Donald “Don” Ray Cook, Loveland, Colo., died Sunday, May 10, 2020.
Don was born Feb. 20, 1935, in Algona to Raymond “Ray” Tilton and Katherine “Pat” (Cavanaugh) Cook. He graduated from Algona High School in 1953. He was an accomplished trumpeter and played in his dad’s swing band across Iowa.
On Aug. 23, 1958, Don married fellow Algonan Nancy Emeline Kain (daughter of George and Florence (Black) Kain) at St. Cecelia’s Catholic Church, Algona. Don graduated summa cum laude in 1959 from the University of Iowa. A devout Hawkeyes fan, he earned his master’s degree in Modern European History in 1961. Don moved with his family to southern California where he taught social science for 10 years at Claremont High School. In 1972, Don and family moved to Loveland, Colo., where he became the founding director of an alternative high school. After many years in administration, Don left the field to become a stockbroker for A.G. Edwards & Sons in Loveland until his retirement in 1994. Don had many interests in his retirement including combining his passion for history with his love of family to write and publish, “Grandma was a Tilton.”
He is survived by his children: Kimberly Cook-Mayer (Frank Mayer), Clark, Colo.; David (Laura) Cook, Oakland, Calif.; and Sharon Cook (Eric Nielsen), Loveland, Colo. Also surviving are two grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; his brother-in-law John “JC” (Barb) Kain, Phoenix, Ariz.; and sister-in-law Janelle (the late Patrick) Kain, Ames, as well as many great-grandchildren, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death was his wife of 61 years, Nancy Kain, on Feb. 19, 2020.