Alden Ray Brock

Aug 31, 2001 - Jun 27, 2015


BROCK, Alden Ray
Philmont’s Fallen Scout

Alden Ray Brock, beloved son, grandson, brother, and friend, died June 27, 2015 while on a Scouting adventure at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. He was 13. Alden was born in Sacramento, California on August 31, 2001, the son of Roger and Cynthia (Saltou) Brock and lived in the Sacramento community of Rosemont his whole life.

Alden led a very active lifestyle. He was a member of Troop 380 of the Boys Scouts of America and had achieved his Star rank. Along with his love of scouting, he was captain of his wrestling team in the 8th grade at Albert Einstein Middle School, where he recently graduated. He was a great keeper in soccer and unrelenting on the field. Alden also enjoyed high adventure sports. He loved the fear and excitement of free diving for abalone with his father on the North Coast, as well as ripping it up on his dirt bike with his father, friends and little brother. He was also quite the marksman, especially with shotguns. But most of all, he enjoyed being goofy and hanging out with his many friends.

Alden has touched an unbelievable amount of lives in his 13 years. Everyone that had the privilege of
experiencing his kindness or radiant smile would say that he had a pure heart and compassion for
everybody. Alden rolled with the punches and never “let the highs get too high or the lows get too low”. He was inspired by so many; his friends, family, the adult leaders in Troop 380, as well as his wrestling coaches in middle school, who all helped him, gain confidence. One of his favorite quotes was, “The will to win is meaningless without the will to prepare to win.”

Alden leaves behind countless loved ones: his father, Roger D Brock; his mother, Cynthia (Saltou) Brock; his little brother, Russell Brock; his grandparents, Roger A & Della Brock of Sacramento, CA and Darrell &
Barbara Saltou of Yuba City, CA. Alden will be missed by many aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his Uncle Vernon “Bubba” Brock.

We want to thank our direct family, Troop 380, the LDS Church, Alden’s dearest friends, the Rosemont
Community, BSA’s GEC, Philmont and the whole nation for all your support, prayers and love during this
unimaginable time.


A celebration of life will be held on Wednesday, July 8 at 11:00 AM at the LDS Church, 3001 Wissemann Dr., Sacramento, CA 95826. A public viewing will be held prior to the funeral service from 9:00-10:30 AM. He will be laid to rest at Sierra Hills Memorial Park on Greenback Lane, Sacramento. We respectfully ask that only family attend the burial service.

Funeral Home:
East Lawn Elk Grove Mortuary
9189 E. Stockton Blvd
Elk Grove, CA
US 95624


  • Roberta Pennington says:

    Alden, You are truly missed, Rest in Peace

  • Miranda Brock says:

    So truly sorry to hear about Alden! I will keep you all in my prayers!

  • Mark and Cyndi Masterson says:

    While I never had the chance to know Alden, I did however know both of his parents. And I believe Alden grew up to be just exactly what they would have wanted him to be. It appears from what I’ve read Alden packed many more years in to his short 13 year life, than many do in decades. To Roger and Cindy hold your faith close and know that if there is “anything” Cyndi and I can do, we will do it. God bless you during this time of mourning and everafter.

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    God bless you dear ones at this horrible time

  • Scott says:

    I’m truly sorry for your loss, I had a time in scouting, and a son in scouting. It sounds like Alden was a very good and special son. Someone to be proud of.i hope your family may find peace at some point.

  • Dana Lenzo, SM-BSA Troop 59, Ruidoso, NM says:

    We send our deepest sympathies to the family of this young Scout. He sounds like he set a great example of the Scout Law. You are in our prayers.

  • Tami Stoddard says:

    So very saddened by your families loss of your son! One can never understand how such a tragedy can happen. Hold onto your wonderful memories of your son. I will continue to pray for your family and hope that at some time in your lives your hearts will feel some healing begin. Sincerely, Tami Stoddard

  • CA says:

    Prayers for comfort and strength for you, your community, and the Scouting family now and in the days and years to come. From a CT Scouting family with a son working at Philmont Ranch summer 2015.

  • Kay Patterson says:

    My heart breaks for you!

  • Christine Carter says:

    Prayer, luv and hugs to you and your family at this difficult time.

