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Sheldon Ray Cook

08/29/1961 - 01/20/2015
Service Date: 01/24/2015
Service Time: 11:00 AM
Service Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Gilbert 6th Ward Chapel, 2700 E. Guadalupe Road, Gilbert, Arizona

Sheldon R. Cook, 53, passed from this life while surrounded by family in his home on January 20, 2015. He was born on August 29, 1961 in Moses Lake, WA, and spent most of his childhood in the Great Northwest where he attended Lake Oswego High School. Sheldon served a full-time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Adelaide, Australia Mission. Post-mission he met his wife, Kittrean Tanner, and they were married and sealed in the Salt Lake City LDS temple, November 6, 1986. Sheldon earned a Bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University in Business Administration. After graduation he spent seven years in the Indian Trade business in Farmington and Shiprock, New Mexico. Sheldon then moved his family to Gilbert, Arizona where he started and was a partner at a mortgage lending company. Later in his career, he became a successful real estate agent in the valley. Diagnosed with cancer in late 2008, Sheldon maintained high spirits during his six year battle and never slowed down, working up until five days before he died. Sheldon especially loved family, friends, tennis and papaya. He took pride in his children’s accomplishments and went out of his way to help neighbors and friends.

Those who wish to pay their respects are invited to a family and friends reception at Bunker’s Garden Chapel, 33 N. Centennial Way in Mesa on Friday, January 23rd, 6-8:00 pm.  The funeral service will be held Saturday, January 24th, 11:00 am at the LDS Chapel located at 2700 E. Guadalupe Road in Gilbert, Arizona. Interment will be at the City of Mesa Cemetery.


  • Ronald & Tamara Lee Family

    Expressing to you our deepest condolences and our sincere prayers for peace and comfort.

    The Lee Family

  • Justin and Cheristy Monson Family

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. May the Spirit of Comfort and the proximity of loved ones buoy you up and strengthen you.

    The Monsons

  • Rick & Janel Durfee Family

    Love and prayers for your family!! God be with you all!

  • Brent and Jean Larsen and Family

    Our hearts are full of sympathy for you during this difficult time. We pray that you may receive peace and comfort from our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ through the Holy Ghost. Sheldon was such a good, honest, friendly, fun, and genuine man. We feel blessed to have known him.

    Love, The Brent and Jean Larsen Family

  • Tom & Anna Hansen

    Our deepest sympathy on your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

  • Anita Butterfield

    I am so saddend by Sheldon’s passing. He was a dear friend and co-worker. He had such a great sense of humor and was very kind. I pray that God will grant you peace and strength. I will be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers always.


    Anita Butterfield

  • Kristen McEntire

    I am so sorry to hear about Sheldon. I did not know him very well, but I would see him around the office. He was always very nice, respectful to everyone around him, and always had a very gentle demeanor about him. Everyone here has nothing but wonderful things to say about him. It sounds like he was a pretty good friend to have and he will be greatly missed. My deepest sympathy and prayers are with you and your entire family….

  • Sheldon is one of the people instrumental in the development of my career. He is someone I have always looked up to as a man of principle and dedication to his family and career. I have had several wonderful encouraging conversations with him over the years and can say it was a privilege to known him. He will be sorely missed and my deepest condolences go to his family, loved ones, and those whose lives he changed.

  • Troy and Alisha Hector

    Amazing – one word to describe Sheldon Cook. We had the absolute pleasure of knowing Sheldon since 2004, and our lives were so much better because of him. His sense of humor was unmatched. His caring and compassion unrelenting. You will be missed our dear friend.

    Wishing all the best to the Cook family. Our prayers and thoughts are filled with you and yours!


    The Hector’s

  • Tom and Jen Frost

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Sheldon was a always so kind to our family. He will be missed.

  • Sherl and Kathy Plowman

    Dear Kit and family, We also would like to express our condolences to you all, we will miss Sheldon’s wonderful disposition and sweet spirit. We love and admired him for so many reasons. Thanks for sharing him with all of us. We love you, Kathy and Sherl

  • I have had the pleasure of knowing Sheldon for the past few years in a business referral setting but I was well aware of his kind and charitable nature from others, including my brother who was his neighbor. I have the greatest respect for him and he will be missed. I count myself lucky to have known him. My prayers are with his family at this time.

  • My love and thoughts are with you, Kit and your Children. Sheldon was a wonderful husband, father, and
    friend. May you find peace in knowing Heavenly Father calls us home in His time, not ours. Sheldon will
    always be with you, just look heavenward.

  • Mike & Holly Klein

    Sheldon is such a great guy. I am so fortunate to have known him!
    Our prayers are with the Cook family.

  • George and Melissa Sharpe

    Kit and family, may you all feel God’s strong loving presence and comfort surrounding you at this time. Much love being sent your way.

