ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our dad, Donald H. Cook. So as we celebrate his life we wanted to create a place for those who knew him to share their memories, stories, and photos of Don. The family looks forward to reading your thoughts and stories as we celebrate a life well lived.


Donald Howard Cook, age 87, passed away on Saturday, February 20, 2021 at his residence in Friendswood, Texas. He was born on October 6, 1933 in Houston, Texas to parents Marvin and Katherine Cook. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother David Cook and sister Sarah Cook Daniel. He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Leona Barber Cook and by his four children; Donna (Butch) Butler, Susan (Peter) Neithercut, James Cook, Charles (Roxane) Cook, grandchildren; Josh (Caroline) Mathias, Rachel and Kristen Neithercut, Harleigh Cook, Travis and Taylor Cook. He is also survived by his great grandchildren; Kyler and Brynn Mathias, and his sister Kit Hensley.

Don was born and raised in Houston, Texas and graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in Geophysics in 1956. He went to work in the Oil & Gas business and as his career and family grew, they lived all over the world, ending up back in Seabrook, Texas in 1974. Don retired as a Chief Geophysicist in 1995, with many lifelong family friends from his years working overseas.

All his life Don was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying boating, hunting, and fishing with family and friends. After retirement, Don and Leona traveled the country in their RV enjoying the sights at a leisurely pace.

Personal notes/letters can be sent to Leona Cook at PO Box 7146, Traverse City, MI 49696.
Posted by Clifford Barber on June 13, 2021
Dear Aunt Leona and cousins Donna, Susan, James, and Charles:

I am so sad to learn of Uncle Don’s passing. I have many fond memories of our years growing up together. Unfortunately, as we got older and our families became more segmented after the passing of Grandma and Grandpa Barber, we did not get to see much of each other. I always enjoyed getting Aunt Leona’s holiday letter updating me on all of you and your families. Her last letter saddened me to learn that she and Uncle Don had moved to an assisted living facility. To Aunt Leona, I extend my sincerest condolence on behalf of my family on the passing of Uncle Don. To my cousins Donna, Susan, James, and Charles; I share your feeling of loss (having lost both of my parents in recent years) and know how difficult it can be to see one another as each of us get older and our families grow, eventually leaving each of us to be the head of our own families, without the binding presence of our parents. I wish each of you and your families all of the best life has to give.
Posted by Judy Walker on June 9, 2021
My parents had such a good time with Don and Leona in Rockport. Walker and Oletha could alway count on learning a new game, their favorite was probably "7" which we had many a good family time playing that game.

Our best to you Leona, praying for your and your family's peace. 
Terry and Judy (Rexroat) Walker
Posted by ann rutledge on June 7, 2021
I didn''t know Don was a drum major.So was my husband. I think of Don and see him sitting in the chair my parents gave him to use in the garage. We'd wave at each other when I was working in the Shouse yard."I know how much my parents thought of both Don and Leona.
I love you,Leona and miss getting to see you and talk to you.
You were a dear friend to O.C. and Iris and you became a dear friend to me while
I was there taking care of them.Thank you guys for letting me know about this.


Posted by Janet Simpson on June 7, 2021
We were very sad to learn of Dons passing. Have many wonderful memories of visits to Don & Leonas home and their visits to our home in KS. Going sailing years ago. Jerry & Don could talk forever while Leona & I had discussions about our family genealogy. Janet & Jerry Simpson
Posted by Charles Cook on April 29, 2021
The older I get, the more I value everything you taught me!
I love you Dad.

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Posted by Clifford Barber on June 13, 2021
Dear Aunt Leona and cousins Donna, Susan, James, and Charles:

I am so sad to learn of Uncle Don’s passing. I have many fond memories of our years growing up together. Unfortunately, as we got older and our families became more segmented after the passing of Grandma and Grandpa Barber, we did not get to see much of each other. I always enjoyed getting Aunt Leona’s holiday letter updating me on all of you and your families. Her last letter saddened me to learn that she and Uncle Don had moved to an assisted living facility. To Aunt Leona, I extend my sincerest condolence on behalf of my family on the passing of Uncle Don. To my cousins Donna, Susan, James, and Charles; I share your feeling of loss (having lost both of my parents in recent years) and know how difficult it can be to see one another as each of us get older and our families grow, eventually leaving each of us to be the head of our own families, without the binding presence of our parents. I wish each of you and your families all of the best life has to give.
Posted by Judy Walker on June 9, 2021
My parents had such a good time with Don and Leona in Rockport. Walker and Oletha could alway count on learning a new game, their favorite was probably "7" which we had many a good family time playing that game.

Our best to you Leona, praying for your and your family's peace. 
Terry and Judy (Rexroat) Walker
Posted by ann rutledge on June 7, 2021
I didn''t know Don was a drum major.So was my husband. I think of Don and see him sitting in the chair my parents gave him to use in the garage. We'd wave at each other when I was working in the Shouse yard."I know how much my parents thought of both Don and Leona.
I love you,Leona and miss getting to see you and talk to you.
You were a dear friend to O.C. and Iris and you became a dear friend to me while
I was there taking care of them.Thank you guys for letting me know about this.


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