David Patrick Cook, 75, of Hazen, was called home on September 24, 2023, surrounded by his loved ones. Pat was born in Linz, Austria, on December 4th, 1947, to Dave Lewis and Helen Cook. When Pat was nine months old, he and his parents docked at Ellis Island, New York and eventually found their home in Hazen.
Pat attended the Hazen School District and was a member of the 1965 graduating class. During high school, he met the love of his life, Carolyn Sue Tompkins, and they were married in 1966. Soon thereafter, he was drafted into the US Navy and served in the Vietnam War. After returning from the war, Pat soon found himself outnumbered in his household. They welcomed three beautiful baby girls into their home, and although life was hectic at times, he managed to spoil them all. Pat worked several jobs but found his home at Riceland Foods where he met and worked with lifelong friends. After 42 years and at the age of 70, Pat retired from Riceland Foods as a construction superintendent. Pat loved to hunt and fish, and he spent as much time outdoors as possible. He and Carolyn loved to travel, and after his retirement, they did just that. From cruises, to beaches, to many, many trips to their cabin in Branson, Pat and Carolyn enjoyed their time exploring together and were often accompanied by their children and grandchildren. Pat loved many things in this world, but being a Pawpaw might have been his favorite. He never missed a school or sporting event that any of his grandchildren participated in, no matter how far away they may have been. Pat also enjoyed having all of his babies over for a cookout, and no matter if he was grilling, or frying, or refereeing one of the many backyard ballgames, he was truly the happiest while he was catering to his family.
Pat is survived by his wife of 57 years and best friend, Carolyn Cook; his three daughters, Regina (Freddie) Ibbotson, Tracie (Billy) Harrison, and Angie (Davy) Williams; his grandchildren, BJ (Chelsey) Harrison, Josh Harrison, Taylor (Paige) Ibbotson, Parker Ibbotson, Bryce (Elaina) Sims, Brenon (Abby) Williams, Brayden Williams, and Brance Williams; his great-grandchildren, Maeve and Bishop Harrison, Ellie Kate Ibbotson, Eden and Garner Sims, and Palmer Williams; and his niece Carie Cook. He is preceded in death by parents Dave Lewis and Helen Cook; his brother and sister-in-law Gary and Cathy Cook; and his niece Kim Cook-Warner.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Hazen Booster Club, PO Box 463, Hazen, Arkansas 72064. The family appreciates the love and support during this time.
Visitation and Celebration of Life will be held at the Westbrook Chapel, 115 North Livermore St., Hazen, Arkansas 72064. Visitation- 1:00 p.m. / Celebration of Life- 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 28th, 2023.