  • Victor Martinez aka Coach Martinez says:

    What can one say that hasn’t been said already about Alden, he was inspirational on the mat and off the mat hence why he was picked to be one of the captains, a joy to be around with a infectious smile, and just one of those kind of young men who you could see great things happening for. I’m sadden at the loss of him and my condolence goes to all the Brock family.

  • Tony Duke says:

    So incredibly sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you.

  • Tess Huckobey says:

    Please accept our heartfelt condolences, thoughts and prayers. Jack & Tess Huckobey

  • Peter Vanden Broeck1 says:

    Troop 662 from Shaker Heights, Ohio was also on the trail that week. Our prayers and thoughts go out to comfort you and please know thousands of Scout Families have been touched and saddened by recent events. Count all these total strangers as friends. Peter Vanden Broeck Troop 662 SH Ohio.

  • JoAnn Barney says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you mourn the loss of your dear Alden. My own son and husband were at the Ponil campsite earlier that week. On behalf of Rockville MD Troop 457, please accept our deepest condolences. May your son rest in peace.

  • Steve Dickson says:

    Troop 909 from Woodinville Washington sends its heartfelt condolences. Alden sounds like a remarkable young man. Best. Steve Dickson. ASM.

  • Christel and Collin Koranda says:

    My husband has been a scout all of his life and this tragedy touched us deeply. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Kim says:

    Sorry for your loss. Praying for you during this difficult time. RIP Alden.

  • Michael Jacques, Unit Committee Chair says:

    From Scouts and leaders Newcastle Troop 13, our deepest condolences.

  • Joan Parris says:

    May you find comfort in the knowledge that you gave him a good life experience and that he was loved by so many.

  • Stacy, Dana, & Cameron Fong says:

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family during this difficult time. My son Cameron along with his friends Patrick, Long, and Ethan will miss his antics and the crazy things he use to do very much. He made a difference in everyone he met. You will see your precious son again one day.

  • Alan Fisher says:

    It has been an honor and blessing to learn about this exceptional young man and to become acquainted with his special family. My thoughts, prayers and loving support continue with Roger, Cindy and Russell.

  • Eric Aarnio, Scoutmaster says:

    Honor , love and prayers from Troop 215, Fair Oaks, CA.

  • Rae Cline says:

    From Troop 107, Citrus Heights, Our Deepest condolences. Our Thoughts and prayers.

  • Pantaleon, Carol, Mariah, and Nic Sanchez says:

    Roger and Cindy, Our hearts break for you. An unimaginable loss of such a great son raised by great parents. Alden was lucky to have your love, support, and guidance throughout his short life as you were lucky to have Alden. Russell, Know that you were the best brother Alden could have. Cherish the memories with Alden forever. Nic sends his prayers to you.

  • Kara says:

    Pack 383 sends their hugs and support.

  • Scoutmaster says:

    Scouts and leaders of Troop 94, Folsom sends their condolences.

  • Dina Allison - Troop 466, Yolo District says:

    I am so very sorry for your loss, and my prayers are with your entire family and those close to Brock. May he rest with his Father in Heaven. Thank you for the gift of sharing Brock’s life with us.

  • Niamh McCreary - Assistant Cubmaster Pack 160 says:

    Our deepest condolences and prayers to your family from all at Pack 160, Lincoln, CA.

  • Brian C. Miller - Committe Chair Troop 435, Greenbrier, Arkansas says:

    Deepest condolences and many prayers of healing from former GEC Troop 122 Scout and all of us at Troop 435 in Greenbrier, Arkansas.

  • Crystal Hirschi says:

    I am so sorry!!!!!!!. My heart breaks for you! You are all in my prayers.

  • Rod and Kathy Hardy says:

    Cindy, Roger and Russell, We are so sorry we are unable to be there, but please know we will be there in spirit and will be thinking of you as you say goodbye to your precious son With love and prayers, Rod and Kathy

  • Toni Welch - Pack 352, Valley Springs says:

    So very sorry for your loss! Keeping your family, friends and entire scout family in my thoughts and prayers!

