A Tribute to Martin (Marty) Cook


Great people are attracted to great challenges. Born in November 1974, Martin Ben Cook was climbing before he could walk. Always passionate about the outdoors, it wasn’t long before he was climbing trees with his dad, Jim.

Martin (Marty) Cook - Able Tree Service, MissoulaHe had a zest for life that was contagious. Marty was always laughing and always had a smile on his face. He was an amazing father, son, brother, uncle, and friend. He had a generous soul and heart and was always willing to lend a helping hand. His greatest joy in life was sharing his experiences with his son and his family. He was very patient, kind, and caring.  He was the type of man that never gave up and always pushed forward. He was loved by all that had the pleasure of knowing him.

Martin began working at Able Tree with his dad in high school. He studied and learned the ropes of the business and became the president of Able Tree in 2000. He was a well-known and respected tree expert throughout Missoula and the surrounding areas. His reputation with clients was impeccable and he retained a repeat clientele for over 12 years. Martin’s knowledge and love of trees and pleasant demeanor kept clients coming back, most of which became close friends.

While Martin will be greatly missed and cannot be replaced, he passed along his knowledge, love, and passion for trees to Team Able who work tirelessly to maintain the legacy of Martin Ben Cook.