Terry E. "Chief" Hook, 60, formerly of Cooper Landing, died March 3, 2013 in Oregon, while on one of his many road trips.
Terry was born Aug. 3, 1952, the oldest of six brothers and two sisters, to Donald and Virginia Hook. He grew up in Wisconsin, then moved to California where he was cook and manager at the Cow Palace in San Francisco.
In 1980, Terry moved to Alaska and worked at remote camps throughout the state. He worked as cook and kitchen manager at most of the pump stations along the pipeline and at a construction camp in Nuiqsut. Terry also worked in kitchens at the Elks Lodge in Seward, a hotel camp in Dutch Harbor, and at a gold mine near Galena.
Terry loved living on Kenai Lake, and called Cooper Landing home for 28 years. For years, Terry dreamed of his own restaurant in Cooper Landing, which he finally opened in 2008. Unfortunately, he had to close down after 2 years, in spite of help from family, friends and neighbors.
Besides cooking, Terry liked road trips, camping, fishing and boating. He once got the boat stuck in Anchor River at low tide. He enjoyed river rafting - floating the Lowe, Gulkana, Klutina, Matanuska and Kenai rivers - and he always unintentionally got soaking wet. Terry was co-founder of a pow wow that will have its 30th gathering this spring.
Terry was proud, stubborn and liked to do things "his way". He was a loyal friend. Terry leaves behind his cherished parents and family in the Lower 48 and his Alaska "brother" Steve Labno. He'll be greatly missed by his pow wow family.
Published in The Peninsula Clarion on May 1, 2013