Sterling Cook

Maybell resident Sterling Cook died Feb. 22, 2003, at his home. He was 84.

Cook was born July 27, 1918, in Vernal, Utah, to Joseph I. and Nora A. (Watkins) Cook. He was raised and attended school in Vernal. Following graduation from high school, Cook attended Utah State University in Logan, Utah, for three years. He married Mary Wursten on June 7, 1939, in Vernal.

The couple lived in Vernal, Rangely, Colo., and for the past 19 years, at their ranch southeast of Maybell, Colo.

Cook enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping and riding horses. He was a successful rancher and a wonderful husband and father. He was active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and a friend to all.

Cook is survived by his wife, Mary; sons, Larry (Rosemarie) Cook, of Rangely, John (Leslie) Cook, of Maybell and Rodney (Tammy) Cook, of Rangely; daughter-in-law, Rita Jones of Alaska, 14 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; sister, Sybil Howard of Salt Lake City, Utah; and brother, Jack Cook, of Salt Lake City.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, LaBerle Gutzman, and a son, Joseph.

Services were Feb. 27, 2003, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The conducting Bishop was Neal Fenton, prelude and postlude were performed by Myrna Ence, family prayer by Larry Cook, opening prayer by Lorain Brady, eulogy and remarks by Bishop Craig Mortensen, speakers were Larry Cook and James L. Dunn and the closing prayer was led by Duane Ottosen.

Selections were "Each Life That Touches Ours For Good" performed by Paulette Bird and Coleen Fenton, "Home on the Range" by Russ Gaylord, and "I Need Thee Every Hour" by Neal Fenton.

Pallbearers were Lewis Livingston, Bob Lancaster, Robert McClellan, Lorence Ellgen, Harry McCarthy and Jake Hamill.

Honorary pallbearers were the high priests of the church.

Interment was at Vernal Memorial Park in Vernal.

Larry Cook gave the dedication of the grave.

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