James Cook

ALPINE – James Cook, 66 of Alpine, died Nov. 17, 2014, shortly after being diagnosed with cancer. He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Roxine, and their three children: daughter Renee Tudyk and her husband Louis and their children Lindsey and Ryan of Pleasanton; daughter Stacia Chapman and her husband Shawn and their children Hunter, Abigail, and Madison of Conroe; and son Jim of Alpine; brothers Jeff Cook, Kerry Cook and Bryan Cook, all from the Fort Worth area; mother-in-law Katy Norman; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Horace and Maxine Cook, and sister, Patsy Cook. Mr. Cook was born in Pecos Feb. 10, 1948. Upon graduation from Pecos High School, his family moved to Hurst, where his dad took a job with Bell Helicopter. There, he met Roxine where they were both members of the Civil Air Patrol. They married in 1969. He worked as a draftsman at a steel company in Dallas until they decided that they would rather raise their children in a small town. So in the summer of 1980, they moved to Alpine. That summer, with no previous construction experience, Mr. Cook built a house for his family. That led to the beginning of Cook Construction Company, which he owned and operated until his death. Over the past 20 years the Cooks had fun visiting historic sites in the Southwest, especially along old Route 66. They also enjoyed spending time with their kids and grandkids and watching Alpine Cowboys games. He had many varied interests. He earned his Amateur (Ham) Radio licenseas a teenager—this was an interest he maintained throughout his life. He loved weather and monitoring storms. He was fascinated by space and particularly enjoyed observatories. He even built two race cars and had a stint in offroad rally racing. Being a private pilot in the 1960s kept him in the air, yet he also loved exploring at ground level through trips with his wife. Funeral services were at the First United Methodist Church in Fort Davis Nov. 19, with burial at Hillcrest Cemetery in Fort Davis. He was buried alongside his grandparents, James R. and Maude Cook. Pallbearers were Dave Cockrum, Robert Olazaba, Dan Rossi, Justin Rossi, Ryan Tudyk and Bob Ward. Alpine Memorial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Cook was a longtime member of the Big Bend Amateur Radio Club and requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Radio Club. Donation can be sent to: BBARC, c/o Bob Ward, 1402 N. 5th St., Alpine, Texas 79830

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