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Gary Lynn Cook

1952 - 12 janvier, 2019

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Gary L. Cook, 66, of Ranchos de Taos went to be with our Lord and Saviour on January 12th after a very short illness. Known to his family as "Pa" and a "Viking Warrior" and to his work family as "Ger Bear" and "Boss". We were not ready for him to leave us, but so thankful he is not suffering. This is a huge loss to our family, friends, and Taos community. Gary was born in Corpus Christi, TX to Harold and Laverne Cook. His father was in the Navy, which gave him the privilege of traveling and living in many different places with so many interesting and funny stories to share about his childhood, including leaving his baby teeth behind in a rope while playing Tarzan with his big brother. His permanent teeth would later be left behind due to a baseball bat slam. Gary graduated 21st in his class of 230 in 1970 from Tulia High School in Tulia, TX. He was known for designing the Tulia Hornet Mascot which is still in use today and proudly displayed on the town's water tower.
Gary was loved and appreciated by all who knew him. His work ethic was impeccable and he was very proud of that. He taught hundreds in the grocery business in his quiet, subtle, and expertise way. At times, when he would have to manage the produce department, he would have the freshest and most perfect beautiful counter in town. People were always bragging on his produce. He took much pride in passing his skill down to his son, Logan. Customers would always see them working side by side perfecting their art together and making many friends along the way, including all the elderly ladies coming in to get their sweet hugs. Gary started his grocery career at 18 years old while studying Commercial Art at West Texas State University and Texas State Technical Institute. Piggly Wiggly quickly acknowledged his skill and advanced him to management. He managed many other stores throughout his career making many fun and loving memories along the way. Along with Piggly Wiggly were B & R Thriftway in Tulia, Big Save, which was later bought by Food King in Amarillo, TX. Food King was then bought by Emory Russell. God's plan was that the Russell's would later become family through the marriage of their grandson, Dustin, to our daughter, Amber. Gary was then transferred to Portales, New Mexico in 2000 and worked at Russell's Super Save and then on to the Super Save in Taos, New Mexico for the last 18 years. Gary and his wife, Kim, met while working at Food King in Amarillo and shared the love of the grocery business for many years together. Their daughters Shana, Amanda, and Amber also worked with them at Food King along with three of their nephews. Family gatherings were always fun grocery talk through the years due to a son, daughters, sons-in-law, and wife's father all sharing in the grocery store life. Gary leaves behind the love of his life and best friend, Kim. With pride and joy in birth order: daughter, Shana McDowell and husband Sy of Tulia, TX. Daughter, Amanda Goins and husband Jason of Portales, NM. Daughter, Amber Russell and husband Dustin of Taos, NM. Son, Aaron Cook and wife Jeanelle of Rowlett, TX. Son, Logan Cook of Taos, NM. Also in birth order, his grandbabies: JT, Machaela, Josh, Damian, Ashlynne, Jordyn, Elijah, Strong, Bright, Brave, Noble, and Legacy. His brothers: Doug "Cookie" Cook and wife Debra of White Deer, TX and Davey Cook of Tulia, TX. His fur babies and loyal companions, Sugar and Spice. Gary will be missed by many and remembered as a loving, kind, loyal, humble, honest, and hardworking man. We cannot leave out the fact that he has been a fan of the Viking heritage since he was a young boy, as well as the Minnesota Vikings! #VikingStrong

There will be a memorial service in the spring when his beautiful green grass, trees, and flowers are blooming.
Thank you to our friend and great physician, Lucas Schreiber and Mountain Home Health during this very difficult time.

Arrangements by Rivera Family Funeral Home, Taos. To share a memory, please visit our website at www.riverafuneralhome.com




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Nom Gary Lynn Cook
Date de naissance 1952
Date de décès 12 janvier, 2019
Ville natale -
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Rivera Family Funeral Home
Endroit 818 Paseo Del Pueblo Sur
Taos NM 87571
United States

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Roland Taylor Ii a publié une condoléance .

Gary gave me my first job at Food King in Amarillo. Such a great man! We are praying for your family Kim. He is such a blessing to so many!

