Alan C. Pocta, age 82, of the 2900 block of Bray Road, Virginia Beach,
died January 9, 2008 at a local hospital.
He is the son of the late Charles and Evelyn Ineman Pocta, and was born
July 2, 1925 in Cleveland, Ohio. His mother, whom he loved very dearly, passed away at an early age and he was later raised by his stepmother, Ann Pocta and Charles Pocta.
Alan is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Verna, his sister Audrey Woznicki of Cleveland, Ohio; two sons; Mark Pocta of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, and Myles Pocta and his wife Rene of Virginia Beach, and four grandchildren Andrew, Christopher, Travis, and Lindsay.
Mr. Pocta was an Army veteran of WWII Pacific Theater, having fought in Guam and Okinawa. After serving in the military, he attended and
graduated from Case Western Reserve College in Cleveland Ohio in 1951 with a B.S. in Geology. He worked for Cities Service Oil Company Citgo as a field engineer and geologist and later held similar positions at Southland Corporation. He was also a member of the American Society of Petroleum Operations Engineers.
Alan was a longtime volunteer and member of the Virginia Beach Master
Gardeners Association. He was a passionate gardener who truly enjoyed
working with his hands. He had a healing touch with all sorts of plants, tropical and domestic, and a special interest for curing sick plants and trees. Alan was recognized by the City of Virginia Beach for raising a champion magnolia tree at his residence.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, January 14 at St Nicholas
Catholic Church at 11:00 am .
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Virginia Beach Master
Gardeners Assocation, 2449 Princess Anne Road, Building 14, Virginia
Beach, Virginia 23456 or the St. Labre Indian School Educational
Association at www.stlabre.org.