  • Den Mom says:

    So sorry to hear. Our thoughts are with the Brock Family-Pack 97

  • Taylor L. Andrew says:

    Deepest condolences, heartfelt sympathy, love, and prayers. May you find peace in the loving embrace of our Savior. From Alden’s teacher and case manager, and brother in the Gospel–Taylor L. Andrew

  • Bogue family says:

    Thank you for being a strong friend to our boys and for being an awesome scout God bless your family. Our prayers are with you Brick Family.

  • Diane Bingham says:

    Such a great young man, such a loss. Your family is in my thoughts. I can’t even imagine. I am so sorry.

  • The Iglesias Family says:

    So sorry for your loss. Sending my thoughts and prays to you all. Love and hugs.

  • Kimberly Trzaski- Flecha says:

    Cindy and family, I’m very sorry for the loss of your son.. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time

  • Lonnie. Sue says:

    There are no words I can say that can take your pain away. Only time. Miss Sue and I feel so sad for all of you. But know we love all of you. You are in our hearts always. May God give you strength and peace. Love to all. Unc Lonnie

  • Bob says:

    We are praying for comfort for your family and Troop. May God bless you. Troop 200 Heber Springs , AR.

  • John A Beebe Sr BSA National Committee says:

    Very sorry for your loss, lost my son 18 years ago and miss him very much. Prayers for the family and fellow Scouts and leaders

  • Trina Moumblow says:

    I share with you the condolences of the entire scouting family of Staten Island, NY, especially Troop 2. Many of our boys have been enriched by experiencing a Philmont trek. May you find comfort in your family, faith and memories. The spirit of Alden will live on in every boy that attends Philmont. Our hearts are heavy – he will not be forgotten.

  • Trina Moumblow, Troop 2 Staten Island, NY says:

    I share with you the condolences of the entire scouting family of Staten Island, NY, especially Pack & Troop 2. Many of our boys have been enriched by experiencing a Philmont trek. May you find comfort in your family, faith and memories. The spirit of Alden will live on in every boy that attends Philmont. Our hearts are heavy – he will not be forgotten.

  • Paul Johnson, Indian Nations Council, Tulsa, OK says:

    It’s sad when any young man walks on, however, it’s wonderful to know he was doing what he loved when he did. Keep on Scouting!

  • Susan Brock and Family says:

    We are so very sorry for your loss. Alden will always be in our hearts. He will be missed dearly by all who knew him. God Bless you and your family in this time of need.

  • Bob Sauer says:

    Our Lord and Savior has welcomed another into His Troop! Alden thank you so much for the lives that you touched while on this Earth and your loyalty to your community and the Boy Scouts of America. You young man lived by example the Scout Oath and Law. Bob Sauer Michigan Crossroads Council Camping & Outdoor Programs

  • Longhouse Council, Boy Scouts of America says:

    Godspeed young man. Our hearts and prayers are with you, your family and your Troop. Your spirit will undoubtedly inspire those whose lives you touched for years to come.

  • Chuck Thibodeau - Three Fires District, Michigan. says:

    On behalf of all of our scouts and leaders, may we offer our sincere condolences for your loss. It was an honor and privilege to learn and read about this exceptional young man and how he touched the lives of so many. May all the great masters and all the great scouts be with us until we meet again.

  • Raymond Rustem says:

    Our Prayers are with you. Troop 763 Mason, MI

  • Bob Bowen, Joliet, IL says:

    A man who has lived more in 13 years than some can in a lifetime yet departed so soon. I am forward to meeting you with our Great Scoutmaster. For now, you fly with the greatestbof eagles until we can join you.

  • Tim Cahoon says:

    Our prayers are with you. Troop 1677, Southfield MI.

  • Alicia M. Lifrak says:

    Our deepest condolences and sympathies to Alden’s family and friends from everyone in the Lewis & Clark Council in Southwest Illinois. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Bud Stevenson says:

    As I read about Alden, I am reminded of my own son in many ways. My son is also a Scout and was born just 11 days earlier than Alden on the other side of our great nation. My heart aches for you, and yet in my soul I know how blessed you are by God for the time you had with Alden and all the wonderful impacts he has made on this world. May God bless your family as He welcomes Alden into His Heavenly Fold. Sincerely, Bud Stevenson Troop 412 Pasadena, Md

  • Verna Funk says:

    Such a loss so great. My heart goes out to you for the loss of your son.

