E. John "Jack" Cook, 97, died March 31, 1998 at his home in Salt Lake City.
John was born in Salt Lake City on February 19, 1901 to Quinton D. and Emily Adams Cook. He married Ilene Stephens on December 21, 1940 in Henefer, Utah. She died January 18, 1997. John was a member of the LDS Church.He attended the LDS Business College and began his long banking career as a stenographer at Halloran-Judge Trust Company which later became Union Bank and Trust Company and finally First Security State Bank. He was elected vice president in 1937, director and manager of the Mortgage Loan Department in 1941 and senior vice president in 1955. He was a member of the bank's board of directors for more than 25 years. He also served on the boards of Bettilyon's Inc. and Western Mortgage Bankers Association of America.
John served as president and honorary life time member of the Utah Mortgage Bankers Association as well as on various committees of the Mortgage Bankers Association of America. He lectured for many years at the University of Utah College of Business.
In his earlier years, he was active in local golf circles and served multiple terms as a director of the Utah State Golf Association, as president of the Nibley Park Golf Association and as ten man team captain of the Nibley Park and Forest Dale Golf Clubs.
John retired in 1967 as senior vice president of First Security State Bank and director of First Security State Bank after 45 years of continuous service. For 15 years, he and Ilene enjoyed traveling and golfing throughout the West. After Ilene became ill, he faithfully took care of her until she died. He truly loved sports including professional golfing, baseball and football. He watched or listened to nearly every Running Ute and Jazz basketball game that was broadcast. On the night of his death he used his last energy to listen to the NCAA final in hopes of a Utah win.
John was a loving and caring husband and father. He maintained his intellectual sharpness up to the time of his death and was always concerned about the welfare of others. He will be greatly missed by those who knew him.
He is survived by his son, Craig S. Cook and his daughter-in-law, Elena of Salt Lake City. Preceded in death by his wife and 10 brothers and sisters.
Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 4, 1998 at the Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park, 3401 South Highland Drive, where friends and family may call from 11:45-12:45 prior to services.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggest donations to the Humane Society of Utah, 4242 South 300 West, Murray, Utah 84107.
PEACE BE WITH YOU 'TILL WE MEET AGAIN.
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