Posted on 05 May 2011.
Special to the Boulder City Review
California resident Marion Cook had been to Hoover Dam years ago, but he wanted to visit it one more time to see the new Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge.
On April 27, Cook boarded a private plane in Visalia, Calif., heading for parts unknown. In Boulder City, the 88-year-old was met by his sister and her husband from Missouri, an unexpected surprise.
The group embarked on a raft tour of Hoover Dam and the Colorado River by Kathleen Wood from Black Canyon/Willow Beach River Adventures.
“This dam has a lot of great history and breathtaking views,” Cook said. “I wanted to visit the Hoover Dam to see the new bridge. I have been to 21 countries and four different islands and this beats everything yet.”
The trip was put together by “Dreams Come True,” a program run by California-based Magnolia Health Corp., which owns Twin Oaks Assisted Living Center where Cook lives.
California resident Marion (Sarge) Cook, left, is pictured with his brother-in-law, Adrian Carlson, visiting the new Hoover Dam bypass bridge on Wednesday, April 27. The 88-year-old Cook had his wish of seeing the new structure granted by "Dreams Come True," a program by California-based Magnolia Health Corp.
Magnolia Chief Executive Officer Kenny Moyle said the trip was coordinated with the Boulder City Chamber of Commerce, which put Magnolia in contact with Wood.
“We started planning this dream a couple months ago.” Moyle said. “Sarge has been a resident at Twin Oaks Assisted Living Center for several years and has expressed his desire to visit the Hoover Dam many times.”