March 10, 1941 - April 12, 2021
Bellingham, Washington - James Mitchell Cook
March 10, 1941 – April 12, 2021
Airman First Class James "Jim" Mitchell Cook, 80, died peacefully under hospice care at Cordata Court in Bellingham, Washington on April 12, 2021, due to complications of Lewy Body Dementia. He was the loving husband of Anna "Peggy" Cook, for 55 years. He was the beloved father of Jacki (married to Marty) and Jeff (married to Amanda). Jim's wife and children were by his side when he passed.
Jim was born on March 10, 1941, in Chicago, Illinois to John and Ruth Cook. He grew up in the Midwest with his sisters Barbara and Sandra.
Jim joined the US Air Force and was stationed in Portland, Oregon, where he met Peggy. He worked in the RADAR Shop on the Weapons Fire Control Systems of the F102A Delta Dagger, fighter-interceptor jet aircraft.
Jim and Peggy were married on November 27, 1965. He completed a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California Berkeley in 1969. They moved to Bellingham when Jim was recruited to be an engineer with Intalco Aluminum Corporation. 30 years later he retired, after spending his entire career at Intalco. Jim spent his retirement years traveling with Peggy and researching their family's ancestry.
Jim's love for the outdoors was something that he shared with his family and it showed in the many camping and hiking trips they took together. This included a road trip with extended family from Bellingham all the way to Lake Shastina, California.
Jim's love of hiking and camping lead him to develop and run the outdoor program for his son's boy scout troop. Jim's grandchildren (Tyler, Emily, and Owen) held a very special place in his heart and he loved watching them participate in their favorite sports.
Jim is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his sisters, his wife, children, and grandchildren.
At Jim's request, his body was donated to the University of Washington for the advancement of science.
A celebration of life will be held on June 26th in Bellingham (details to follow).
The family requests memorial tributes are directed to Dementia Support Northwest. https://dementiasupportnw.org