Richard Cook, 67, died on June 18e following a long course of early Alzheimer’s disease.
Richard was born in 1954 in upstate New York and the family moved to California. He swam competitively, eventually ranked 18e in the world in the 400 free. He attended Stanford University where he met his wife Perry. They worked for several years for a traveling medical group as well as on his grandmother’s ranch where he fell in love with ranch life. After earning a degree in computer science, he worked for Northern Telecom, developing their 911 emergency system (and supporting Perry through medical school), then transferred to Silicon Valley. After Perry completed his radiology residency, they moved to his dream ranch in Lander and where, he said, he traded software for “liveware.”
He lived in Lander for the next 30 years, raising his two beloved children, Carlyn and Ross, and raising cattle and sheep, caring for dogs and peacocks as well as foreign parrots, cats and geckos. He served on the Fremont County Library Board during the construction of the new Lander Library, as well as on FCSD Board #1 during the planning and construction of the new high school. He coached the Lander Swim Club for over 20 years, always delighted to see non-swimmers converted to swimmers and swimmers excel in racing. He enjoyed riding in the mountains, hunting, reading, singing and shooting, but above all spending time with his family and friends.
He was kind, loving, interested in everyone and everything. He embodied the classic Renaissance man.
He is survived by his children Carlyn (in North Carolina), Ross (in Laramie), his wife Perry and two sisters.
He will be greatly missed. Donations in his name may be made to the Lander Swim Club.