I consider Doug as one of my life-long best friends. Doug was unique, and I will not be able to capture all of that here.
Doug had his own perspective on many of life’s social conventions and norms. He had outright contempt for those who acted in a way considered “phony.” “How are you?” “How you doin’?” and similar expressions drove Doug nuts. I tried to convince him those were just ways people said hello to each other, but he had no patience for hollow niceties.
Doug was truly a gifted athlete but he could not abide the coaches in high school who did not treat their athletes as thoughtful individuals, deserving of respect. He was unwilling to “go along to get along”. He made no attempt to hide his views, and that cost him. His refusal to play along derailed what likely would have been an outstanding high school athletic career.
Above all else, Doug loved his family--his mom and dad, his wife, Karen, and their children, Austin and Alyssa. Doug would do anything to help them and make sure they were safe and well-protected, all their financial and emotional needs met.
Doug was a loyal friend. He would criticize and cajole at times, but once Doug called you friend, he would always be there to offer any support he could. Over the years, Doug and I had drifted apart a bit, but when he learned that I had MS, he and Bill Wagoner drove right down to Los Altos right away to see how I was. I think, more than anything else, Doug wanted to let me know that he was there for me.
Doug battled his cancer with heroism. When it became apparent to him that he would not succeed, he faced his situation with a rueful acceptance. One year, when he knew he did not have much longer, he was determined to go to spring training. He wanted to go with both Bill and me to spend time with us and to get our perspective on the end of life.
A story from that trip to Arizona shows what kind of guy Doug was. I was still able to walk then but it had become a struggle for me. When we left the ballpark one day, Bill went ahead to get the car. As Doug and I were slowly walking along, he called for a stop. He was not thinking about himself, or his own impending death. He wanted to find a place for me to sit down so that I could rest for a moment or two. On that trip, it was Bill and I who wanted to look out for Doug. But in his always caring and sincere way, Doug was still thinking about his friends and their needs.
Doug, I miss you. And I will do my best to remember your birthday, Nov. 5th, this year. You always remembered mine and called me to wish me a happy birthday. It is with love and with an appreciation for you and your life that I have written these words.
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.
David Kenneth Crawford, a longtime resident of South Lake Tahoe, passed away at his home on Friday, April 23, 2010 after a short, valiant struggle with cancer. Dave was born in Oakland, CA on June 14, 1951 to Cal and Betty Crawford and grew up in Walnut Creek.
Dave was a graduate of Del Valle High School in Walnut Creek. He married Candise Fisher in 1976 and they had two children, Katie and Ryan, and were married 29 years. In 1986 he moved his family to South Lake Tahoe where he bought and ran his own business, Mt. Glass and Door Service and spent the last 24 years working hard to provide for his family.
Dave's infectious smile, amazing sense of humor, his uncanny skills at sneaky practical jokes and the deep caring that underlied all that he did will be missed by every one of us. Dave loved Lake Tahoe, running at Camp Richardson, spending time with his family and grandchildren and more recently trekking in the deserts of Nevada with his fiancee Linda. Dave also loved to travel to places like Belize, Hawaii, Grand Cayman and most recently a beloved trip with Linda to Italy.
Dave is survived by a large and loving family including his parents Betty and Cal Crawford; fiancee Linda Giannoni; daughter Katie Crawford Beattie (Brandon); son Ryan Crawford (John); two grandchildren Calvin and June Beattie; brother Tim Crawford (Donna); sister Jeanette Crawford Baird (Jim); aunts Marie Running, Alma Zenoni and Bernadine Innerbickler; 11 cousins; many nieces and nephews and countless friends. He was also a great friend and mentor to Linda's two children, Lacey and Ray Ficklin.
A memorial service is being held on Saturday, May 8th at noon, at St Theresa's in S. Lake Tahoe, with a reception at the church's hall immediately following,
In lieu of flowers, his family respectfully requests donations in Dave's name to St. Jude Children's Hospital or The American Cancer Society.