William L. Cooke: 1946-2012
February 2, 2012
William L. Cooke
William L. Cooke, of Tabernash died Jan. 26, 2012 at Mt. Evans Hospice in Evergreen, Colo. He had prostate cancer. Bill was born in Indianapolis, Ind. and married Irene Cooke on April 12, 1969. He earned a B.S. from Indiana State University (Terre Haute, Ind) in 1969 and moved to Colorado in 1972. He received a M.S. from Western State College (Gunnison, Colo.) in 1973. He was a teacher and counselor in the Adams County, Colo. schools for 25 years.
Bill had a passion for sports and wilderness recreation. He climbed most of Colorado’s 14’ers, and hiked, cycled, and skied all over the state. During the 1970s and 1980s, he worked for the Braun Hut system in Ashcroft (now part of the 10th Mountain Huts). He volunteered in ski programs for the disabled at Eldora and Winter Park for 20 years. Bill was an expert boatman and enjoyed rafting and canoeing rivers in Colorado, Idaho, Utah, and Alaska. He shared his enthusiasm for the outdoors by introducing students, friends and family to skiing, backpacking, and rafting. Friends will remember his zest for life, his physical stamina, and the days they shared in the mountains and on rivers.
Memorial services will be announced later.
Memorial gifts can be made to National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD), Middle Park Land Trust (MPLT), or American Rivers.