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Obituary for Doren C. Crook

Doren C. Crook, 62, of Sparta, Wis., died Thursday, August 11, 2011, at Mayo Clinic Health System, Sparta, Wis., due to injuries sustained in a tragic motorcycle accident.
He was born May 10, 1949, in La Crosse to Fredrick and Vivian (Wilcox) Crook. Doren was a 1967 graduate of Logan High School in La Crosse. He attended the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse where he received a Bachelor's degree in Biology and later obtained his Master's degree in Biology in 1975. Doren was a Biology Professor at Viterbo University. In the years following his formal teaching career, his teaching continued to all who met and knew him. Doren's passions in life were sailing and woodworking. He will be greatly missed by everyone who knew and loved him.
Survivors include his sister, Roxanne Kessler of Chapel Hill, N.C.; his brother, Sabon Crook of Westby, Wis.; his nephew, Jason Kessler of Chapel Hill, N.C.; his great-niece, Isabel Kessler; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and many special friends. Doren was preceded in death by his parents.
A Celebration of Life will be Saturday, August 20, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. at Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Home, (Woodruff Chapel), 4239 Mormon Coulee Road, La Crosse. Friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday from 1:00 p.m. until the time of celebration. In accordance with Doren's wishes, his body will be cremated and peacefully laid to rest in special places that were very dear to his heart. Online condolences may be sent at