David “Poppy” M. Cook

David “Poppy” M. Cook, 85, of Midland, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones on Feb. 22, 2020.

Visitation will be held on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020 from 5-7 p.m. at Nalley-Pickle and Welch Funeral Home and Crematory. Funeral Services will be Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020 at 10 a.m. at Nalley-Pickle and Welch Chapel, 3800 North Big Springs, Midland, Texas. Graveside service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020 at 4 p.m. at Elm Grove Cemetery in Alpine, Texas.

David was born on Jan. 9, 1935 in Ranger, Texas to Johnnie and Anna Lee Cook. The Cook family moved to Marathon, Texas in 1945, where he graduated high school. In 1965, David became a Texas Parks and Wildlife game warden, and was stationed in Sanderson, Texas. In 1970, David transferred to Alpine, where he continued his work as a game warden until he retired in 1992 as a lieutenant.  

In 1980, David received the Big Bend Law Enforcement Association’s Officer of the Year Award. After retiring, David served as the Alpine city judge, and was elected a Brewster County constable. He moved to Midland in 2001, where he enjoyed singing and playing bluegrass music. David played and led various bands, including the Permian Basin Pickers, the David Cook Band, and the Players. These bands played at various festivals, retirement homes, and the Midland Senior Center. David was a deacon at Cuthbert Avenue Baptist Church in Midland.

David is survived by his wife of 60 years, Jerry Cook, and sons Dean (Caryn) of Midland, and Kelly (Gayle) of El Paso, Texas. He is also survived by grandchildren Kelli Cager (Kenya) of Houston, Texas, Blair Nunez (Jacob) of El Paso, Jordan Cook (Elizabeth) of Seguin, Texas, Rebekah Haren (Jordan) of Pleasanton, Texas, Kirsten Cook of Midland, David Jacob Cook (Cassie) of Odessa, Texas, and Quinten Cook (Chelsea) of Midland, as well as his brother Derrell Cook of Midland. David is also survived by 14 great grandchildren.

David was preceded in death by his mother, father, and brother, Charles Wayne Cook of El Paso. David was also preceded in death by two great granddaughters, Maddy Claire Moody of Midland and Kemarah Cager of El Paso.

The family would like to express their gratitude towards Stephanie, Angela, and Nickie of Home Hospice of Midland. Gratitude is also extended to Jubel Reed and staff from Midland Family Medical Services.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Kemarah’s Chasing Rainbows, 3005 Kilkenny Road, El Paso, TX 79925. Online donations can be made at kemarahschasingrainbows.org.

Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle and Welch Funeral Home and Crematory of Midland. Online condolence can be made at npwelch.com.