October 20, 1997 – February 18, 2021
Brock William Saparto, 23, went to be with his Lord on Thursday, February 18, 2021, surrounded by the family he loved, and who loved him.
Brock will be dearly missed as a beloved son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin and friend. Those who crossed his path found a vibrant, courageous, fun-loving soul with a gentle and generous spirit. And while he left this world way too soon, his hallmark smile, fierce affection for family and friends, and confident strength of character will not be forgotten.
Brock came into this world a fighter on October 20, 1997 in Everett, Washington. He joined his older brother Hayden as the second of four children born to Jason and Amy Saparto. He later welcomed his two sisters, Antonia and Brooklynn, and the family he loved dearly was complete.
After leaving Everett, the family moved to Oregon where they forged life-long friendships and where Brock, the "BIG little brother", began his love affair with sports. In Medford, Brock worked to develop his natural talents in basketball, football and baseball. He continued to refine his skills upon moving to Texas, attending and playing high school sports at First Baptist Christian Academy (FBCA), playing an integral part in bringing the state championship baseball trophy home his senior year. He was proud to be an FBCA champion, proud to be baptized there, and proud to graduate alongside friends and teammates in 2016. He went on from there to further his education and baseball prowess, earning his Associates Degree from Northland Community & Technical College in Thief Rivers Falls, Minnesota.
Brock was authentic – he was the real deal. He was THAT guy. The one you wanted in the room. On the team. In your life. Family and friends are overflowing with precious memories of a powerful competitor, a passionate adventurer, and a selfless advocate and protector of others, especially his family. He was a shining light, with a gentle spirit, with just enough spice to keep things lively.
Brock was a capable, hardworking 6'1" gem who had a firm understanding of what was important – the simplicity of living a life with those you love. He looked to the future with anticipation, having launched a promising journeyman career, and recently purchasing a home and property in Wyoming. It was there he hoped his two dogs Sally and Duke would enjoy boundless freedom. And there he hoped to entertain family and friends hunting, fishing, and cooking up crawfish because "he loved him some crawfish".
Without a doubt, our world will be a very different place without Brock in it. We will be forever enriched for having known and loved him. The space he carved in our hearts will forever be his. Through us, his legacy of enduring love, boundless kindness and the pure joy of living will endure.
Brock was predeceased by his maternal grandfather, Richard William Ginter, and his paternal grandfather, Gilbert Anthony Saparto, who we're sure already has introduced Brock to Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, Lou Gehrig and other baseball greats.
Brock is survived by his parents Jason and Amy, siblings Hayden, Antonia and Brooklynn, maternal grandmother Sandee Ginter, paternal grandmother Janette Saparto, many beloved aunts and uncles (Tamara and Brian, Brian and Lorraine, Debbie and Cary, Steve and Erin, Ginny and Jeremy), and cousins (Johnny, Sadie, Dalton, Garrett, Wyatt, Jesse, Slade, Brennan, Madison, Ryan, Tyler, Casey, Megan, Joey, Cheyenne, Dawson and Josie), forever friends Amanda Zehr and Lindsey (Courtney) Summers, the FBCA clan, his second family Beth, Matt, Jack, Sarah, and Gabe Votaw, close family friends Dave and Sirena Pettersen, and countless adoring friends.
End-of-life arrangements are being made by Jeter Memorial Funeral Home, 311 N. Friendswood Dr, Friendswood, Texas 77546 (281) 992-7200. Condolences may be sent online to the family from their website at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
A memorial service will be held 2:00pm on Saturday, February 27, 2021, at First Baptist Church-Pasadena, 7500 Fairmont Pkwy, Pasadena TX 77505. Please be advised the church facility requires facial coverings. Please feel welcome to join the celebration of the life and spirit of Brock Saparto. For those unable to attend in person, the service will be live streamed on Facebook. Search for Amy Saparto and find the livestream memorial service link on her page at 2:00pm.
A catered reception will immediately follow at the Butler Longhorn Museum, 1220 Coryell St, League City, Texas 77573.
In lieu of the usual remembrances, the family suggests that memorial tributes be directed to the First Baptist Christian Academy Brock Saparto Memorial Scholarship Fund. Online donations can be given at https://fbcatx.org/giving/ . Checks can be mailed directly to the school as follows: First Baptist Christian Academy / re: Brock Saparto Memorial Scholarship Fund / 7500 Fairmont Pkwy / Pasadena, TX 77505.