In Loving Memory of Pastor John Phillip Cook Sr.: 1938-2021


Pastor John Phillip Cook Sr. passed on to glory on Sept. 28, 2021 at the age of 83. Pastor John was born in Centralia, Washington on Feb. 26, 1938. He was educated in Yakima County, Washington and married the love of his life, Myrna Leonora Harms, in 1961. 

Pastor John served as an Army Medic stationed at Ft. Lewis, Washington from 1961 to 1964. Pastor John and his family moved to Yelm, Washington in 1975 where they remained. For the past 60-plus years, Pastor John has served the Lord with all his heart with more than half of that time as a senior pastor at By His Word Christian Center in Tacoma, Washington. He was genuinely revered as a spiritual leader, bible teacher, counselor and mentor. Over his lifetime, he officiated over 300 weddings. 

He is preceded by his parents Ray and Lucille, brother Frank and two sisters Rosa and Lois. He is survived by his son John Phillip Cook Jr.; daughter Marla and their children Rebecca, John Phillip Cook III and Marissa; foster-daughter Linda and her son Eric; daughter-in-law Lana and her children; and his adopted children Helen McKinley, Robin McClintock, Phyllis Figueroa and their families. 

In lieu of flowers, please consider mailing a tax deductible donation to By His Word Christian Center, P.O. Box 110608, Tacoma, Washington, 98411 

A celebration of life service will be held on Nov. 13, 2021 at 1 p.m. at By His Word Christian Center, 10110 Aqueduct Drive E., Tacoma, Washington, 98445.