James E. Cook, 72, of Oakdale, California died November 28, 2011 of complications from Diabetes.
Jim was born in Sedro-Woolley, Washington March 11, 1939 to Charles and Della Cook. He was raised in Sunnyside, Washington and graduated from Sunnyside High School in 1957 where he met the love of his life, Barbara Lang.
Following high school, Jim attended junior college and completed a machinist apprenticeship with Boeing. Jim had careers as a machinist, a tool and die maker, owner of his own machine shop, a realtor, and finally as a RadioShack franchisee -- owning the Oakdale store.
Jim was an avid outdoorsman and was never happier than when he was up in the mountains. In his later years, Jim’s passion was watching the Oakdale High Mustangs Football Team. He took great pride in the successes of each of the players and the team. He couldn’t wait to attend Friday night games with his friends and then watch the replay with the Quarterback Club.
Jim is survived by his wife of 52 years, Barbara; sons Jim (Debbie) Cook, Rob (Lori) Cook; grandchildren Penny, Chris, Stacie (Nathan), Justin, Kaitlin, Sydney; “Puppy”; sisters Barbara Curry, Charlet (Jack) Pemberton, and Vivian (Dennis) Weigel; several nieces and nephews; and his caregivers Roger Vega and Noleen Sharma. Jim was preceded in death by his father Charles E. Cook and his mother Della George.
Friends are invited to attend a celebration of Jim’s life at the Church of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints, 1111 East A Street, Oakdale on Thursday, December 15 at 11 a.m. A light luncheon will follow the service. Please come to share any “Jim stories.” In lieu of flowers, the family requests remembrances be made in Jim’s honor to the Jim Cook Memorial Football Scholarship in c/o Oakdale Unified School District, 168 So. 3rd Ave., Oakdale, CA 95361