Donald Cook

February 5, 1929February 13, 2013

Donald W. Cook, loving father and husband, true friend and a man who loved his family, friends, church and life passed away on February 13, 2013 at age 84.

Don was born in Moberly, Missouri ,on February 5, 1929. He served in the Air Force during the Korean war and received both Bachelors and Masters

Degrees from the University of Florida. Don was the first woodshop

Teacher at Forest High School in 1959, and was later a Guidance Counselor there. In 1965 the Cook family moved to Lake Worth, Florida and Don began a 21 year career at Palm Beach Junior College, mentoring many students and directing lives before retiring in 1986 as Director of Counseling Services. While in South Florida Don was elected to the South Lake Worth Inlet Commission and served as president of the South West Palm Beach Exchange Club. Upon retirement the Cooks spent 5 years in Murphy, N.C. returning to Jacksonville in 1991. The Cooks were Members of the Sunwheeler Camping Club, traveled extensively and spent two years with the Mobile Missionary Assistance Program, doing volunteer

contruction work at churches and youth camps throughout the U.S.

Don was a charter member and Elder of the Hodges Blvd. Presbyterian Church and served as chairman of the Memorial Garden Committee and member of the Property Mission Team and helped design and build the Memorial Garden. A master woodcraftsman Don has left his creations talent and legacy in many places across the country as well as many homes where he freely gave his talent by building furniture, and toys for many friends and loved ones. His talents will be missed but most of all what will be missed is his loyalty, goodness, his giving and humble nature and ability to give unconditional and unselfish love to his family and friends. This was truly “a good man.” He will be terribly missed by his son Bob Cook, wife Mary Cook and many many friends and family who adored him.

Visitation will be on Monday February 18th from 7-9 pm at Greenlawn Cemetery. A memorial Service and Celebration of Life will take place at 11am on Tuesday February 19th at Hodges Blvd. Presbyterian Church with grave side services held at Greenlawn Cemetery, 4300 Beach Blvd. at 2pm. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Memorial Garden fund at Hodges Blvd. Presbyterian Church 4140 Hodges Blvd. Jacksonville, Fl 32224,



  • Visitation Monday, February 18, 2013
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, February 19, 2013

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Karen Frates

December 18, 2013

Bob and Mary, I just found out about Don. Such a dear sweet man. I know you are heart broken of his passing and a huge loss in your lives. He is home with his heavenly father, God bless you and keep you both!! Deepest Sympathy's.

Lois Pasapane

March 14, 2013

When I first started at Palm Beach State College (PBJC) in 1984, Don Cook was my boss, and what a great experience to have started my career here with such a fine man. I will always remember him for making me feel so accepted and helping me learn the ropes!!!

Margaret and Gordy Delo

March 5, 2013

To Mary and Bob ~ A truly great Christian husband and father and friend has gone home to Glory, and he will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him! We met Don and Mary through Carey and Mary Jane Lockman (my sister), and they cherished their friendship with the Cook family and spoke of them often. He is with the Lord now and, I'm sure, has heard the words, "Well done, good and faithful servant."

Tracy Cook Moore

February 23, 2013

Deepest sympathies to the family of my father's cousin. He was a true mentor to me in learning about the history of the Cook family. I will cherish every memory he shared with me.

Gary & Terri Jacobs

February 18, 2013

Mary and Bob, we were so heartbroken to hear of Don's passing. He was a true Christian man, devoted husband, loving father and wonderful friend and mentor. He was always there with a smile and helping hand. He will be truly missed but remembered in our hearts. Our love to sweet Mary and prayers to you Bob

Pat Rousselle

February 18, 2013

My deepest sympathy to the family. Don was a wonderful neighbor and friend..and will be missed by many. God Bless you and give you comfort at this sad time.

February 18, 2013

Don Cook was a very nice man. We became acquainted with him and Mary during our years in Lake Worth and members of the Exchange Club.
Don and Loretta Pagan

Mathhew & Patricia Plante

February 17, 2013

Mrs. Cook & Robert,
Mr Cook was a caring & giving man, both of his heart and his time. He will be truly missed. Our families thoughts and prayers are constantly upon you, both. His love for his family and friends will live on in our memories of him and in his deeds.

Carey & Mary Jane Lockman

February 17, 2013

Mary and Bob: Carey and I are so saddened at the loss of Don. He was a very true friend and we have many good memories of time shared. Wish we could be with you on Tuesday but you will be in our thoughts and prayers. We treasure the time spent with your family and will continue to do so.
Our love and prayers, Carey and Mary Jane

February 17, 2013

Mary, Bob we are sorry for your loss .Don was truley a good Man.He was a friend to many people.We enjoyed the time we shared in the Sunwheelers with Don & Mary. He will be MISSED. God's Blessing to all of the Family