Sunday, March 23, 2008

Mock Funeral

I will post about the rest of our vacation another day, but I thought everyone would like to hear about how my dad's surprise party turned out.

It was a challenge to not write anything about it on my blog these past few months. I knew I had to be careful since my dad reads it...

My mom, brother and I threw my dad a mock funeral for his 50th birthday. Here is copy of the "obituary" that I put in a fake newspaper.

Paul Reed Crook born March 24th, 1958 in Moscow, Idaho to Wayne Reed Crook
and Ruth Knighton. Paul spent most of his growing up years in Beaver,
Utah. He graduated from Beaver High School in 1976. He then served
in the New York Rochester Mission from 1977-1979. He met his wife a couple
of weeks after his mission. After an interesting courtship (see me for
details) Paul was sealed to Joanne Olsen on May 16th, 1980 in Idaho Falls,
Idaho. They moved to Utah where their honeymoon baby Melissa was
born. Two years later a son was born. Paul graduated in 1985 from
Utah Technical College with an Associates in Lineman Training.

Paul then moved his family to Santa Rosa, California when he took
a job with PG&E. We continued working for them for 20 years.
Paul worked in San Francisco for most of that time, and enjoyed the colorful
people there, and the California sushi. Paul has held many callings in his
various wards and has been active in the Church of Jesus Christ of latter day
saints. The calling he has most enjoyed has been teaching in
Primary. He was also the unofficial VP of the Relief Society (aka the male
version of the Relief Society). He now works as an assistant to the
President of Suspended in Time of Santa Rosa.

include but are not limited to: Reading (westerns, Clive Cussler, war),
Golf, Boots, collecting coins & guns, Westerns, hogging all the babies at
church to rock to sleep, and of course playing with the four cutest grand kids in
the world.

These people have survived the first half
of his life: His wife, Joanne, daughter Melissa (Darin) Andrew and their
children Elaine, Violet, Ashton & Myra; Son Joshua (Renee); Parents
Wayne & Ruth Crook, Sister Susan (John) Smith; and many other extended
family members and friends.

In lieu of flower, donations may be
made to Intermountain Healing Hearts. Contact family for details.

Most of the guest arrived in black attire to celebrate the death of his youth. He got some great gifts, depends, denture cream, magnifying favorite was a super large print edition of this years Relief Society/ Priesthood Manual. It has been categorized as "Ginormous" and "extra old". The Joseph Smith manual is put out through distribution for the blind. It probably has about size 45 font. It was a great gift.

He knew something was up about an hour before the party when we busily started cleaning up after dinner. But, it was still a lot of fun. Happy 50th Birthday, Dad!!! We love you. I also enjoyed your talk today in church. It is always nice to hear you share your testimony.


Melissa said...

That is so funny! Dean was telling us about it on Easter. Check my have been tagged!