Paul Hansen Cook, 63, passed away on December 27, 2019 at his home in Provo, Utah from health complications related to kidney failure. Funeral Services will be held on January 4, 2020 at 11am at the LDS Chapel located at 4200 N. Canyon Road, Provo, UT 84604.\n\nPaul was born July 31, 1956 in San Jose, CA, as Paul Hansen Stout, to Robert and Gladys Marie Stout. He joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1973. As a missionary for the church, Paul served for two years in Bogota, Columbia. Prior to marrying his high school sweetheart Carolene Forbes on April 29, 1978 in the Oakland Temple, Paul legally changed his last name to Cook, for his adoptive father, Kevin Oakley Cook. Paul obtained a Bachelor’s Degree from Brigham Young University in Communications and a Master’s Degree in Psychology from California State University, Hayward. He had a successful career in Human Resources Management and worked for many years at Novell. With his work he was able to travel to over 60 countries. Paul also had several entrepreneurial ventures. He was one of the founders of A Child’s Hope Foundation, an organization to help ‘Lift Orphans from Surviving to Thriving’ around the world. Paul served in several positions in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints as a teacher, Bishop and in a Stake Presidency. Paul and Carolene have seven children and fourteen grandchildren. In his spare time, Paul loved to work in the yard and tinker with anything inside or outside the house. His family loved him dearly and he will be sorely missed.\n\nHe is survived by his wife Carolene, his children Ryan (Christy), Tyler (Ashley), Travis (Kat), Kellee (Harold), Jeffrey (Heidi), Parker and Megan. Also survived by his grandchildren Ava, Ruby, Lila, Jaxon, Preston, Beckham, Phineas, Mabel, Rose, June, Leora, Vivian, and Wallace. He is survived by his siblings Leslye (Joe) Pink, Robert (Carole) Stout, Jim Stout, and Lisa Stout. Also survived by his father, Kevin Cook.\n\nPaul was preceded in death by his mother Gladys Cook, his biological father Robert Stout, his step-mother Carol Stout, and his grandson Ezra Paul Cook.\n\nThe viewing for Paul Hansen Cook will be held Friday, January 3, 2020 from 6pm to 8pm at Nelson Family Mortuary, 4780 N. University Ave. Provo, UT 84604.\n\nIn lieu of flowers, the family has asked to please make a donation to A Child’s Hope Foundation at www.achf.org.