John Cooknell

John William Cooknell
October 22, 1942 - February 12, 2013
John William Cooknell lost his battle to cancer on Tuesday, February 12, 2013. He passed away peacefully at Saint Alphonsus Hospital with his wife of 49 years by his side. John Cooknell was born October 22, 1942 in Pomona, CA.
John was always a hard worker and gave each of his jobs everything he had. Prior to moving to Idaho he worked for Pacific Bell Phone Company. John married his high school sweetheart in 1964 and decided to move his expecting bride to Idaho to raise his family and their 9 Alaskan Malamutes. Once settled in Idaho, John quickly made friends with neighbors and co-workers. He also loved to coach his son in soccer and spend weekends away in Silver City with friends who were like family. John retired from Boise State University on October 31, 2012 after working for them for 12 years.
John was preceded in death by his parents John H. and JoEmma Cooknell. He is mourned by his wife Donna, their son and daughter -in-law, John David and Arika and their children Haddie and John Colby. He will also be remembered by his siblings; Don Cooknell and Robby Friedman.
His memorial service will be held at 10:00 am, Saturday, February 16, 2013 at Cloverdale Funeral Home, 1200 North Cloverdale Road, Boise 83713 with a reception immediately following.
His family asks in lieu of flowers to please gift a donation in his name to the .
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Cloverdale Funeral Home
1200 North Cloverdale Road Boise, ID 83713
(208) 375-2212

Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Feb. 14, 2013