Bill Cook, Sept. 16, 1946 – Oct. 19, 2018

by Placerville Newswire / Oct 27, 2018 / comments

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Bill Cook, a resident of Cameron Park, passed away surrounded by his family, after a long battle with liver disease and interstitial lung disease, at Mercy (Dignity Health) Hospital in Folsom, Calif. 

Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife Gail M. Cook, his loving sister Christine Cook Miller, his brother James Cook, his sons Thomas D. Cook, Bryan M. Cook and Erin P. Cook; three grandchildren; two nephews; and many cousins and friends. Bill was the oldest of seven children. He was born into a military family. Bill moved frequently while growing up including Germany and Ethiopia, as well as Arlington Virginia. During junior high school, the family settled in Petaluma, CA, where Bill graduated from Petaluma high school in 1965. Bill held a bachelors of science degree from California State University, San Jose in electronics. With his technical knowledge he landed a job at Lockheed Martin in Sunnyvale, Calif., for more than 20 years as a quality engineer. Bill loved his job. He was able to travel a lot, which he loved. He was even chosen to work on the Hubble Space Telescope. 

Locally, Bill was a member of Elk Lodge 1712 located in Shingle Springs, Calif. He was a member for about five years, two of which he acted as the treasurer. Bill along with his wife Gail were devout animal advocate/activists. They were past volunteers at the El Dorado County Animal Shelter and attended animal abuse trials at the Sacramento Superior Court; writing and visiting with judges, lawyers and district attorneys.  They also started a public group, “Friends Who Love Animals,” now at over 1,400 members, which began locally and has expanded to a national level.

He loved traveling to Hawaii, and most recently in 2017, he and his wife Gail took their dream trip to England. Bill had a wonderful sense of humor. 


A celebration of life will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, at the Chapel of the Pines, 2855 Cold Springs Road, Placerville, Calif. 95667, (530) 622–3813. Burial will immediately follow around 12:30 p.m. at the Westwood Hills Memorial Park, which is located across the street from the Chapel.