Dear Marilynn and Family,
We are so sorry to learn of Don's passing and wish we were closer to Riverton at this difficult time. We are in Arizona for the winter and plan to travel home the 1st of April. Don was one in a million and touched the lives of so many people. Rich often reminisces about all the fun he had teaching with Don at Carey Jr. High in Cheyenne. Rich was a new teacher and Don took him under his wing and showed him the ropes. He was such a vibrant personality and I know you will all miss him. If you have a Memorial Service in Cheyenne this summer, we will certainly come. I will never forget Don's kindness in coming to my Dad's funeral in Riverton several years ago. That meant so much to me as he never met my Dad, he just came to support us. Don was the type of person you never forget and we both have such fond memories of him. Our condolences to you and your family!
I was very suprised to read in the paper such sad news.
I first met Don back in 1999/2000 while working @ HASCO. He came in looking for jeans. He said he had such a hard time finding ones that would fit his "long-skinny-rear". I worked at finding just what he needed and he kept coming back. Always asking for me. Don made my day every time he came in the store.
He always had a story to tell.
I remember when he was busy working on a rental house in Laramie. Or talking baskeball with Mike.
The most memorable event was when he came in to see me about ordering more jeans and he had a huge mark on his forehead. I was worried he had hit his head. "No" he said, "I am redoing a piece of furniture and got Gorilla Glue on my fingers, forgot, and rubbed my head!! that stuff works!!" He gave us both a good laugh:):):).
Last time I saw him was at Walmart about 3 weeks ago.
Don will be one of those "SPECIAL" people whom leaves a mark on your heart and mind.
Rest in peace sweet, gentle, man.
I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your families!
Don Cox ALWAYS brought a smile to my face with his quick sense of humor and BIG Teddy Bear Hugs! You always knew that his first love was Marilynn, but basketball was a close second. He now has the best seat in house for the NCAA tournament and along with his teammates who have gone before him they are telling great basketball stories. Don will throw in several stories about his kids, grandchildren and great grands who he deeply loved and who will continue to keep his memory alive with stories of their own. It is impossibloe to count the hundreds of people whose lives were improved by having Don as a Coach, a friend or a family member. I will keep Don's family and especially Marilynn in my prayers for our heavenly Father to bless them and comfort them in this time of loss.
My Grampy was one of the greatest men in my life. God only gave me one grandpa and he gave me the best one out there. It never took much to make gramps happy, just a story and someone to listen. He could do anything, fix anything, and never forgot a single thing. I remember when I came and stayed with you and Grampy when I was little... He taught me to play cards and cheated to let me win the whole time. He always just wanted us to be happy. What I miss the most is Grampy calling me sister all the time. Every phone call he would tell me not to be stupid and to get a good education. I'll never forget grandpa. He's one of the most amazing people that ever came into my life and I will see him again.
My Uncle...one of the greatest men I've ever known. I remember being completely in awe of how tall he was as a child; I can tell you his heart was as big as his stature. He was quite the storyteller. I loved hearing him call everyone "Hoss" and say "Shoshone"...no one can say those words like Uncle Don! I'll never forget one of our family trips through the mountains and riding in his truck listening to him tell me stories of how the mountains/towns got their names, stories of the Indian culture, about the wildlife, and any other story he could conjure up. When I picture Uncle Don, I see him in a crisp, white shirt, denim jeans, big 'ol belt buckle, and a sly little grin on his face. I remember thinking he looked like President Eisenhauer when I was little! I will miss him so very much. So many of my fondest childhood memories were when Uncle Don and Auntie M came to town. I am so very thankful that I had a fairly lengthy phone conversation with him at Thanksgiving a couple of years ago. It was so fun to listen to him talk about his kids and grandkids and how proud he was of them all. I am just sick that I am unable to be there to pay my last respects and to hug my Auntie M and cousins. I know you all know that I am there in my heart. Take care in the days ahead...he will live on in the stories that you all tell of him and those memories will be your comfort. Having lost my Dad many years ago, I know that is what comforts me. I love you all and miss you terribly...
~Jami Kathleen Rater~
Jon and Family,
You are all in our thoughts and prayers. We are very sorry for your loss.
Dear Marilynn. Robin.Jon and Tony.
I was saddened to hear of his illness and death of "Uncle Don". I have such fond childhood memories of him and your family. I hope you will find solice that he. Is out of pain.