David Cooke was born on June 16, 1953, at the US Navy Hospital in Portsmouth, VA. He grew up in Canoga Park, CA where he attended El Camino Real High School. He was an Eagle Scout and active in the Boy Scout Explorer post when he hiked the John Muir Trail. He graduated from Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA followed by the University of Texas Medical School in Houston where he earned his medical degree. He completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Missouri when he decided to specialize in neurology and complete his neurology residency at The University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio. He married Sandra (Covey) Cooke on March 5, 1983, in San Antonio. Over the next 35 years, he established a neurology practice in Lewisville and Denton, Texas. He and his wife Sandy raised two daughters, Allison (Cooke) Endsley and Katie Cooke in Highland Village, TX. Following retirement in 2019, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer which he battled valiantly for more than two years. In June 2021, he moved to his favorite mountains in the Animas Valley near Durango, CO where he passed peacefully. David was preceded in death by David H. Cooke and Joyce Cooke (parents), Lee Covey (father-in-law). He is survived by Sandra Cooke (spouse), Allison Endsley (daughter), Derek Endsley (son in law) and granddaughters, Brielle and Emma, Katie Cooke (daughter), Grace Cooke (sister). Aunts Anne Nix and Marie Larsen. Cousins Dan Lowery, Mike Lowery and Frank Lowery, Amber Laurent, Candace Tweed, Bob Nix and Carol Gonsoulin. No floral contributions are necessary but donations to the American Cancer Society
will be appreciated.
Published by The Durango Herald on Dec. 22, 2021.