In Memory

Austin Cook - Class Of 1957


Austin Cook, 72, passed away at his home in Anthony, NM, on August 9, 2011.  Austin was born on June 22, 1939, and lived in Sunburst through his graduation in 1957 from North Toole County High School.  His family was transfered by Texaco to Los Angeles, Ca., but Austin moved to Havre to complete his education as an X-Ray Technologist.  After several years in Montana he moved to Southern, California; and then to New Mexico.  where he and his wife Jacqi owned a number of race horses up to the time of his death.
His son, Rob, was born in Montana and is a 1980 graduate of North Toole County High School.  Austin was last in Montana in 2005 to attend the funeral of his brother-in-law John Jones of Ft. Benton and burial of his uncle Thomas Cook in Sunburst.
Austin was preceded in death by his parents Iva and Bob Cook, long-time residents of Sunburst and his brother Edmund Ashworth (NTHS 1946) who was also raised in Sunburst. Bob Cook worked for Texaco and Iva owned the phone company in Sunburst.  
He is survived by his wife Jacqi, his son Rob, two grand children, one great grand child, his sister Bernice Ashworth Jones (NTHS 1952) of Great Falls,  brothers Lee Ashworth (NTHS 1950) of Billings and Howard Cook (NTHS 1965) of Clovis, Ca, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews

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02/10/12 12:08 AM #1    

Howard Cook (1965)

Austin was my big brother and I miss him so much.  I will always have such great memories of watching football, baseball, and basketball games together.  This past fall football season wasn't the same, because I wasn't able to disect the USC Trojans, MT Griz and Bobcats plays like he had done for so many years.  It's a good thing that the telephone companies offered an unlimited calling plan.  After moving to So. Cal in the 1960's, Austin, our dad, and I spent many an enjoyable evening in Dodgers Stadium watching the Blue Machine.  Golf was another sport that we enjoyed playing together when we were younger and lived in California. 

Austin fought cancer for many years, but he was finally called by our Lord on August 10 of last year.  At the time of his passing, he was living in New Mexico where he and his wife raised and stabled thoroubred race horses.  He loved having the horses and enjoyed training and caring for them.  One of the horses owned by the Cooks was ridden at Hollywood Park by the famous jockey Willie Shoemaker on one oak and won the race by 2 lengths.

Prior to moving to New Mexico, Austin worked in the medical profession as an X-Ray Technologist.  He retired from Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, CA.

Bro rest in peace.



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