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Edwin Joe Hancock
E. Joe Hancock, DDS, passed
away on Friday, February 12,
2021 at the age of 86, after a
31 year battle with colon cancer.
He was supported during his
final illness by his far-flung
family and zoom electronic
technology, bringing together
members in New York, Boston,
Salinas and Melbourne, Australia
for very frequent visits.
Born in Clarion, Iowa, to John
and Clara Hancock, Joe moved with his family to Oelwein,
Iowa, graduating from Oelwein HS in 1953. He attended the
State University of Iowa for undergraduate study, followed by
graduation from SUI School of Dentistry in 1959.
generations within families—many of whom became friends.
He and Linda were quickly absorbed into the life of the community,
which at that time had a population of a mere 52,000.
Joe never neglected his obligation to his chosen home town,
serving in various board positions with the United Way, The
Salvation Army, The Community Concert Association, Chairman
of the Park and Recreation Commission and as Vice President
of the Monterey County Symphony. He was a director of the
California Rodeo, serving as chairman of the Miss CA Rodeo
Committee for over 15 years. He received the Saddleman’s
Award in 2004. Professionally he served as president of the
Monterey Bay Dental Society, becoming a delegate to the
CDA House of Delegates.
Joe enjoyed a very strong spiritual life, demonstrated by his
devotion to his church, First Presbyterian Church in Monterey.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Linda, and lovingly
remembered by his children, Nancy Hancock Baker and
Tom Hancock (his wife, Andrea), four grandchildren, Clare
After graduation he married Linda (Greenley) Hancock and
and Sam Baker (Melbourne, Australia) and Holly and
immediately reported for duty at the U.S. Naval Hospital in
San Diego, CA where he had received a one year dental internship. Alex Hancock of Boston MA. Grandpa Joe will always be
His military obligations completed, he made the short move to remembered for his calm and kind demeanor, his warm
Salinas where he opened his office and practiced dentistry for smile, his strong work ethic and his loving commitment
almost 50 years. He enjoyed his patients, often seeing 2 or 3
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