The family requests that everyone wear a mask and observe social distancing.
Mark D. Cook
of East Sparta, passed away Wed., Oct. 27, 2021. He was born Jan. 19, 1954 in Canton, a son of Dr. Martha Jane (Barber) Cook and the late Marvin L. Cook, and was a life resident of East Sparta and Magnolia. Mark was a 1972 graduate of Sandy Valley High School, where he was a two-time MVP in basketball, and a 1976 graduate of The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business and Agriculture. He was a self-employed Futures Day Trader and was a Registered Investment Advisor.
His investment accomplishments and inclusion in magazines were extensive: 1992 U.S. Investment Championship winner, 563% Audited Annual Return, highest percentage of all investment categories; 1993 U.S. Investment Championship winner, 322% Audited Return; Barrons Financial Magazine commentator 1992-1996, which is the sister magazine of the Wall Street Journal; inclusion in the New York best seller book, Stock Market Wizards, by Jack Schwager; cover story of Active Trader Magazine in August 2001; featured profile in Forbes Magazine in January 1994; included in investment magazines in Russia and Australia; published articles in Stocks and Commodities magazine, Futures magazine, Wall Street Journal and SFO magazine; called the best trader in the world in the book, Inside the Investor’s Brain: The Power of Mind Over Money, by Dr. Richard Peterson; the book Long Term Day Trader, by Mike Sincere states, “Mark Cook is considered by many to be one of the best intraday traders in the country”; featured in Psychology of Trading, by Russell Wasendorf, Sr., Extraordinary Comebacks, by John A. Sarkett, Pitt Bull, by Martin “Buzzy” Schwartz, and When Supertraders Meet Kryptonite, by Art Collins. Mark has appeared on Fox Business News Television Channel numerous times, YouTube International Interview in Singapore with Stuart McPhee, contributor to “Market Watch” Internet International site, appeared as a key note speaker in a sold-out Shenzhen China Conference, and also as a key note speaker in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, Australia. Mark is the co-author of the book, “Prepare Now and Survive the Coming Bear Market (2015)”.
As a young person, Mark was noted for showing cows at many fairs. He was always a winner with his red Holstein cattle. In 1974 he was named to the Ohio State University Judging Team that traveled throughout the United States. He wasn’t always a farmer, although he never lost his love of farming. He went into real estate because he loved land, and he bought farms throughout Ohio which are presently being farmed by young people such as Mark once was. Mark was an astute business man, so he bought land that needed his attention and made the land profitable for gardens, pastures and crops.
He was a member of East Sparta Christian Church, where he taught a Sunday school class, served as an Elder and as a member of the Church Board. Although never a singer, he was a cornet player in his high school band. Taking after his mother, who was a champion table tennis player, he became an excellent player with a National Ranking in the International Table Tennis Federation, and gave instructions to young players, and held many tournaments at his home. He was a generous, funny guy.
In addition to his mother, Dr. Martha Cook, Mark is survived by his wife, Terri (Thornhill) Cook, with whom he celebrated their 43rd Wedding Anniversary on July 30th, four children and one granddaughter, Rachel Cook and Morgan Cook, Ryan (Andrea Hunter) Cook and their daughter, Celine Charlotte (“Triple C”), and Tyler Cook.
Services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. in East Sparta Christian Church with Brother Timothy Carlson officiating. Friends may call Monday 5-8 p.m. at the Finefrock-Gordon Funeral Home in Magnolia and Tuesday 10-11 a.m. at the church before the service. Interment will be in Melscheimer Cemetery. PLEASE NO FLOWERS: Contributions may be sent to: East Sparta Christian Church, PO Box 476, East Sparta, OH 44626, The Stark County Humane Society, PO Box 7077, Canton, OH 44705, or Find Your Anchor, https:findyouranchor.us/donate Condolences may be sent to: gordonfuneralhomes.com
Gordon (330) 866-9425
A link to the live streamed service will appear below at 10:45 am on Tuesday.