  • Gary and Kerry Churchill

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Our family has fond memories of your friendship while you lived near us. Hope our knowledge of the gospel will bring your family peace at this time.
    Love Gary, Kerry Churchill and family

  • Susan Christensen

    I am heartbroken for you! And I will never see an accordion in quite the same way. I will always be grateful to Sheldon for making PEC meeting fun when I felt like a complete impostor. What a great man! Love to you and yours!
    Susan Christensen

  • Max and Carolyn Schnepf

    Condolences to Kit and the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Love from Max and Carolyn Schnepf

  • Kit I am so sorry for your loss…I don’t even have the words at this moment to express my sorrow for you and your family. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers and my heart goes out to all of you.

  • Jenny and Chad Camac Family

    Cook Family, we are deeply saddened by the loss of your dear husband and father. Sheldon was so kind and friendly and just an all around great guy. Kenzie sure loved having him for a Sunday School teacher! We love you all and pray for peace to be with you ❤️

  • Eric and Monya Williams

    Kit, Estee, Noah, Peri and Chloe;
    What a great husband and father — Sheldon loved his family, and often spoke of how proud he was of each one of you. He cared and loved deeply. He was a great friend, I often leaned on him for strength as we shared our cancer journey. I looked forward to our talks, knowing he would understand. We will all miss him dearly. Our prayers and open arms of love go out to you all of you. Eric and I pray each one of you will find some peace in your hearts, knowing he is out of pain.

  • Todd and Linda Harper

    Dear Kit and family our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. What a tremendous example of love and long suffering you have been to is all. Our hearts ache for you but we know the peace that comes from the gospel.

  • Sheldon was the listing agent on a home I sold around thanksgiving. Something about his name made me ask if he had ever lived in Lake Oswego OR. Sure enough he had, and we had a great conversation discussing mutual acquaintances. His father, Marion Cook, owned a tractor and plowed a garden for my father in the backyard of our home. My dad was a city boy and working in that garden had become his joy. I later worked on a few landscaping projects with his dad. Sheldon and I talked about getting together to talk more of old times. He was a pleasure to work with and quick to resolve any issue during the transaction. He never mentioned once his illness and I was surprised by his death! What a great example of enduring to the end! He has touched my life. God bless his family at such a loss.

  • Hal and Kellie Walker and Family

    Kit and family,
    We are thinking of you all. We are sorry for your loss and wish to convey our deepest sympathies.
    Much love and continued prayers are headed your way.

  • Many blessings. To you Kit and your family. Sheldon soars with Angels now while at the same is right with you and your family – while a great combination , not really what we wanted. Big love to you and yours. Jane.

  • Ron & Jane Tanner

    Dear Kit & family,
    We are so sorry to hear of Sheldon’s passing and we want you to know our hearts and prayers are with you at this very tender time. We wish we could be there for his funeral but we can’t make it at this time. We will be there in spirit. We know The Lords comfort and strength will attend you now and always. We love you and yours. Ron & Jane Tanner.

  • I’m so sorry for your loss Judy Jones

  • I worked for Sheldon, a good and honorable man with a great sense of humor. Condolences to the Family for the loss of a wonderful husband and father.

  • Sheldon was the FIRST to visit our home and welcome us in the ward when we moved to Arizona more than a decade ago. I remember his genuine kindness and warm, sincere welcome. He was an example of what a Christ-centered individual should be. Our prayers are with you and your family and along with you are grateful for the knowledge that families ARE forever.

  • Gerald and Janice Weinheimer

    We were so sorry to hear of Sheldon’s passing. We hadn’t heard. We discovered at his his mom’s funeral that Sheldon was very ill. We were shocked to now discover that he has passed and we knew nothing about it. We are so sad that we didn’t get to see Sheldon. We missed him the day of his mom’s funeral and were so heart-sick that the brothers were going through this as well. Jonathan spent a long time talking with Gerald and me about his situation. I can see those little boys running around and playing when they came to visit us. We cherish the family gatherings that we had with one another. We shall have an emptiness in our hearts knowing that he has gone. I’m sure he is having a great reunion with his mom and dad on the other side and other relatives as well. Please know that our prayers and thoughts and blessings are with you and your family. If you ever visit UT and are near American Fork, we would love to hear from any of you. Sending you big hugs and blessings of love and peace at this difficult time. Uncle Gerald and Aunt Jan Weinheimer

  • Ken and Lylla Alejandro

    We only recently received information regarding Sheldon’s passing. We are thinking of you all and are so very sorry for your loss and wish to convey our deepest condolences. Rest in peace Sheldon, you are in safe hands.

  • Robin & Bob Johantgen

    Bob & I are so sad to learn of Sheldon’s passing. We were having coffee this morning, and Sheldon came into our minds. We realized we had not heard from him in a very long time. We called the number we had for him, searched FB, and finally the Internet. There we discovered his obituary. We are so saddened by this news. Even though it’s been a long time, this is very new to us, and we did not want to let it go without telling you how much we loved Sheldon. He did the financing for every single house we have, and did some of them 2 to 3 times. We met Sheldon in 2002. We met your children, we remember when you got your cabin in Payson, we remember when he came by and told us of the fires in Payson. He came by our home in 2013 and told us about his bout with cancer. We had no idea it was ongoing, he never let on. We shared many stories of our families over the years. We will miss him desperately. He will never be forgotten. Robin & Bob

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