Karlene Horne Crook peacefully passed away at home with her family on October 18 at home due to the effects of recurring lymphoma and chemo treatment. Karlene was born to Rulon Horne and Ruth Barlow Horne on April 18, 1938 in Salt Lake City, Utah. They lived in Malta, Idaho then moved to Burley, Idaho where she graduated from Burley High School. Karlene was the oldest of three girls; Julie Anne Taylor (surviving) and LaRae Wimmer. The three sisters were great friends and kept in frequent contact even though they lived great distances from each other. Karlene learned to play the piano and organ at a young age. She was first called as a ward organist at the age of 14 and used her organist skill to serve until she was 80 years old. After graduation, she moved to Salt Lake City and earned an associate degree at Henegar School of Business as a secretary. She met Garry Crook on a blind date through her roommate in 1957. They married November 18th, 1960, in the Mesa AZ Temple. They lived Salt Lake City for 2 years, where she had her first child, then they made their home in Idaho Falls where Garry worked at the Idaho Nuclear Site for 8 years. In Idaho Falls she had four more children. In 1971 they moved to Fairview, WY where she had 1 more child and raised her five sons and one daughter on the farm. She served in numerous callings in Fairview Ward, as primary president and relief society president and was a member of the Boy Scout committee. In the Cottonwood Ward she served as a humanitarian service worker and ward organist. Karlene worked as the Star Valley Conservation District Clerk and was an active member of DUP (Daughters of Utah Pioneers). Karlene loved music and especially loved to listen to her grandchildren perform.
She enjoyed wild berry jelly-making, gardening, crocheting, quilting, feeding family and hugging grandkids. She leaves behind her husband, Garry, of 61 years, children: Lynn (Lesa), Darrin (Carol), Kendall (Cay), Matthew (Stephanie), Lynette (Matt) and Lance (Cecily), 21 grandkids, 4 great-grands.