment named for the professor who taught Petroleum Geology during Jerry’s graduate school years at CU. This endowment was near and dear to Jerry’s heart, and he was determined to make it a reality.

The family requests that donations be sent to the University of Colorado Foundation in Jerry’s memory. Any gifts received prior to June 30th, 2003, will be matched by a generous grant from another donor. Please specify that your gift is in honor of GERALD R. GROCOCK for the Bruce Curtis Graduate Student Fellowship. Checks should be made payable to the CU Foundation and mailed to: Department of Geological Sciences, Box 399 UCB, Boulder, CO 80309-0399.