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Obituary: Clark J Crook

1922 ~ 2004

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Clark J Crook, age 81, died October 20, 2004 on his beloved farm in Heber, Utah.

He was born in Logan, Utah, November 10, 1922, the son of William Clark and Kezia Heaton Crook. The family moved to Heber where they farmed. J graduated from Wasatch High School and then attended Utah State University.

During World War II, J enlisted in the army and served in the Signal Corps. While training in New Jersey, he met his future wife, Phyllis. He served both in the Pacific and European theaters and when the war ended, he returned to New Jersey where they were married, March 17, 1946, (later sealed in the Salt Lake Temple). The newlyweds returned to Heber to run the family dairy farm. In addition to managing the farm, J worked as a mail carrier, delivering good cheer to those on his route. He also carried on the Crook family tradition of being a volunteer National Weather Observer.

J was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served in ward and stake positions and in Scouting. He and Phyllis were called to the Peoria Illinois mission where they served both in Quincy, Illinois and Hannibal Missouri. He was proud of his family and their accomplishments. He was especially proud of his son John who is currently serving in Iraq. He showed his children how to mix hard work with fun and laughter.

He was preceded in death by his parents Clark and Kezia Crook, brothers William Esplin and Giles Crook and sister Beth Thurber. He leaves behind his wife Phyllis and six children: Patricia (Ken) Adams Las Vegas, Nevada; Virginia "Annie" (Kurt) DeGroff Provo, Utah; James (Dixie) Logan, Utah; Susan, Salt Lake City, Utah; John (Terri) Watkins, Colorado;

and Thomas (Brenda) Marathon, New York; and 19 grandchildren and 13 great-grand-children.

Funeral services will be held on Monday At 11 a.m. at the Heber 12th Ward, 715 E. 600 So. Friends may call Sunday 6-8 p.m. at the Olpin-Hoopes Funeral Home. Also Monday at the Church from 9:45-10:45 a.m. Interment will be at the Heber City Cemetery with Military Honors.

Condolences may be sent to the family at olpinhoopesfh@aol.com