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Lyle B. Cook, 73

Lyle B. Cook, died of cancer on Saturday, November 4, 2017.  He accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior, May 2006 and is now in the presence of his Messiah.  He was raised in Chicago, Illinois, by his Jewish parents, Matthew and Idell Cook. 

In June 1966, Mr. Cook graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design from the University of Illinois, Champaign, Urbana.  At this time, Viet Nam was at a high point, and Lyle joined the Army Officer Candidate School (OCS) in October 1966.   He was part of a team that promoted entertainment to the base such as Count Bassie and many others. In October 1968, he was awarded an acting fellowship to the University of Tucson from the Army for his contribution to entertainment while in the service.

Mr. Cook was an actor, artist and graphic designer.  His paintings hang in private collections in Chicago, St. Louis, San Francisco, New York, Lexington, Kentucky and Spain.  In 1970, he joined the Marlboro design team and for two years created advertising which was shown all over the world.                                                 

In 1995, he opened Cook Design group advertising agency with Weyerhauser being a client.  For over 16 years, Mr. Cook created advertising and public relations materials, which appeared in 7 states for his client, Weyerhaeuser. 

In 2002 due to medical problems Mr. Cook retired from the advertising business.  

Preceding Mr. Cook in death was his mother Idell Cook, and wife Barbara Cook.  He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Judy Condren Cook; son Jonathan Cook, Chicago Illinois; brother Stephen Cook (Marsha), Chicago, Illinois; daughter by marriage Lisa Condren Allen (Neil) Lake Wylie, South Carolina and son by marriage Holt Condren (Sara) Little Rock, Arkansas; 8 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild and a nephew.

A special thank you to my friends Tom Conklin, John Festa, John Roberts.  These three men have been faithful and loyal friends for some 30 plus years. 

A special thanks to Registered Nurses Jenna, Arrah, Gail, and Deannie, and to Tricia and Baptist Hospice.

Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas, 72076. 501-982-3400.



  • Debbie Dollar Posted November 7, 2017 10:19 AM

    It has been almost 20 years since I last saw Lyle. We worked together in advertising for many years until the owner retired and closed his agency (The Alan Rothman Company). Lyle was a lovely man and talented creative artist who was a pleasure to work with. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  • peter coutroulis Posted November 8, 2017 9:46 AM

    I knew lyle since i was 10 years old he lived at the end of my block in chicago
    I went to grammar school with him everyday. We went to different high schools
    but reconnected when we went to college and became roommates at the university
    of Illinois .We were the best of friends and I always looked to lyle as my brother we shared
    wonderful times together with great memories that neither of us can ever forget.
    How fortunate for me to have had those years and memories with him.
    My father once said if you have one true great friend in this life you are a lucky man.
    Rest in peace my dear friend.

  • Douglas F. Smith Posted November 10, 2017 2:55 PM

    I have often thought of Lyle in the years since I left Magna IV. Lyle was instrumental in putting our fledgling company in touch with a large publishing company which was just moving to Little Rock from Chicago. He became a true friend as well as a customer. His visits, whether business, or just dropping by to say hello. were always bright spots in our work days. His great voice and personality made conversation a joy. Memories of Lyle will always lift my spirits. My condolences to his family and many close friends. We were all blessed to have known him.

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