Soldotna resident Brent Lee "Cookie" Cook died Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008 at his home after a lengthy battle with diabetes. He was 42.
A celebration of Mr. Cook's life will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at Hooligans on the Sterling Highway in Soldotna. Services also will be held Sunday, Feb. 24 in Oklahoma. His ashes will be placed next to his grandmother's grave in Oklahoma.
Mr. Cook was born in Ponca City, Okla., on June 14, 1965. He attended Globe High School in Arizona and had some additional electrical vocational training. He moved to Soldotna in the spring of 2003 and worked as a journeyman electrician for various companies including Samson Electric, Udelhoven, Con-Am, and VECO. Prior to coming to Alaska, he worked for many years as a salesperson for Lawton Publications.
"Brent had a huge heart and was loved by many people. He loved to hunt anything, fishing of any kind, and liked being around the water and camping in the summer months. He liked to goof around and sing silly songs. He loved to watch movies of any kind, spending time with his girlfriend, his boys and his family. He had many close friends they know who they are whom he held dear and close to his heart. He is truly going to be missed, but never forgotten," his family said.
Mr. Cook was preceded in death by his grandparents, Lewis and Claudine Gurley, and grandmother Joyce Cook.
He is survived by his grandfather, Clarence Cook of Ponca City, Okla.; parents, C.W. and Gerri Cook of Okla.; sons Brandon Tarpenning and his wife, Jesse, Garett Tarpenning, and Travis Tarpenning of Oklahoma, and Zack Tarpenning of Ohio; brothers Casey Cook and his wife, Debbie, and Mark Cook, all of Oklahoma, David and his wife, Diana, of Arizona; girlfriend, Dawn Poissant and her son, Dillan Haugstad, of Soldotna; and many nieces, nephews and godchildren.
Donations in Mr. Cook's memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 801 West Fireweed Lane No. 103, Anchorage, AK 99503.
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