Dean Cook

For Dean: It was always about the kids.
For Dean: It was always about the kids.

On March 31, 2013, Dean Cook, President of Bonneville Youth Soccer League passed away. Dean was a fixture in the Eastern Idaho soccer community for decades and has devoted innumerable hours to improving the sport, and ensuring that the youth of Eastern Idaho had opportunities to participate at every level. It is no stretch to say that Eastern Idaho soccer would not be the same without him. The passion Dean had for the game of soccer was undeniable, and his unselfish nature and heart set a fantastic example for the lives he touched. We don’t come across men like Dean Cook very often, and the Eastern Idaho community was blessed to have been touched by him. BYSL has lost an icon that can’t be replaced, may he rest in peace.

Dean ALWAYS tried to find a place for every kid that wanted to play.
Dean ALWAYS tried to find a place for every kid that wanted to play.

Dean was easily recognizable by his bushy beard and twinkling eyes. My kids called him “the Santa Claus guy.” He was always willing to do whatever it took to take care of the Bonneville Youth Soccer League and the programs it ran. Just two days before his passing, I met with Dean at Community Park to pick up the registrations for a few more kids that had been added to my U10 soccer team. I was about fifteen minutes late, and found him sitting in his grey jeep looking out on the empty fields. I apologized for being late, he just smiled and said it’s peaceful and I like it here. We talked soccer for 5 or 10 minutes before I had to hurry off. He stayed there. I don’t know if he was waiting for someone else, or was just enjoying the peace and quiet of fields he’d undoubtedly spent hundreds of hours on over the past few decades.

Spring 2014-Odyssey Girls showing off their "DIFD" ("Do it for Dean") patches.
Spring 2014-Odyssey Girls showing off their “DIFD” (“Do it for Dean”) patches.

Administration of BYSL was been something I’d always taken for granted. Over the last few months, after volunteering to be Vice-President of BYSL, I finally started to see all of the time, work, and effort that goes into running something like BYSL, which provides opportunities for thousands of kids to be involved in soccer in Eastern Idaho through its Youth Development Program, Club Progam, Junior High Program, and the Snake River League, among others. Dean was involved in every aspect of BYSL, and made sure that things got done, whether there was anyone to help him or not. In addition, to running BYSL, he also was typically coaching or helping with several teams and was also the President of Odyssey Soccer Club.

Dean was an inspiration and his legacy of determination and his passion for the game will remain reminders that we should live every day, and coach or play every game, as if it is our last.

Dan Beck, Vice-President (Acting President) of BYSL

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To visit the Wood Funeral Home Memorial Page for Dean (including guestbook, life legacy, etc. click here.  

If you have any photographs or would like to add anything to this tribute page, please email Dan Beck at beck_dan@hotmail.com (subject line “Dean Cook Tribute Page”).

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You don’t know me, but you knew my father. A lot of people in the soccer community knew him as well as my brothers Ryan and Corey, but not many people knew he had a daughter. That was mostly my fault as I had spent a lot of my growing up bouncing back and forth between my parents after their divorce in 1994. One thing he always told me was to do what made me happy. If at the time it meant living with my mom then that was OK. And if it meant living with him then that was even better. My father was truly a giving and selfless man and the one thing he loved more than soccer were his kids. I just happened to find the page dedicated to his memory on the BYSL website this morning. I’m not sure when it was originally posted so I apologize for sending this message later than I would have liked. But I wanted to personally send my thanks for all of the support my family has received from the soccer community, within the BYSL and the entire state of Idaho. His love and dedication has touched and influenced the lives of so many, it’s overwhelming just thinking about it. And to see so many people come together to repay that love and dedication when my brother’s and I needed it the most is a testament of the love you all had for him as well. I hope everyone at the BYSL will be able to keep his passion for the game alive and continue to support his philosophy that every kid counts.
Sincerely,
Kira Thornton
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BYSA Blacksnakes and the whole soccer community of Blackfoot and Snake River send our deepest condolences to family, friends, and those who were close to Mr. Dean Cook.  Mr. Cook had a positive impact on so many lives, words cannot describe this great loss.  BYSA will greatly miss his hard work and dedication to the sport we love, Rest in Peace.

BYSA Blacksnake Soccer

 

On behalf of Upper Valley Soccer we are saddened to hear of the loss of Dean.  We send our condolences to his family, friends and those who work closely with him.  Our Southeastern Soccer family will greatly miss him!  Let us know how we can show support in anyway.

Sincerely,

Upper Valley Soccer Foundation, Rexburg

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Terribly sad!  Our hearts and prayers go out to his immediate family and the whole soccer family.  Please give us details as they emerge.

