Gary Alton Cook
November 17, 1948 ~ October 26, 2012
Viewing: Friday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Gillies Funeral Chapel, 634 East 200 South, Brigham City, UT and at the Stake Center on Saturday from 9:30 to 10:30 am prior to the services
Funeral services: Saturday, November 3, 2012, at 11:00 am at the Box Elder Stake Center, 420 South 800 West, Brigham City, UT
Interment: Brigham City Cemetery
BRIGHAM CITY – Our loving Gary Alton Cook, 63, passed away on Friday, October 26, 2012, with his family at his side in Salt Lake City, Utah. Gary was born on November 17, 1948, in Logan, Utah, a son of Alton Dudley and Donna T. Cook. He graduated from Box Elder High School in 1966 and Utah State University in Political Science. Gary was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. Gary married his high school sweetheart, Shirley Grover on September 2, 1975, in Brigham City, Utah. Their marriage was solemnized in the Logan LDS Temple on January 17, 1987. Gary served in the Central States Mission from 1968 to 1970. He served in various callings: Bishopric Counselor, Gospel Doctrine and Sunday School Teacher, Scout Leader, Activity and Nursery Leaders, Young Men's Leader and Home Teacher. Gary was actively involved in local, state and national politics: Brigham City Planning Commission, Utah Board of Water Resources, Governor's Commission for Women and Families, and Surrogate Speaker for Ronald Reagan. Gary spent his career doing what he loved, traveling as a manufacturer sales representative for various high end apparel companies including: Pendleton Woolen Mills, Geiger and Guiesswein. Gary was also the founder of Educational Equipment Foundation and Managing Trustee CRDS Trust, President PW Cook Family History Organization and a member of the National Ski Patrol. Gary enjoyed scripture study, snow skiing, fly fishing, traveling, reading, football, swimming/hot tub, anything Christmas and spending time with his family at Bear Lake. However, his greatest joys were his wife, sons’ families and grandchildren. Gary was a giant of a man, scholar, scripturian and humanitarian. He was generous beyond description. He always strived to make the world a better place. Gary had a gentle guiding hand, humorous personality and always gave sound advice. He will be so missed by all who called him family or friend, and we know we will see him again. Until then we will treasure the lessons he taught, cherish the memories he has left and the significant ways he has touched our lives. Gary is survived by his wife, Shirley; three sons, Jason (Kaylee) Cook; Casey (Rachael) Cook; Jacob (TBD) Cook; three grandchildren, Michael, Laker, and Kyler; his mother, Donna Cook and sister, Trudy (Boyd) Malan. He was preceded in death by his father, Alton Cook. We would like to express our appreciation to the LDS Promise Hospital doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists and all others who helped during his courageous battle. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Gary Cook Education Fund at the Box Elder Credit Union, 30 East 700 West, Brigham City, Utah 84302. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 3, 2012, at 11:00 am at the Box Elder Stake Center, 420 South 800 West, Brigham City, UT. A viewing will be held on Friday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Gillies Funeral Chapel, 634 East 200 South, Brigham City, UT and at the Stake Center on Saturday from 9:30 to 10:30 am prior to the services. Interment will be in the Brigham City Cemetery.
I have known Gary for many years. Sandy and I both are sad that Gary had to pass away at such an early age. Gary was a great husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend. Gary will be missed by all. Gary loved his family and life. Christmas was his favorite holiday and he treated everyday like Christmas day. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God Bless you and your loved ones during this time of sorrow.
I loved that man, he always made me laugh and was a very caring person. I am sure he has gone on to prepare a place for your whole family. I love you guys and my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of trial.
I used to bum a ride to school with Gary and Steve Hansen. Gary was a great classmate and friend. In my opinion he was the best dressed guy in the class of 1966.
Sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Gary was a GREAT MAN. He will be missed. He always had a smile on his face and was happy to see you. I wish I could be with you, but schedule doesn't permit. You will be in my prayers.
Dear Trudy and family, Ken and I were sorry to hear about Gary. We did not know him well but if he was at all like his sister, then he was a gem of a person. We are thinking of you and hope you will find peace in the Gospel. Love,
Karen and Ken
I was so saddened to hear about Gary's death. I have many memories of Gary and all are good! He was truly a man among men. My best wishes and condolences to Shirley and family.
Dear Shirley and family,
Our love and prayers are with you. It was our privilege to know Gary and we appreciate his support for the Box Elder High School football program. We treasure the many soccer tournaments we shared when our sons played -- good times!
The world is a better place because of Gary's presence and influence.
Wes and Karen Roesler
Shirley & Family,
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Gary. He was such a great man and I know how much you loved him. You two were so good to me and I really loved you both. Please know of my sorrow for his passing but know that his eternal Heavenly Father holds him in his arms as does his earthly Father.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Gary was a magnificent man.
Adam, Amanda, and Colum Bunderson
Karla & I would like to extend our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Though I didn’t know Gary per say, after reading his obituary, he sounded like quite a remarkable guy. Our friendship goes back a long way, I’d say were best friends forever. “A True friend ... Scolds like a DAD ... Cares like a MOM... Teases like a SISTER... Irritates like a BROTHER... And finally loves you for YOU.”
David & Karla Hurd
Dear Shirley and family,
We were both saddened to learn of Gary's passing. He was a part of our best high school memories. Even then, he was always in a good mood and could outdance everybody at the weekend 'Kount' parties above the local bowling ally.
Since then, it sounds like he had a wonderful life. Who could ask for more?
Our thoughts and prayers are that you will be given God's comfort to see you through this difficult time.
Richard and Dawn Huggins Keller
Shirley and family,
Gary, Shirley and the entire family are such good friends of ours. Our hearts break. Gary was such a great man. I always looked up to him. He was so smart and level headed. He always had a solution to every question. Although we only knew Gary during our time in the ward in BC, he left a lasting impact on our family. God bless you all and you are in our hearts and prayers.
I hope this gets to you. I got a call from my brother Bill. I was so sorry to hear about Gary. I stopped at your house about a year ago. I knocked but didn't find anyone at home. I have fond memories though they are getting a little old. You and Gary always had a smile. I was in Brigham just last week. My son was married in SLC. Next time I am in Brigham I will give you a call. You will be in our prayers.
Dear Shirley and family,
Richard and I are sending our sympathies to you all. We remember Gary as part of our best high school memories. He was always positive, and he could out dance everyone at the weekend dances that the 'Kounts' put on in the Rainbow Room above the bowling ally. It sounds as though he had a wonderful life. God bless you all during this difficult trial.
Richard and Dawn (Huggins) Keller
Shirley and Family
We are so sorry about Gary's passing. Your family means so much to us. We love you and send our sincere sympathy.
Veran and Karen