  • Fritz Heuser says:

    My heart goes out to Alden’s family and friends. May God be with you all.. Fritz Heuser Troop 1699 — Franklin, Michigan

  • Rekha Hamilton says:

    I am so very sorry for your loss. It’s heartbreaking! May god give you the strength you need to get through this time of great loss.

  • Daniel says:

    We are continuing to pray for this young man, his family, and his Troop. He has touched the lives of so many. Troop 274, Memphis

  • Rod Nishikawa, SM says:

    May the memories of this wonderful young man comfort you during this time and in the future. You are in the thoughts and prayers of so many within the entire BSA family. Troop 139, Davis, CA

  • Jim Sharp says:

    Did not know him but he was part of the family through the BSA and my largo out to everyone out there

  • Chris Lippert says:

    We are so sorry. Troop 635, Melrose, Massachsuetts

  • Anthony Starkey says:

    Our heartfelt condolences. Anthony Starkey & grandmother Joyce Troop 129 Britt/Virginia Mn

  • Linda says:

    Praying for your family. May your memories comfort you through this difficult time. Michigan Scouting family.

  • Sue Argo says:

    Our hearts and prayers are with family at this difficult time. My heart is heavy when I read about a young life lost. Alden sounds like he touched many lives, what an inspiration and true definition of Boy Scout. Bless you from your Scouting Family Troop 412 Omaha NE.

  • Sam Melville says:

    Thank you for your example of what it is to be a Scout! May your family be comforted by their memories of your life joyously lived, and held up by the knowledge that Scouts everywhere pray for them, and you. Mrs. M, from Troop Three Milton MA

  • Rozalinda (scoutmaster Troop 533, Crystal, MN) says:

    Wishing you wonderful memories of Alden

  • Michael Williams, Troop 220 Committee Chairman, Bountiful, Utah says:

    Until you meet again. Thoughts and prayers of comfort for your family, friends and fellow scouts.

  • Keirsty Galvin says:

    With our deepest sympathies and gratitude to a fine young man and Star Scout. Troop 648 (Scottsdale, AZ) & The Galvins

  • Judi Velasquez says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. My heart hurts for you. I have a son his age. I’m the Registrar at the GEC and my heart goes out to The Brock Family. Just know that you will meet again and he will be watching over you always.

  • Diane Weiss says:

    Our hearts break for you all but know Alden is in the hands of our Lord. Know that people are praying for your family and all the people that Alden touched in his short life. God Bless, The Weiss Family

  • Theresa says:

    My family is so sorry for your loss. Our sonnis 14 and also a boy Scout of Troop 456 in Portage Indiana. All of our hearts weigh heavy for your family and we have said prayers. If therebis anything we can do from here please let us know. Theresa, Troop 456

  • Dora Withrow says:

    I am so sad and sorry for the loss of such a young life. May he rest in peace and always watch down upon his family.

  • Steve J. (Nampa, Idaho) says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you over the coming months.

  • Toni D. says:

    Sending love and support from Troop 313 DesPeres, Mo

  • The Hanson Family says:

    Sending our love to the family.

  • Scott Kline says:

    Members of Crew 2177 from Stow, OH were on the trails at Philmont at the same time. When we heard the news, we took some quiet time to pray for Alden and his family as we continue to do so today. Philmont is a magnificent place as many people call it God’s Country. God had a plan for Alden and called him Home while there. It was truly an honor to share the trails with Alden as he sounds like an amazing Scout and son. Our deepest condolences and prayers continue to be with you.

  • Melissa Gerrits & Pack 28 says:

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to The Brock Family. There are no words that can make this better. Please take comfort in your wonderful memories.

  • MIchelle F. says:

    I am so terribly sorry for your loss. You don’t know me but my son is a member of Troop 358 in Ohio and visited Philmont last year. My heart aches for all of you. Please know that the thoughts and prayers of so many are with you during this difficult time.

