Donald E. Cook
Rose Mortuary & Crematory
66424 Pierson Blvd.
Desert Hot Springs, CA
Donald E. Cook

Donald E. Cook, 84, passed away peaceably on January 8, 2016 at his home in Palm Springs, CA . Don was born in Jacksonville, FL and spent his youth in Atlanta, GA. As a young man he settled in Los Angeles after the navy and moved to Palm Springs in 2013. He graduated from Pasadena Playhouse with his good friend Sandi Eberhard. Don was a generous benefactor for many years and most of his philanthropic efforts were centered around HIV/ AIDS charities in Palm Springs and L.A., including the infamous S.T.A.G.E.

Don founded the AH - Men Clothing Shop for Men in 1961, a successful men's clothing store, located at 8933 Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood that existed until the mid-1980's, and its great success was through catalogue sales. In 1976 he founded and operated the original Numbers Bar and Restaurant located at 8029 W. Sunset Boulevard.

Don had a vibrant and interesting social life in L.A., having many great friendships with classic Hollywood celebrities such as Sammy Davis Jr., Stephanie Powers, Betty White and Elizabeth Taylor. Don met his husband William Colvin while living on North Doheny Drive, they later moved to West LA on Wilshire Blvd, and then built their dream home in Palm Springs, CA.

Don was a wonderful host and an invitation to his parties was a joyous event.

Our gay community has lost another of the great men who paved a path towards living our lives freely and openly.

Survivors include his husband William Colvin, brother Glen Cook of Atlanta, GA, nephew Scott Cook of LaGrange, GA, and his many friends. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Contributions in his memory can be given to Desert Aids Project (, AIDS Project Los Angeles (,) or Palm Springs Animal Friends ( Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Rose Mortuary & Crematory in Desert Hot Springs (760) 251-7673

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Published by The Desert Sun on Jan. 17, 2016.
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Sad to hear the news of Don's passing. He was a fine gentlemen and was always gracious towards me. I will not soon forget his kindness. My prayers and blessings to his family and friends.
Bob V
January 17, 2016
So sorry for your loss, Don sounds like he was an interesting person, not to mention, giving and compassionate. Please take comfort in Isa. 41:10 as you remember your friend and loved one.
January 12, 2016
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