Former IYSA Board Member Dean Cook Passes Away

Dean R. Cook, 62, of Idaho Falls, passed away on March 31, 2014, at his home.

Dean had served in several capacities on the IYSA board over many years, the last being the Director of Competition. He retired from the board at the end in 2012 to focus on being President of Bonneville Youth Soccer League in Idaho Falls.

"He will be truly missed by the many of us that knew him.  His tireless work and commitment to the sport and to the kids that play it have earnt Dean countless lifelong friendships throughout this State." Said Craig Warner, Executive Director of IYSA.  "The numerous calls and e-mails that I have received since his passing just goes to show how much he meant to the soccer community of Idaho"


He was born November 20, 1951, in Idaho Falls, Idaho to Orville F. Cook and May Christina Ritchie Cook. He grew up in the area and attended Bonneville and Rigby High Schools. Following graduating he attended Rick’s College in Rexburg where he earned his Associate’s Degree.


On January 15, 1971, he married Joan Hancock in Idaho Falls. They were later divorced. Dean owned Roche Moving and Storage for 25 years. He was president of the Bonneville Youth Soccer League and pioneered the growth of soccer in Idaho Falls. He coached local club soccer for 25 years including 16 years at Idaho Falls High School.


He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and held numerous callings, including Elder’s Quorum President, Ward Clerk, Ward Executive Secretary, and teacher in the High Priest’s Quorum.


Survivors are:

Son: Ryan (Nicole) Cook, Idaho Falls, ID

Son: Corey Cook, Salt Lake City, UT

Daughter: Kira (Jonathan) Thornton, Dallas, TX

Sister: Joan (Larry) Hawker, Jarbidge, NV

Sister: Brenda Johnson, Idaho Falls, ID

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Chad; 3 brothers, Blain, Boyd, and Paul Cook; and a sister, Dolores Anderson.


 A Memorial Fund has been setup by his son Ryan. The family are requesting donations in leiu of flowers. All proceeds will go towards Deans funeral expenses.


Checks payable to :


1365 MOJAVE,




Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 5, 2014, at the Idaho Falls Central Stake Center (2025 Jennie Lee Drive) with Bishop Randy Peterson, of the Idaho Falls LDS 11th Ward, officiating. The family will visit with friends on Friday from 6:30-8 p.m. and Saturday from 10-10:45 a.m., both at the stake center. Burial will be in Fielding Memorial Park.