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Mack Reynolds Cook, 94, died due to complications with a fall and fractured hip on January 5, 2022 at Covington Senior Living next to his cherished wife. He was born May 25, 1927 in Provo, UT, the son of John McKinley Cook and Chloe Susan Reynolds Cook.
Mack went to Lincoln High in Orem. He followed the trade of a machinist and welder gaining his training working on the Union Pacific Railroad, Strong Company in Springville, and later retired from Geneva Steel in Orem. He interrupted his career to serve loyally in the Navy during World War II in San Diego, CA until the war ended in 1945. Aboard ship he had the duties of maintaining and repairing as well as a designated leader to make sure all sailors returned to the ship safely after the weekend. He was well liked and trusted by his comrades and co-workers.
On March 14, 1959, Mack married the love of his life, Ronilla Hunsaker in the Manti Temple. He cared for his wife loyally and lovingly for 62 years; providing a comfortable lifestyle all the days of his life for her and treasured his wife and family. He participated in competitive softball as an adult. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping and jeep adventures. He actively participated in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serving throughout his life and ministering to others even while living in an assistive living community. He served in leadership opportunities as a Ward Mission and Stake Mission leader and Elders Quorum President planning memorable activities including Pig Roast campouts for the ward. He served two missions at both the Lindon Cannery and the Cove Fort Mission where he was the Assistant Director and Head Gardener. Sharing his talents of gardening with others was common throughout his life and he was often found tilling in the community on his tractor and harvesting apples from the orchard behind their Lindon home. Mack had an appreciation for nature raising birds and animals throughout his lifetime. Collecting rocks was a lifelong hobby. He made tables with the rocks inlaid for his posterity, created decorative rope baskets, and belt buckles and bolo ties with his free time. He spent many a day with puzzles and would finish and frame them. Each of his children and grandchildren have one of his framed puzzles. You can tell the way Mack tackled life by these phrases remembered by his family, “Oh my heck!”, “Well, whatever you want.” “Do you want to go for ice-cream?”, “Go ask your mom.” And “Well, is that right.”
Mack is known for his easy-going, forgiving, cheerful nature; beloved by all who met him. He is non-judgmental, tender, and genuinely loves people. He is a playful tease with an inner kindness deep in his soul.
He is predeceased by his parents and sisters, Renon, Elaine, Gloria, Maxine, Janice and Carol.
Mack is survived his wife Ronilla Hunsaker Cook; daughters: Sydney Cook, Sandra (Don) Peppin, Maxine (Jay) Embry, Debra (Doug) Baldridge and son Steven Mack (Juan) Cook; 32 Grandchildren, 42 Great Grandchildren, his brother David (Tonia) Cook and many nieces and nephews.
A service of remembrance and celebration of Mack’s life will be held Monday, January 10, 2022 at 12:00 pm in the Pleasant Grove 12th Ward Chapel, 828 South Locust Avenue where family and friends may attend a viewing from 10:00 am-11:45 am prior to funeral services. Burial will take place at 1:30 pm in the Lindon Cemetery with military honors conducted by American Legion Post 72.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.olpinmortuary.com.