Donald Leon Cook(1958 - 2103)

Donald Leon Cook, age 77, of McKinney passed away April 27, 2013. He was born March 26, 1936, in Pampa to Leon M. and June (Converse) Cook. Donald grew up in Pampa, where he graduated from high school. He received his B.S. in chemistry from McMurry College in Abilene and his master's degree from Texas Tech. During his college days, he met and married Lou A. Smith. They were married on April 4, 1958, in Hamby. Don was called to serve his county during the Korean War, where he proudly served in the United States Army. Don worked as a chemist at Anderson Clayton in Richardson. Afterward, Don and his family moved to Tyler, where he worked for Tyler Pipe and LaGloria Petroleum. Don served as a Scoutmaster in Richardson for 10 years and was a senior Scout leader in Tyler for many years. He was very active in the church choir. Don served as a Freemason for much of his life. He was an avid woodworker, and loved playing golf. He will be missed by all who knew him and loved him.
He is survived by his wife, Lou A. Cook, of McKinney; daughter, Donna Kelley and husband David, of Allen; granddaughter, Micah Kelley, of McKinney; grandsons, Quentin and Bret Kelley, both of Allen; sisters-in-law, Florine Smith, of Hamby, and Recia Clemmer, of Midland; and brother-in-law, Grady Smith, of Granbury.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Leon and June Cook; son, Terrell Cook; sisters, Shirle Hoover and Wanda McIver.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m., Friday, May 3, 2013, at First United Methodist Church, McKinney, with Dr. Tommy Brumet officiating.
Memorials may be made to the Boys Scouts of America, aplaceto; or First United Methodist Church of McKinney, 315 N. Church St., McKinney, 75069.
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Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on May 1, 2013