Gary Pocock ('69)
College Director, Engineering & Technology
After graduation from Idaho Falls High School, Gary attended Brigham Young University, where he graduated with a bachelor of engineering science degree in 1969. He later did graduate work at Texas A&I University (now Texas A&M University – Kingsville) and the University of Idaho.
He was initially employed by Celanese Chemical Company in its Bishop, Texas, petrochemical facility.
Gary joined Allied Chemical Corporation in Idaho Falls in 1974, and worked as a project engineer in a nuclear fuels reprocessing facility.
In 1977, he accepted employment with the Arabian American Oil Company (Aramco). He worked briefly in the Netherlands as a project engineer and then was transferred to Saudi Arabia, where he worked as an operations engineer and subsequently filled several engineering and operations management positions in the Ju’aymah Gas Plant and Ras Tanura Refinery.
He retired from Aramco in 1996 and he and his wife moved to Provo, Utah, where they currently reside.
After retirement, Gary chaired a committee that drew up the constitution and bylaws for the BYU Chemical Engineering Alumni Society and served a two-year term as a member of the society’s board. He is currently a member of the Advancement Council for Engineering and Technology for the Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering.
Gary is married to Christina Louise Brunt. They have five children and nineteen grandchildren. He served as a full-time missionary in the Western Canadian Mission. He has also served as bishop in Kingsville, Texas, and as branch president, bishop, and president of the Arabian Peninsula Stake (since named the Manama Bahrain Stake). Following retirement, Gary and Chris served as mission president and companion in the Nebraska Omaha Mission from 1997-2000 and then briefly in the Texas Fort Worth Mission in the same capacity. He served as an Area Seventy in the Utah South Area from 2001 to 2009. Gary currently serves as gospel doctrine teacher, sealer in the Provo Utah Temple and on the executive board of the Utah National Parks Council, Boy Scouts of America.