Steven Louis Cook passed over on December 21, 2018 surrounded by his devoted and loving family. He was the son of Kenneth C. and Barbara J. Cook of Walnut Creek, CA and the youngest sibling to Leslie Lindberg of Santa Rosa, CA and Christi DeGrandi of Switzerland.
Steve is survived by Nancy, his wife of 41 years, his daughter Kristina Skinner, son-in-law Mark Skinner and their two children Amanda and Cole of Mt. Shasta and his son Chad Cook, daughter-in-law Jessica Cook and their two children Caleb and England of Sacramento, CA.
Steve was raised in Walnut Creek, CA. His childhood was filled with outdoor adventures in hunting, fishing and camping with family and friends. Following his graduation from Del Valle High School in 1969, Steve worked with students at the Las Trampas School in Lafayette. He later became a cadet in the Walnut Creek Police Department where he worked while attending Diablo Valley College. Steve graduated from CSU Sacramento with a B.S. degree in psychology in 1983. Following his graduation, the Cook family moved to Mt. Shasta where he lived for 20 years followed by 7 years in Brookings, OR before retiring to Redding, CA.
Steve worked for 22 years as a brakeman and a conductor for the Southern Pacific Railroad. His career was cut short due to a tragic accident at work which left Steve with a below knee amputation in 1994.
The loss of his leg did not affect his outlook on life or ability to enjoy life to its fullest. To say that Steve had an exuberance of life would be an understatement. He enjoyed sailing, golfing, traveling the world many times over and music, all music and especially live in concert. Above all, Steve was happiest when he was entertaining family and dear friends. When not traveling, Steve and Nancy would always be the center of gatherings at their home where all were welcomed. Besides being the quintessential host, Steve was a loyal friend, a trusted advisor, an amazing husband and father, the pillar of “his” community and the patriarch of our family. Words cannot express the loss of Steven Louis Cook, but his passion for life and his devotion to all who knew him will never be forgotten.
We will be celebrating the life of Steve Cook, Tee-Vee-Lulu, Cookie Man, Cooker, S.L. Cook on Sunday, February 24, 2019, 12:00 noon at the Redding Elks Lodge- 250 Elk Dr. in Redding.