It is with great sadness that the family of MSG Sean Michael Mocabee announce his passing on November 12, 2008 at Panzer Kaserne, Germany. He was a member of 1st Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group.
Sean is survived by his wife, Jane Elizabeth and their two children, Hayley and Michael, as well as his parents Mel and Gayle, Burlington, WA, three brothers and their wives: Rob and Alisanne, Ft. Riley, KS, Noel and Dejah, Mount Vernon, WA and Kent and Annette, Kealakakua, HI; also by his grandmother, Edwina Johnson of Burlington, WA; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Sean was born on January 7, 1966 at Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, CA. He completed first grade at Edison Grade School. The rest of his schooling through 12th grade was completed in California where he graduated in 1984 from Oceanside High School.
He joined the Army in 1985 and worked in communications/electronics. Upon re-enlistment, he attended the Defense Language Institute where he studied Russian. While there, Sean met and married his wife, Jane Elizabeth on June 30, 1990. After completing a tour of duty in Europe with an intelligence unit, Sean applied for duty with the Army Special Forces. Always successful in his endeavors, his family was extremely proud when he completed his training and became a Green Beret. His duties took him to Europe, Africa, East Asia, and the Middle East, including tours to Iraq and Afghanistan. During his career he also completed his AA degree at Pikes Peak Community College, Colorado Springs, and was in his senior year at Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal; Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster; Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster; Army Achievement Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters; Good Conduct Medal with six Oak Leaf Clusters; Combat Infantrymanâ€(TM)s Badge; Master Parachutist Badge; Special Forces Tab; and numerous service and campaign medals.
A visitation service for family and friends will take place at Cunningham Funeral Home (www.cunninghamfuneralhome.net/index.cfm) on Thursday, December 4, 2008 from 7:00 â€" 9:00 PM.
A funeral service will be held on Friday, December 5, 2008 9:00 AM at the Fort Meyer chapel with internment at Arlington National Cemetery immediately following. Family and friends are invited to join Mrs. Mocabee and family at the Residence Inn Alexandria Old Town for a reception at 12:30 PM to celebrate Seanâ€(TM)s life (http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/wasdk-residence-inn-alexandria-old-town/).
To help Seanâ€(TM)s children keep their dad close in the years to come, family and friends are asked to share their memories of Sean by emailing their stories to firstname.lastname@example.org. The collected stories and pictures will be made into special books for Hayley and Michael to open, read, and see their dad whenever they need him to be near.
Our Green Beret has fallen. He did his duty, completed his mission, and gave his last full measure. We are all so very proud of him. He lives in Heaven forever.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Sean's memory to the American Autism Society (http://www.autism-society.org/site/PageServer).