Dick was the President of the National Livestock Marketing Association and in 1980 held the national convention in San Luis Obispo County which included hosting the world champion auctioneer contest at the Templeton Livestock Market. The first time ever held on the West Coast. It was a huge event with people from around the world in attendance and 4500 head of cattle were auctioned off during the one day contest!
Dick served on the San Luis Obispo County Cattlemen’s Association for nearly 60 years, he was a mentor to countless cattlemen and cattlewomen not only locally but across the nation. He always took the younger generation under his wing and got them involved at all levels of the industry. He had an impact on multiple generations, and to the date of his passing many of the SLO County Cattlemen’s Association kids would always make a point to walk up and say hello to Dick. He was very unique in every way and everyone wanted a little time with him.
Dick’s passion for education and our youth extended to the Midstate Fair where he established the Cattlemen’s Day and organized the Jr. Livestock Sale supporting 4-H and FFA. He was the founder of the Junior Livestock Support Club which assisted kids during sale time at the fair and sponsored the carcass contest at the conclusion of the fair. Dick organized one of the very first replacement heifer sales, many fairs after this modeled their show off this one. He also served on the California Mid State Fair Board of Directors for 8 years.
Dick served on the SLO Mission High School Board of Education and was the co-founder of the Mission School Memorial Foundation of 1975. This was special to him because his daughters had attended the elementary and junior high school. It was always his wish that San Luis Obispo also have a Catholic high school.
Surrounded by a devoted family and a loyal community of friends, he remains the consummate cattleman (a fighting Irishman) with a never-ending enthusiasm for life. Those who were fortunate enough to know him were always greeted with a nickname or endearment. His no nonsense approach preceded him but a heart of gold and affectionate, charismatic demeanor distinguished him.
Dick was married to Yvonne Gilardi Nock for 65 years. He is also survived by his daughters, Brandelyn Tronstad (Tom) Marque’ Nock Molodanof (Jack) and Bretta Nock, granddaughters, Nicole Tronstad (Adam), Olivia, Sofia, Yvonna; a great grandson Julien, his sister, Patricia Marlo, nieces Kimber Collins, Kami Davis, Bridgit Karo and nephew Jock Marlo….and his herd of cows.
In lieu of flowers and gifts, donations may be sent to a special fund that has been established in Dick’s memory for his many contributions to agriculture – the funds generated will be used to honor Dick through the 4-H and FFA Beef Exhibitors at the Mid State Fair in Paso Robles. Donations can be made out to San Luis Obispo County Cattlemen’s Association c/o the Dick Nock Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 302, Paso Robles, CA 93447.
A celebration of his life will be planned in early Spring 2021.