DEL REY OAKS – Stanley R. Cook passed peacefully at home on March 15, 2014 at the age of 75. Born in Long Beach, CA to Raymond and Esther (Harris) Cook on August 26, 1938, he graduated from Compton High School in 1956 and Compton Jr. College in 1958. He then attended UC Berkeley earning his BS Degree in Forestry in 1960.|
While attending UC Berkeley, he met his lovely wife, Diane Rogers. They were married in 1960. Stan worked for the US Forest Service for one year and then received his Teaching Credential from San Jose State in 1963. He taught Biology at Lincoln High School in San Jose. While teaching, he earned his master's degree and administrative credential.
Stan became a teaching vice–principal at Senior Elementary School in Tracy, CA. After five years in Tracy, the family relocated to the Monterey area where he accepted a position with MPUSD as vice-principal at Los Arboles Jr. High in Marina. He also worked as a vice-principal at Fremont Jr. High in Seaside before becoming principal at Fitch Middle School and then principal at Los Arboles. Following retirement, Stan continued as a consultant for MPUSD. He also worked as the Director of Education Services for Easter Seals.
Stan and his wife, Diane, devoted their lives to the care of children. This included three birth sons, eighteen adopted children and 115 foster children.
Stan served on many governing boards, including San Andreas Regional Center and Kinship Center where he served as the first Board President. Stan founded, through Easter Seals, the Star Riders therapeutic horseback-riding program for kids with disabilities. He also created several support groups for parents of children with varied disabilities.
Stan passed on his love for the outdoors and his knowledge of forestry to his children and others through scouting. He was the scout master for Boy Scout Troop 93 and was involved with the White Stag leadership program.
Stan was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd and, later, St. James Episcopal Church, and was also a part of the Cursillo community. We will miss his dedication, wisdom, love and sense of humor. His work with children will be a lasting legacy to his family and the community.
Stan is survived by his wife of 53 years, Diane, and his children; Garry (Ida), Timothy (Alice), Matthew, Suzanne (Eddie) Turner, Anjonette (Moses) Braggs, Sasha, Tanya, Brodie, Noah, Sammi, Christopher, Zachary, Andre (Tessy), Marlee, Kia, Ashlyn and Maximiliano; twenty-five grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren and eleven great-great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents, his sister, Marjorie and six children; Gregory, Dale, Kristie Jo, Tony, Sabrina and Levi.
Please celebrate his life with us next Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 2:00 pm at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 301 Corral De Tierra Rd., Salinas. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to Kinship Center, A. B. Ingham School or MPUSD's STEPS program. Please visit www.thepaulmortuary.com to sign Stan's guest book and leave messages for his family.
Published in The Monterey Herald on Apr. 6, 2014