Lemley Chapel
Serving Sedro-Woolley &
All of Skagit County Since 1935
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Sedro-Woolley, WA
James Cook Memorial
James Cook Memorial

James Cook

James Cook

Friday, June 28th, 2024

James (Jim) passed away on Friday, June 28, 2024  in the home he built and shared with his wife, Terri.

James Arthur Cook Jr was born Oct. 19, 1955 to James Sr. (Art) and Mabel Cook in Sedro – Woolley, WA; “back when the hospital was by the old library,” as he liked to say. Jim grew up in Hamilton. He attended the Hamilton grade school and graduated from Sedro – Woolley High School in 1974. He spent his entire life in the Skagit Valley. He began working in the timber industry when he was just fifteen. He started with a timber salvage contract, then worked as a choker setter, and eventually as an expert timber faller. He spent most of his life working in the woods. As a young man, Jim loved classic cars. He enjoyed racing and getting into mischief. One of his first cars somehow ended up at the bottom of Lake Tyee. He treasured his last classic car, a pink & white 1958 Ford Edsel Convertible.

Jim met his best friend, Terri, at the Lyman Baptist Church. They were married on April 2, 1988. They spent their honeymoon bidding for a timber job. Terri always ran the compass for him. They were partners in every aspect of life. Together, they operated Cook Salvage, logging with helicopters. He owned a cedar shake mill, Arlo Cedar, in Hamilton with his dad, Art. Jim spent much of his career managing land he accumulated as part of his logging enterprise. He developed some of those properties into residential lots and managed the natural resources on the rest. One year, Jim took a wild hair to sign up for the election, he told no one but still won 58% of the vote! He spent the next twelve years serving his community as a Skagit County PUD commissioner and member of the Skagit County Board of Government. Jim was extremely competent: whether it involved mechanics, running heavy equipment, building infrastructure, land development, or generally getting things done. He was a larger-than-life man.

Jim and Terri shared a passion for the outdoors, they loved hunting, especially for big bull elk! Terri was always at his side, his personal guide. He used his hunting trips as mission field to share the gospel. They spent many years together packing into the mountains with their horses. Jim and Terri’s passion for the outdoors found a home at their ranch in Okanogan. Together, they built Raider roads, checked trail cameras, and looked for the wildlife.

Jim found great joy in his daughter, Jordan, who is cut from the same cloth as he was. He enjoyed sharing his knowledge with her while homeschooling, hunting, and adventuring. Later in life, he was equally delighted with his grandchildren. They filled his life with joy and love, especially during his last months.

Jim also had the privilege of raising a son, Shawn, who came into his life in a roundabout way. They shared all of life’s big moments together and many adventures. Their daily phone calls were filled with fatherly wisdom. Jim taught his son how to hunt and fish, but most importantly, what it means to know Jesus.

Jim’s faith in Jesus was his greatest priority. He attended the Lyman Baptist Church for forty-three years. In 1999, God called him to be a hunter of souls. He followed that calling as an elder/pastor at Lyman Baptist Church. During that time, he had the privilege of baptizing 57 people. At first, he was afraid to preach but he loved to study the Word of God and after a few years, became very comfortable preaching each Sunday.

Jim battled an aggressive pancreatic cancer for the last four months of his life. During this time, he was privileged to baptize fourteen souls, one of which he spent forty years praying for. Jim said, “If they come to Christ through my suffering, it will be worth it.” He shared his faith in Christ with every doctor, nurse, and fellow patient he met along the way.

Jim is survived by his wife, Terri; daughter, Jordan and her husband Shane Turner; grandchildren Eva and Clyde Turner; a son, Shawn Welcome; his mother, Mabel; and siblings: Frank Cook, Sherry Black, and Alesia Van Pelt.  He was preceded in death by his father, Art and his brother, Jeff.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00PM, on July 7, 2024 at the Lyman Baptist Church, with a graveside at the Lyman Cemetery and reception to follow. Share your memories of Jim and sign the online guest register.


  • Jason and Renee' Self

    Jim you were such a great man of God… growing up around Lyman as a kid and attending church with you was indeed a blessing… I will never forget the way you helped us and so many others in life… and thankful that you brought my Dad David Self to the Lord before he passed away… until we meet again my friend celebrate eternity with Jesus we love you brother….

