Carl W. Cook Jr. passed away peacefully into the arms of his Lord on Aug. 2, 2014, in Las Cruces after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was born Dec. 20, 1932, in Lubbock, Texas, to Donna (Albright) Cook and Carl W. Cook Sr.
Carl married Shirley (Sammons) Cook, whom he met in Reno, Nevada, while serving with the Air Force at Stead Air Force Base. They lived in Alamogordo, New Mexico, for over 50 years where they raised two sons and one daughter. He was employed by Land-Air (Dynalectron, DynCorp, New Tec, TRAX) from 1959 to July 2014 except for the nine years he spent in Saudi Arabia working for the Arabian American Oil Co (ARAMCO) as a project engineer.
He was a deacon and a very active member of Calvary Baptist Church in Alamogordo for many years and after moving to Las Cruces to be near his children for health reasons became a member of Valley View Baptist Church. While in Alamogordo, he volunteered several years with AARP TaxAide, maintaining the computer equipment.
Carl was preceded in death by his mother and father. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Shirley; two sons, Jerry and Steve; his daughter and son-in-law, Pam and Daniel Montoya; his four grandchildren: Shaun (Bobby) Hobson of Las Cruces; Shelly (Mike) Cowden of Aztec, New Mexico; Shannon (Scott) Drake of Alamogordo; and Randy Montoya of Las Cruces. He is also survived by his eight great grandchildren: Jorgi Hobson, Bobby Joe Hobson, Mason Hobson, Michael Cowden, Jenna Cowden, Joshua Cowden, Sage Drake and Sheyanne Drake. Carl is also survived by his four siblings; Glenn (Eleanor) Cook, David Jay, Marilyn Jay, Don (Jackie) Jay and many nephews, nieces and cousins.
Carl's great loves in life were his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ; his extended family; his church families; and his work family. He always had a smile for each. He will be missed greatly by all.
Thanks and extreme gratitude during his illness goes to Dr. Greenfield, Kristina Benavidez and the other staff of Memorial Medical Cancer Center. A memorial service celebrating life will be held at Valley-View Baptist Church, 4175 Lavender, Las Cruces NM, at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014.
Rather than flowers, Carl would prefer you to donate to The Gideons International, MMC Cancer Center, Mesilla Valley Hospice or the
. Arrangements are with Getz Funeral Home and Getz family Crematory 1410 E. Bowman Ave Las Cruces New Mexico 88001. To sign the local online guest book visit www.GetzCares.com.
GETZ FUNERAL HOME - LAS CRUCES
1410 E. BOWMAN AVE. Las Cruces, NM 88001
Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on Aug. 13, 2014