Leland T. "Bud" Cook died May 19, 2013, at the age of 105.
Mr. Cook was a resident of the Mountain Area for many years.
He was born Feb. 9, 1908 in Portland, Ore. to Eva O. Fairweather Cook and Raymond Wesley Cook.
At a young age, Mr. Cook joined the merchant marine and traveled to the Orient.
He later attended college at Oregon State and Stanford University, graduating with a master's degree.
Mr. Cook worked as a principal and superintendent of schools for the Sierra Joint Union High School District, retiring in 1968. Before that, he taught at Gold Hill High School in Oregon and in Placerville.
During World War II, he volunteered to train pilots and was sent to a base in Utah.
Mr. Cook enjoyed travelling the world with his wife, spending time with family and friends, dancing, flying airplanes, riding motorcycles, fishing, camping, snow skiing, boxing, playing cards, and most sports.
He was preceded in death by wife Mary Cook.
Mr. Cook is survived by daughters Marilyn MacKenzie of Santa Cruz, Judith Hevener and husband Hal of Springville, and Carole Jones and husband Richard of Porterville; grandchildren Andrea Bell, Greg Hevener, and Coit Souza; and five great-grandchildren.
The family is planning a private interment at the Oak Hills Cemetery in Escondido.