William Dean Flock

August 25, 1936 – January 24, 2023


LARAMIE – William Dean Flock, 86, of Laramie, passed away on Tuesday, Jan.24, at Ivinson Memorial Hospital in Laramie. 

Dean was born Aug. 25, 1936, in Garfield County, Nebraska, to Freida Louise and William Jennings Bryan Flock. Alongside five siblings, he grew up on a farm outside Ericson, Nebraska, milking cows and growing watermelon. Through eighth grade, he attended a one-room schoolhouse. 

From 1951-1955, he attended Ord High School where he excelled at football, basketball, track and baseball. Dean was awarded a football and baseball scholarship to the University of Nebraska where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education. He met his wife, Phyllis Kay Christensen, in high school, and they were married in 1959. 

Dean served two years in the U.S. Army ROTC in Fort Ord, California from 1963-1965. He returned to the University of Nebraska to earn a Master of Arts in Secondary Education. In 1970, he earned his Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Nebraska. He moved with his family to Seattle, Washington for a two-year internship in surgery residency at Harborview Medical Center and Swedish Medical Center. He finished his specialized residency in Urology at the University of Kentucky. In 1975, Dean and Phyllis moved the family to Laramie.

Dr. Flock spent 46 years in private practice serving the people and communities of Laramie, Rawlins, Wheatland and Torrington. From house calls to hospital rooms, Dr. Flock cared deeply for his patients. He dedicated his life to providing high quality urological care to the people of southeast Wyoming. He loved his work, patients and colleagues very much. His greatest joy was being able to help patients heal and feel better.

Dean was a devout Christian. He enjoyed being outdoors and spent many days gardening, farming, fishing, hunting, horseback riding and rafting. He was an avid Huskers, Cowboys and Rockies fan with a thirst for a good glass of wine. Dean was committed to his physical fitness; played handball, lifted weights and always ran stairs. 

William Dean Flock is survived by his wife, Phyllis of Laramie, four children; Jennifer (George) Marble of Virginia, Jolene Lockwood of Laramie, Jason Flock of Laramie, Jessica (Dewey) Flock of Laramie and his brother Ron Flock of Papillion, Nebraska. Additional survivors include three grandchildren Taylor (Nicole) Lockwood of Evans, Colorado, Bailie (Cameron) Clark of West Virginia, and Zachary (Kaitlyn) Marble of Billings, Montana, as well as two great grandchildren; Xyla and Miles Clark. 

He was preceded in death by his parents Freida & Bill, Louise (sister), Marlene (sister), Rosie (sister) and Dixie (sister). 

A Celebration of Dean’s life will be from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb.4, 2023 at the Holiday Inn Express in Laramie. 

Memorial donations may be made to the Prostate Cancer Foundation @ https://www.pcf.org/ or Home on the Range Animal Haven @ https://www.laramiehomeontherange.org/.