|Birth: ||Aug. 19, 1927|
|Death: ||Apr. 17, 2009|
Donald G. Cook, 81, Garden Valley, ID died April 17, 2009 of cancer and pneumonia at the VA Community Living Center. An inurnment ceremony will be held Tuesday, May 5, 2009 at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery at 3:00 p.m. A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 9, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at the Crouch Community Church. Arrangements are under the direction of Cloverdale Funeral Home.
Donald was born on August 19, 1927 to William Christopher and Cecele J. (Warren) Cook in Willow Creek, Montana. He grew up in Willow Creek and attended the Willow Creek School. At the age of 16 Don joined the U.S. Navy and completed his basic training at Farragut, Idaho and was stationed on the U.S.S. Morrison. On May 4, 1945 four Japanese kamikaze planes struck the U.S.S. Morrison and the ship sunk within one hour. Don was one of the lucky survivors. Don received many metals during WWII the highest being the Purple Heart. In addition to being a WWII veteran he was also a Korean War veteran.
Don had many different occupations in his lifetime from cowboy, ranch hand, railroad worker, pipe fitter, carpenter, and he retired from the Department of Corrections as construction project manager at the Idaho State Penitentiary. He was also a 4-H Horse Leader, Horse Show Judge, Horse Show Announcer and even earned a certificate to be an auctioneer. For all of those who knew Don, knew he loved to talk.
Don is survived by his sisters: Connie Morrison of Butte, Montana and Joyce Sharp of Billings, Montana, his six children: Sandra (Dennis) Smith, Bill Don Cook, Kathryn Cook, Jon (Bobbie) Cook, Terri Hinman, and Steve Cook. 12 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren, and 4 great-great grandchildren survive him. Cousins, nieces, and nephews in Montana and Washington also survive him. His parents, his first wife Helen and second wife Marilyn, preceded Don in death.
His children would like to thank everyone in Garden Valley who helped Don to stay in his home until his final week. Without your help, he would not have been able to obtain his dream of staying in his home and watching the dear, elk, foxes, birds and other wildlife he saw out his dining room bay window. A special thanks goes to Heather Spero, PA at the VA Medical Center and the staff of the Community Living Center for making Don's final week as comfortable as possible.
In lieu of flowers Memorials can be made in Don's name to Project Patch, Crouch Ambulance Service, Crouch Senior Center or to a favorite charity.
Idaho State Veterans Cemetery
Created by: Sheryl
Record added: Sep 22, 2009
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