  • Zella Schoonmaker says:

    My heart goes out to your family. My grandson will always have wonderful memories of camp trips

  • freddy stephens says:

    Was at Philmont Base Camp when the storm hit, We too was headed for North Philmont. Troop 97 In Hattiesburg MS did and continues to pray for Alden’s family. Loosing a scout is a brother!

  • Debbie and Gordon, Vacaville, CA says:

    We grieve with you and pray that your sorrow will be lifted by the sweet memories you have for a wonderful son.

  • Emily Craig says:

    I’m so very sorry for your loss.

  • Tammie Sporer, Mark Sporer committee chair and Scoutmaster says:

    We at Pack and Troop 100 Rio Linda CA are very sorry for your loss. May he rest in peace.

  • Sue Bell Tankersley says:

    So sorry for the loss of Alden. Taken too soon. May he rest in eternal peace.

  • gabe negrete says:

    Thanks for being a good friend and wrestling partner. I will never forget your wrestling spirit, funny jokes and just being a cool guy. You were are one of the funniest kids I know. I will miss you.

  • Wendy Money says:

    I remember Alden as a smiley, active Kindergartner at Sequoia Elementary. I can still see his smile as memory of a life well-lived. God has a plan and will comfort aching hearts, too.

  • Scott Neil says:

    Our scouts and crew were at Philmont On June 27, just a few miles west of the Indian Writings camp where this tragedy occurred. When we heard of Alden’s passing we prayed for him and all of his loved ones. Please accept our condolences, and know that your son & brother has taken his wonderful spirit and enthusiasm home to be with our God.

  • Aaron P says:

    As our crew had crossed the treacherous rivers and streams the night before, hearing the rumbling noises throughout the North Ponil area, Circle Ten Council in Irving, Texas, Troop 606’s blessings are with you. May he rest in peace

  • Auntie Vera says:

    My dear sweet nephew I will continue to carry you in my heart every day. I love you so muc

  • CRM Staff says:

    It’s always sad to hear a life like these are taken. Down here in Camp Rainey Mountain, we have a wound left very fresh by out late TNT Director, Wylder Nichols. Our wound is still very fresh, as is yours. our biggest condolences down here in Northeast Georgia. We will be praying for Alden’s family. – the staff of CRM

  • Nate Barrett says:

    Troop 1535 is very sorry for what happened to your son. Our hearts are broken, we are praying for your comfort…we have no words to describe your loss.

  • Kristi Burnett says:

    With heavy heart, I look across the beautiful Philmont countryside and think about your wonderful son. I pray that you can find peace. No words can ever bring you the comfort you need, but please know that you have the entire Scouting community behind you. YIS, Kristi Burnett Unit 24, Mohawk District Quapaw Area Council Little Rock, Arkansas

  • Peaches Miller says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Alden and those who loved him. I was a leader of a crew from Ct, we experienced Philmont 8yrs ago.I wanted to express my deepest condolences to Alden’s Mom, Dad, Brother, and loved ones, please know scouters in Ct are thinking of you.

  • Chris Taylor - a long ago scout from Tx says:

    Praying for the Brock family. Let the strength of your family and the positive energy of Alden help you through. Special prayers for the little brother. Don’t the loss of your big brother define you. Live as he lived and you honor him.

  • Barry Donewar says:

    I just read an updated article about this tragedy and my heart aches for Alden’s family and fellow Scouts. As a Scoutmaster, I could never imagine losing one of my boys…as a parent, a living nightmare. Our thoughts and prayers are with you now and forever. BSA Troop 1101 Gretna, Louisiana

  • Patrick Keegan, Asst. Scout Master for Troop 3000 says:

    Roger, Cynthia and Russell, I was in Philmont on the last night of our Trek when this tragedy hit. Alden and your whole family have been in my thoughts and prayers since the moment we found out. I am running the Chicago Marathon this Sunday, October 11th and with your permission, I’d like to run in honor of Alden. If I can ever be of service to you, please let me know. Patrick Keegan Asst. Scout Master Troop 3000 678-787-3406

  • Isaac Waite says:

    Alden we all miss you sooooooooo much! It is so hard to believe. Even after all this time. I hope the Lird has guided you spirit in the right direction and has taken loving care of your spirit and your family! Love you Ald!

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