LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) – Former Lubbock City Councilman Alex “Ty” Cooke, Jr. died Saturday, July 2, 2022 at the age of 77.
Cooke was a councilman on Lubbock City Council from 1992 to 2003 and served as acting mayor in 1996 and 2000.
Lubbock Power & Light honored his services to the city in May 2000 by renaming the “Lubbock Power & Light Holly Avenue Plant” to the “Alex ‘Ty’ Cooke Generating Station”.
The city honored Cooke with a resolution, saying he had “given beyond the call of his duty as an alderman, bettering, protecting and promoting LP&L and the cause of public power throughout the State of Texas”.
The city of Lubbock expressed its condolences in a statement Thursday afternoon.
Former Lubbock Congressman Randy Neugebauer served with Cooke on city council.
“He was a successful businessman, he was a public servant. Ty was always involved in something. If you needed a friend, Ty Cooke would be the first person you would call,” Neugebauer said.
A celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 11 at Second Baptist Church, Lubbock, Texas. Her family will be hosting a time of memorial and fellowship with family and friends from 5-6:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 10 at her daughter’s home, 4501 14th Street, Lubbock, Texas.
The family released this obituary Thursday morning:
If there ever was a champion for Lubbock, Texas, and all it has to offer, it’s Ty Cooke.
Alex “Ty” Cooke passed away peacefully in his sleep on July 2. He was only 77 years old.
Born Alex Cooke, Jr. on July 26, 1944, in Wichita, Kansas, but moved with his parents, Alex and Verna Cooke, to Lubbock in 1946. Cooke entered Texas Tech University after graduating from Monterey High School in 1962. A student at Texas Tech, Cooke worked part-time for Fields & Company, a regional plumbing and electrical wholesale distribution company. After earning his degree in business administration in 1968, he became a full-time employee as a commission salesman. Eventually Cooke became an officer, director and co-owner of Fields & Co.
At Texas Tech, Ty met and fell in love with Judy Cornelison. They married in 1966 and had two children, Alex and Kim. He was a wonderful husband and father, always living life with great humor and kindness. He was the father who was always there for his children, their friends and his grandchildren and who is deeply loved by all of them. He never missed a performance, game or parent meeting, sharing his optimism and good nature, throughout.
Cooke understood all of the unique elements that make Lubbock special – farming, agriculture, business, education, banking, health, philanthropy, public service – and he generously dedicated his time and resources to help Lubbock become the vibrant community that she is today.
Passionate about Texas Tech University, he has held many leadership positions, including President of the Red Raider Club. Eventually, it earned the Gold Partner title from the College of Business Administration. Additionally, he served the TTU Health Sciences Center and the former Methodist Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees. Countless other boards and community organizations know the impact of Ty Cooke’s service.
Investments and real estate were Cooke’s primary business interests, serving as a director of several banks as Lubbock continued to grow.
Ty had a passionate vision of Lubbock as an attractive place to live. His service as a five-term director of the West Texas Home Builders Association, the Wholesale Distributors Association and the Better Business Bureau of the South Plains is testament to his vision for a vibrant and efficient city.
In his leadership positions, Cooke saw the need for city government to work in partnership with the business community in order for Lubbock to reach its full potential. Cooke said ‘yes’ to serving on Lubbock City Council for 11 years, was twice elected Pro Tem mayor and served as acting mayor in 1996. He is committed to securing LP&L’s future in a market of deregulated energy and was president. the Texas Public Power Association and the West Texas Municipal Power Agency. His goal was to make Lubbock more “business friendly” and championed the concept of “public and private partnership” which continues to produce positive results for the city.
Lubbock’s arts and philanthropy sectors have also benefited from Ty’s leadership. His service to the Lubbock Symphony Board, the West Texas Museum Association Board, the South Plains Children’s Shelter, the Lubbock Country Club, and the Lubbock Area Foundation helped bring all the pieces together to make Lubbock the town many wealthy citizens call at their home. today.
Cooke’s public service to Lubbock was only surpassed by the deep love and pride he had for his family and his tremendous loyalty to his friends.
Ty is survived by his loving family, including his wife, Judy Cooke; son, Alex Cooke, III and grandson, Zane, of Austin; daughter, Kim Flenniken and husband, Mark, of Lubbock; granddaughter, Madeline, of New York; brother Tom Cooke of Austin; and her dogs, Fred, Megan and Andy.
In lieu of flowers, Ty would be honored with donations in his name to one of his favorite animal rescue organizations – The Haven Animal Shelter – http://havenacs.org/, South Plains SPCA – http:// www.southplainsspca.org/.
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