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Former Prudential California Realty CEO dies

Jon Cook had stepped down for health reasons in October 2011

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Jon Cook, the former president and CEO of Prudential California Realty, passed away earlier this month. He was in his early 50s.Cook had stepped down from his positions at Prudential California Realty -- which has 58 offices spanning from San Diego, Calif., to just south of San Luis Obispo, Calif. -- in October 2011 for health reasons.Since 2008, when he assumed the CEO position at San Diego-based Prudential California Realty, the largest member of the Prudential Real Estate network, Cook helped stabilize the company's multibillion-dollar real estate business in the wake of the market's extreme subprime lending turmoil. Cook jumped into real estate at age 20. He was known for his business acumen, but also as a family man, early riser and occasional surfer who strove for balance in his life. "I try to turn (work) off at around 7 or 8 o'clock at night and not pick up email or phone messages until the next morning," he said in a magazine profile published in September 2010.&...