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Van Alstyne family dedicates business to soldier son


VAN ALSTYNE -- Faith, family and friends. How Devit and Mark Rock say they managed to make it through the unexpected, untimely death of their 21-year-old son.

"Extremely tough time, and it is a tough time, we miss him a lot," Devit Rock said. "Our son Jared was a specialist in the Army, and went home to be with the lord on June 20, 2011."

Jared was on leave from Afghanistan in 2011 when he was killed in a motorcycle accident on FM 121 in Van Alstyne.

More than two years later, photos of Jared inside a new business the Rock family officially opened today remind passers-by of the reason they say the store is there.

"The house is dedicated to his memory. All of this wouldn't be possible without God bringing him home," Devit said.

The business, Rock's Heart of Restoration, is a small events center inside a 3,300 square foot home on Waco and Jefferson Streets in Van Alstyne. There are also three businesses inside including two retail boutiques and a photographer.

"Having this building draw a crowd is a big thing but also, you've got so many interesting buildings in this downtown area, and just having them fill up is a really nice thing to see," Van Alstyne Chamber of Commerce director Cheryl Snyder said.

As the Rocks continue moving forward from one of the darkest times of their lives, they say they'll carry with them the personality trait in Jared they believe helped make this life-long dream happen.

"Well I would think it would be his drive to excel that pushed us the same way and just to do more and do things in his name and in his honor as well," Jared's sister Elise Rock said.

The rocks are also hosting an open house Saturday at their new business between 10 and 4pm.

It will feature 15 vendors and businesses.