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Amy Taylor-Restine a publié une condoléance .

Kim, I am so sad to hear this. He was incredible to work for, hard working, kind, and patient with all the teens and young adults working at the store. He was smart and humble. He was so considerate on the way he scheduled around each of us each week. I will be praying for all of you. Grace and peace be multiplied to all of you, through the knowledge of God and Jesus Christ our Lord. Love , Amy (Taylor) Restine

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Blain & Tanya Burton a publié une condoléance .

Kim, I am so sorry to hear this news. Gary was a great man. He was always kind and will be greatly missed by everyone. He was great at everything he did. The best memory I have of him was on a Sunday at Food King. It was slow and I asked him if I could go home. He told me to find something to do. I spent another 30 min. or so and told him again that there was nothing to do. He handed me a corner broom and made me sweep the parking lot. I always found something that needed to be done after that. My family and I are praying for you and yours during this difficult time. Blain & Tanya Burton

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Shirley Orr a publié une condoléance .

So sorry, such a shock. My prayers and thoughts are with you. I just went through this a short time ago. It will not be easy, But God will give you strength.

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Celinda (Ward) Hanna a publié une condoléance .

So sorry for your loss and my condolences to your family. I was one of Gary’s classmates in THS class of 1970. I have many fond memories of him and was saddened to hear of his passing.

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Loretta a publié une condoléance .

My precious Kim! I know you will miss him more than words can ever say! You guys had quite a love story, something that will carry you through the heartache you are experiencing. I know the Lord will help you and your children and grandchildren through this very difficult time. We love you and are here for you. Hopefully, we will see you soon. Love you Always!

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Dprather3537@gmail.com a publié une condoléance .

Kim, I’m thinking of you and sending my love to you and your family. Hold dear the memories as they are flowers that always bloom.

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David Williams a publié une condoléance .

Kim and Family, I know no words can soothe the hurt you feel in your hearts now, but I send heartfelt prayers of comfort and healing to you all.

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Tim a publié une condoléance .

Kim, you have endured so much with deep love and grace. Gary was a beautiful human spirit. May you and your family be blessed with God's comfort, peace and the assurance of a reunion in the future. Love and warm hugs to you always, Tim

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Jake Concha a publié une condoléance .

Gary, I wont forget that day with the breakfast burrito. You showed me kindness and forgivness that day. I will miss talking to you while I pay for my groceries. Thankyou Gary.

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Bev a publié une condoléance .

Kim, Just a note to say I am thinking of you and sending a Love and a Prayers.

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Tammie Romero a publié une condoléance .

Kim and family, My deepest condolences for all of you. To this day, Gary remembered my name any time I went into the store, and even though it was normally a "hi, how are you doing today" conversation, I always knew he meant it. He was such a sweet and caring man. He will be missed greatly, as will that warm smile he gave as he said hi!

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Kelly Jackson a publié une condoléance .

I am so sorry to hear about Gary’s passing. My heart goes out to y’all.

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Judy West a publié une condoléance .

My heart is broken for all of you as you mourn the loss of Gary. Please know that my love, thoughts, and prayers are with all of you.

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Linda a publié une condoléance .

Kim we loved Gary so much! I know the loss is great but let the memories be greater. Wonderful gift from our loving Father. Much love to all of you!

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Melisa Martinez a publié une condoléance .

He will be greatly missed! He is loved and cherished!! Greatest sympathy to Kim, Shana, Amanda, Amber, Aaron, Logan, and loving family members he leaves behind. Gary is the best man I know. He is an amazing husband, father, friend, mentor, and all around good person. He is definitely Vinking Strong!! Sending all my love and prayers! I will miss you Gary!!! Millydawn

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Mitch Gonzales a publié une condoléance .

I CAN'T BELIEVE GARY PASSED AWAY. I'LL ALWAYS REMEMBER HIM AT SUPERSAVE WITH HIS GREAT PERSONALITY. GOD BLESS HIS FAMILY. REST IN PEACE GARY!!!! YOU WILL BE MISSED

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