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Chancey Dean Cook Chancey Dean Cook passed away peacefully May 26, 2014 in Eureka, California. Dean was born in Ocala, Florida September 21, 1925, to Chauncey F. and Mary Cook. Growing up, Dean competed in rodeos winning state championships in 3 events, got into auto racing on the roads and racetracks in Florida, eventually competing at the Daytona Speedway while it was on the beach. Dean loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, gardening, and all else outdoors. Dean joined the Navy in 1941 at the age of 16, and became part of the Navy's Underwater Demolition Team. During his time in the Navy he served at Pearl Harbor as part of the recovery effort after the attack on Pearl Harbor; he also served in Okinawa, Japan, and in Antarctica. He retired as Chief Petty Officer in 1967. Dean married the love of his life Iris Powell in 1964 and enjoyed traveling the world. Between his travels with the Navy and traveling the world with Iris, Dean had been to every ocean and all continents of the Earth. He and Iris were dedicated members of the Eureka First Church of the Nazarene. Dean and Iris's love of the outdoors was never more present than when they volunteered at the Eureka Nazarene's Blue Slide Camp during the summers where they enjoyed spending time with family and friends. Everyone enjoyed hearing about all the adventures he had during his lifetime. Dean was interred with full military honors in the San Bruno National Cemetery, next to his wife, iris. He is preceded in death by his wife Iris Cook, his parents Chauncey and Mary, stepfather William Carter, brothers Robert E Cook and Frank E Cook, sister Dorothy Cook, children Charles Powell and Gilbert Powell, and great-grandson Christopher Zari. Dean is survived by his daughters Lynda Powell and her partner, Dale Bridges, Debi Bogdanos, Victoria Tressler, Carrie Johnson, his grandchildren Jennifer McDonald and her husband Ross and their son Koby, Caroline Cogle and her children Brian and Tiffany, his sister Irma Kay Strickler and her husband Richard, and his brother Eddie Carter and his wife Mary, many nieces and nephews, and his beloved dog Heidi. Due to family sickness, there will be no local memorial service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation be made to the Wounded Warrior Project. Please sign the guestbook at
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Published in Eureka Times-Standard from June 22 to June 25, 2014
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