Nathan Cook was a loving, outgoing young man who always had a smile for everyone, said his mother, Kim Cook.
“He loved to smile and laugh,” she said.
Nathan Cook, 21, of Valparaiso, died March 2. He is survived by his mother and his father, Jeffery Cook.
He had a disability, which made school difficult, but thrived in other situations and had a lot of friends, his mother said.
“Even though he had a disability, he never let it get him down. He always wanted to go above and beyond,” she said. “He was a pretty amazing kid. Everyone misses him.”
He loved to camp and fish, and he loved his dirt bike and working on cars.
“He could take apart his dirt bike and put it back together in a day,” she said.
He taught himself to play guitar, and especially loved playing “Smoke on the Water” by Deep Purple.
Kim Cook said her son enjoyed life, and never judged people.
“He wasn’t prejudiced against anyone,” she said. “He looked beyond people’s faults and saw good in everyone.”
He was a kind and loyal friend, she said.
“Good or bad, he took people the way they were,” she said. “He was always there to help his friends when they needed him.”