  • Anita (Good) Russo

    Terry, Jordan, and rest of the family- I am so sorry for your loss… I wasn’t aware that Jim was even ill. A friend of mine forwarded the Obituary and time of Memorial Service to me earlier today, however, I only just read about it a few minutes ago…it is now 3:06 on July 7. If I had known sooner, I definitely would have attended the Service to show my love and respect for Jim and to Those who he left behind. Again, I am so sorry for your loss. ❤️🙏❤️

  • Juanita Price Hebard

    It was a real blessing to watch Jim grow in the ministry that God called him to at the Lyman church. I’m so thankful that his family stepped up to the need and for all generosity, love, prayers and care that he poured into the people of the valley. Jim truly had a Shepherd’s heart. I saw many heartfelt tears for the people of the valley— that they would surrender their hearts to Jesus Christ. Thank you, Jim, for your kindness and concern for me and my ministry in Taiwan and for your deep love for my mama and our family. I will miss you when I come home. I know you will really love heaven, because you’ll be with Jesus. Rest from your labor and rejoice in his presence!

  • Sherilyn poike

    We were attending the Lyman Baptist church when Jim and Terri met…it was a special and wonderful time to watch them fall in love and get married. We have so many fond memories with them both. Jim was always so kind and willing to help us out while building our homestead in 1983 at the end of Prevedell road which included hauling up a 50 X 10 foot trailer up that road! It was so stressful Mabel and I couldn’t watch and spent our time on the top of the hill praying! One wrong move at that hair pin corner all would go down…but Jim ever so carefully managed perfectly! He loved the Lord and his family…believing in God’s promise of a life hereafter, we can look forward to a heavenly family reunion. Sending our love to Terri and the entire Cook families during this difficult loss he will be greatly missed.

  • Judi Evans

    To the Cook family, you have our deepest condolences from the Evans family. Cousins by adoption, we all have fond memories of going up river to visit all of you. May Jim rest in peace ♡

  • Lynda Ribera and family

    Jim was my pastor, my mentor and my friend. I learned so much from Him about Jesus, prayer and the Bible. One December Sunday I asked for prayers for my family. The following Wednesday, January 2, 2014 our family home burned to the ground. When Jim and Terri arrived Jim gave me a hug and whispered “Next time, Lynda, we need to pray gently Lord, gently. This is a pretty rough wake up call.” I will remember that forever. The prayer however did work out the way God wanted. Jim rest in peace a in d we will see you soon. My families prayers and love to Terri, Mabel and Jim’s entire family.

  • Ted W. Anderson

    I knew Jim since he was a small boy when he attended church with his Dad and Mom at the Hamilton Baptist Church. He always supported me as County Commissioner and was a true friend in so many ways. He accomplished many things in his life but serving the Lord was his passion. He touched many lives and led them to Christ. I know he is rejoicing today in heaven. prayers for Terri and family.

  • Tawny parker

    Jim (frog) and our families have been lifelong friends, he used to pester the crap out of me and Alisa (BFF in elementary) and he welcomed our family when we lost my beautiful sister, my dad, and everyone for our sweet Margie. His kindness and love of Christ are honorable, see you when I get there.

  • Todd & Craol Reardon

    oit heart aches for you.
    jim was an inspiration to all who got to know him’
    will be missed and I am proud to have called him my friend

  • Larry Huston

    Our family’s prayers go out to all of James’s family during this time of loss. He was a great friend and will be greatly missed.

  • Larry Huston

    Jim was a great help in giving me the opportunity to teach from my published Christian book on, spiritual warfare. Jim was a great man of God and cared for the well being of others, and their accepting Jesus! Prays for all Jims family and friends at this time of loss.

  • Vivian Summers

    Awwww….. He was one of the best people I ever knew. Jim did the Eulogy for my dad, Gordon Dills Jr.’s service and he helped my son Sam out numerous times.
    Thank you for your attitude of service for our people.

  • Alice Sitton

    My love and prayers are with all of Jim’s family I pray for Gods grace as you go through your time of grieving for Jim

  • Sandi & Sherwin Phillips

    My deepest condolences to the Family, I came to know Jim through his amazing daughter Jordan. I was privileged enough to be able to visit with him, as well as hear him preach. He was an amazing man, and will be greatly missed by everyone whose life he touched.

  • Dan Johnson

    Jim, my brother and kinsman! My life is fuller for having known you, so thankful for the sporadic times we had to spend together over the years. Thank you for shining for Jesus, for finishing the race well. On our preacher GG Grandpa Cook’s tombstone it is written: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith,” You have followed in his footsteps! It won’t be long and we’ll see you again!