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Dibbon J. Cook
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Birth: Aug. 6, 1902
Death: Mar. 29, 2001

Klamath Falls, Or.

Tribal elder, civic leader Dibbon Cook passes on


Dibbon Cook, 98, an elder of the Klamath Tribes with an extensive history of civic involvement in both Indian and non-Indian organizations, died March 29, 2001.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Klamath Assembly of God Church. Visitation is Monday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Davenport's Chapel of the Good Shepherd is in charge of arrangements. Lunch will be served following the services.
Mr. Cook was born Aug. 2, 1902 to George Cook and Amelia Skeen in Pokegama, Calif. He attended Yanix Agency School in Yanix, Sherman Institute in Riverside, Calif., and Haskell Indian School in Lawrence, Kans., where he majored in leather and harness-making.
Mr. Cook was a member of the Sprague River Friends Community Church as well as attending the Chiloquin Assembly of God, Beatty Com-munity Church and William-son River Mission.
He made shoes for families in Sprague River area, as well as harnesses and saddles. He served with the Kansas National Guard Troop C, 114 an all-Indian troop. He was disciplinarian at Fort Bidwell Indian School.
Mr. Cook enjoyed hunting and fishing for salmon and trout. He enjoyed sports, especially high school basketball, football and baseball. He was a rodeo enthusiast, and a craftsman.
Mr. Cook made antler jewelry and arrowheads, which he sold at Indian trade shows throughout the Pacific Northwest. He was a master leather and harness maker, and also crafted shoes, saddles, bridles, purses and other goods.
He enjoyed teaching children and helping out at Klamath culture camps and enjoyed visiting with people of all types.
He particularly enjoyed going to powwows and watching Indian people dancing in their native regalia. That was a source of great pride to him, that Indians would not lose their culture and history and unity.
Mr. Cook's friendships crossed many cultural lines, too. He served on the Beatty Rodeo committee, was a member of the Sprague River baseball team, and served as an officer of numerous civil organizations and boards. They included the Sprague River PTA, Klamath Crimes Prevention program, Sprague River Fire Department and the Chiloquin Chamber of Commerce. He was a member of the Chiloquin school board, Klamath Land Marks Committee, and a fund raiser for the Inter-Community Hospital, now Merle West Medical Center. He also served on the Klamath County Nursing Home committee and was president of the Chief Schonchin Cemetery Association.
He also served for many years on the Klamath Indian Basketball Committee.
For 12 years he was the official weather spotter and managed the Sprague River weather station for the National Weather Service. He was secretary-treasurer of the Klamath Tribes Memorial Association and was instrumental in erecting a plaque honoring Captain Jack, a Modoc chief hanged for his part in the Modoc Wars that took place in the Lava Beds south of Tulelake.
Following termination of the Tribes in 1954, Mr. Cook served as tribal chairman of the remaining members of the Klamath Tribes. He was also secretary to the tribal general council for more than 30 years.
Mr. Cook was a lifetime member of the Masonic Lodge, where he was past Master of the Chiloquin Lodge No. 197 and district deputy of the Grand Lodge of Oregon. He was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and a Shriner. He was grand marshall for the Chiloquin Rodeo Associa-tion, a member of the Klam-ath Falls Jaycees, supported the Sprague River Pioneer Days and Klamath Treaty Days.
He is survived by Lou Ellen and Jack Sternberg of Chiloquin and Melva Fye of Klamath Falls; grandchildren Kathy and Nick Rich of Chiloquin, Lorelei and Rudy Rios of Chiloquin, Salmon Fye of Indianapolis, Amadou and Rita Fye of Sprague River, Mam Kumba Fye of Indianapolis, Aminata Fye of Klamath Falls, and 11 great-great-grandchildren.
Mr. Cook was preceded in death by his wife Esther Cook.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Shriners' Crippled Children's Hospital, 3103 Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland, OR 97201.

Klamath Falls, Or.
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  George Cook (1856 - 1932)
  Leola Schonchin Cook (1914 - 1934)*
  Esther Marie Sargeant Cook (1921 - 1983)*
  Dibbon J. Cook (1902 - 2001)
  Hattie E. Cook (1904 - 1919)*
  Lawrence G. Cook (1906 - 1921)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: Son of George Cook & Amelia Skeen Cook
Chief Schonchin Cemetery
Klamath County
Oregon, USA
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Record added: Mar 06, 2007
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Dibbon J. Cook
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