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George Lane Stocking

07/26/1927 - 03/30/2018
Service Date: 04/13/2018
Service Time: 11:00 AM
Service Location: Holy Cross Catholic Church, 1244 S. Power Rd., Mesa, Arizona

George Lane Stocking passed away on March 30, 2018 after living a long life filled with family, faith, aerospace engineering, the Phoenix Suns, Louis L’Amour novels, country western music, and chocolate. Of all those, we’re sure that he loved his family best but he would have fought you for the fudge and the Sons of the Pioneers tapes.

He was born in Nebraska in 1927, enlisted in the Navy during World War II, and married Patricia while obtaining his degree in mechanical engineering at Iowa State University. After a distinguished career designing guidance controls for unmanned spacecraft, he retired and spent all his time and energy with Pat in Prescott and in Phoenix.

George was a man of many diverse interests and talents. An avid horseman, student of flamenco guitar, sailing, a one-time Philadelphia Mummer (complete with ostrich feathers, sequins and a banjo), Model A enthusiast and Arthur Murray dance instructor, he excelled in public speaking and sharing his humorous stories. 

He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Patricia; their children, Barbara; George and his wife Mary; Mary and her husband Martin Haub; Elizabeth and her husband Craig Evans; ten grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.  

George is preceded in death by his parents, George and Dorothy; his sisters, Jean and Jessica, and his beloved son, Patrick. 

A Mass celebrating George’s life will be held 11 a.m. Friday, April 13th at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 1244 S. Power Rd, Mesa, AZ. Reception will follow.

George’s enthusiasm for life was exceeded only by his faith and compassion for those in need. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Little Sisters of the Poor or St. Vincent de Paul Society, organizations he supported for many years.



  • Gale and Jim Payne

    We are so sorry for your loss, but George Lane Stocking lives on through his loving family.

  • Cherylene Evans

    A lovely obituary for and outstanding man. He lived life to its fullest. I know he will be missed.

  • Such a legacy of children and grandchildren to be blessed with. He lives on through all of you. May your burden of sorrow and loss be lessened through faith in the Lord and gazing at George’s beautiful grandchildren. Much love from Farmington.

  • One living legacy of George’s is his unique and breakthrough hardware for some American spacecraft. To this day his enabling hardware flies in the space day and night!

  • My deep condolences to the Stocking family,
    I was really touched by the loss of your loved one. When a precious loved one falls asleep in death, it brings to mind God’s precious son Jesus. It is comforting to note how he viewed death. I would like to share it with you from the gift that the Most High God has given to each & everyone of us. Yes, His written word the Bible. In the Book of John chapter 11 verses 11-14 please, notice that Jesus viewed death as one Sleeping. He viewed death in such a comforting way. And, the Most High God promises that we can have the opportunity to see our loved ones again in perfect health (Psalms 83:18, Acts 24:15, & Isaiah 33:24). He even says where: Psalms 37:11 and for how long Psalms 37:29). I really hope that these promises were as comforting to you as they were to us when our daughter died and also when my precious husband of 50 years fell asleep in death due to cancer. I truly understand the pain that comes from losing someone so precious to us.
    Written to you in deep sympathy,

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