I will miss him greatly!

Steve Adlard, Technical Director,  Idaho Youth Soccer Association

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On behalf of Gate City Soccer please pass onto his family and friends our deepest  condolences go out to them in this time of their loss. We shall miss him from the entire District Level and as a many year friend I shall miss him as well. rest asure we shall all miss Dean and his laugh and smile on the pitch. Rest in Peace our leader and friend.

Gate City Youth Soccer

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My deepest codolences to Dean’s family and all of those that were fortunate enough to have been part of his life.  My family and I feel lucky to have known Dean and to have had him coach our son, Brandon.  He was a positive influence in the lives of countless  young people on and off the pitch!

Sincerely,

John, Isabel,  Brandon and Elizabeth Bob

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On behalf of Teton FC we want to send our condolences to the Cook family at this time. You are in our thoughts!

Carianne Jacobsen and the coaching staff

Thoughts and prayers for his family and Soccer Club kids.

Steph Hale Edwards

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On behalf of the Fusion U14 Girls-Our condolences go out to Dean Cook’s family.

Jeremy Johnson 

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Dean you will be missed. You did so much for soccer and the Idaho Falls area thanks for all you did.

Trina Kauer

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He has been such a great example for my son. We are sad for his loss.

Wendy McUne Norman

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RIP Dean. You were doing this before I got involved back in 89. I figure you are with your son. You will be missed.

 Donald A. Johnson

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I am in shock. He dedicated so much unselfish time to the betterment of Idaho Falls youth. He will most definitely be missed. Idaho Falls Revolution expresses their sincere condolences to his family.

Kara Peterson

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Our prayers go out to Ryan, Corey and family. We are so sorry for your loss!

Julie Archibald

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So sorry for your loss!

Holly Eddins

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Nooooo! I am gutted, this is tragic. I first met Dean & Joan in 1987 when he organized an adult 6v6 Tournament in Idaho Falls. I always considered Dean “one of the good guys” of Idaho soccer. He reminded all concerned that players always came first. I am stunned. What a great guy. Everytime I went to a tournament in Idaho Falls I knew I would have the opportunity to sit down & chat about youth soccer with Dean….bugger! On behalf of all Sawtooth United players & parents, Dean will always be in our thoughts.

Richard Whitelaw

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Soccer and Dean Cook go hand in hand. So sorry to hear of this.

Angie Myra-Stofey

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Dean has done more for soccer in East Idaho in my 15 years living in Idaho Falls than any other person I know. We lost a good man. He was my son’s coach. He was a man I considered a good friend. Our prayers go up for his family and others.

Jason A. Child

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Wow, Dean truly gave his life to the game of soccer and we are lucky to be among those to call him coach. Odyssey and BYSL will not be the same without him.

Sheila Flanders Rusch

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The boys and I from Odyssey U-16 can all agree that Dean has done more for our team (and Idaho Falls soccer in general) than we could ever understand. This is a sock to all of us, and we will miss him a lot.

Cooper Murri

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He will be very missed. He did so much for me growing up. I couldn’t thank him enough.

Paris Solis

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Dean was always so concerned that every kid had a team to play on. If it meant that he would take on the coaching responsibilities of yet another team, he did it. For the Love of the Game…He will be missed.

Jeff

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I am the director at Jackson Hole Youth Soccer. I am deeply saddened to hear this news. Please let us know where flowers, card and/or a donation can be sent to. I know the SRL was Dean’s “baby” and am sure you are all reeling from this. My condolences to you all.

Dan Norton

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…Dean was and will always be considered family to me. Will be deeply missed.

 Randi

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…He was a good man and left a positive footprint on a lot of kids… IYSA President

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This shocks me greatly. Please keep me informed as to dates of service, etc. Dean was a good person and a good friend, my thoughts and prayers are with you, the family and the whole soccer community in Idaho Falls. If IYSA can help in any way, please let us know.

 Craig

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I can name countless experiences where Dean Cook has done something to help me and my boys enjoy soccer and welcomed us into the soccer program in Idaho Falls. He will be missed greatly.

Heather Foster Kay

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Thanks to his help and amazing ability to tweek the scheduling, we were able to grow the club soccer part of Ashton soccer, and it wouldn’t have been possible without him. His influence made a difference in sixteen years of Ashton soccer, involving, hundreds of youth over the years. What a great legacy!

Our deepest sympathies,

Dave and Julie Jacobson

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…I have a message from Scott Foster who as you probably know was a player of Dean’s who moved to Pocatello. He is unable to make the funeral, but he said that he’s sorry he can’t come, but Dean was the best coach he’s ever had and he loves him…

Ircia Orihuela

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