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Edwin "Ted" Charles Cook


Edwin "Ted" Charles Cook passed away March 13, 2016 in Salt Lake City. 

He was born at home on April 21, 1937 in Green River to Edwin and Lillian Cook.

He grew up in Green River. He was a graduate of Green River High School in 1956.  He married Shirley Mae Clark on October 6, 1956 in Green River. To this union came four children, two sons and two daughters. Ted and Shirley were sealed together in the Salt Lake Temple on April 1, 1965. Their children were sealed to them on that day as well.  Ted was looking forward to October 2016 as it would be their 60th wedding anniversary.   

Ted worked most of his life in the energy industry. He helped construct the gas plant at Opal for El Paso Natural Gas and then began a 35-year career with El Paso, Northwest Pipeline and finally Williams, all at the same plant.  He was a self-educated man who studied during his time off  through a correspondence course to better his ability to provide for his family.  This resulted in a degree and more than 20 years as an instrumentation and controls technician for company.   

Ted had two priorities in life, First, his personal relationship with God and second, his family. He had the gift of always looking for the good in others. He was very independent.  He shoveled snow and split firewood up until his passing. He was known to shovel side walks and mow the lawns for the widows he home taught.

He served more than five decades as a volunteer in the Boy Scouts of America.  He served at almost every level and was recognized for his service with the District Award of Merit and the Silver Beaver.

He was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and served faithfully in many capacities.  Attending his meetings on Sunday, to renew his covenants with God, was extremely important to him.  He did everything in his power to attend every child blessing, baptism and priesthood ordination and would get distressed if it wasn't possible to attend.  

Ted is survived by his wife Shirley Cook of Kemmerer and his four children, Tom and wife Marie Cook of Cody, Tammie and husband Gordon Ball of Rock Springs, Teddie and husband Bob Baldwin of Phoenix, and Jeff and wife Nadine Cook of Glenns Ferry, Idaho. He leaves behind 14 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, two brothers and two sisters. Ted is also survived by many nieces, nephews and two sisters-in-law. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister and a brother.   

A viewing will take place Friday from 6-8 p.m. at Ball Funeral Chapel while services take place Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Kemmerer LDS Stake Center with Bishop Dearden conducting. Interment will be held at the South Lincoln Cemetery in Kemmerer. Online condolences may be left at


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