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Fatal Airplane Accident Claims Zircon Senior Vice President Dave Kook.

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CAMPBELL, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 20, 2000

Donald David Kook, Zircon Corporation's senior vice president of product development, was killed in an airplane accident on June 15.

Mr. Kook, an avid pilot with hundreds of hours of flight time, was found Friday morning, June 16, inside the wreckage of a Bellancia Decathlon that had taken off Thursday from a South San Jose airport. The cause of the accident is still under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board.

"Everyone in our company is completely shocked and saddened by this tremendous loss," said John Stauss, president of Zircon Corporation. "Dave was an extraordinarily talented engineer and manager, having built Zircon's product development capability up from nothing. His team was responsible for dozens of high-tech products and innovations, many patented, that benefit homeowners and professional tradesmen around the world. He was a true pioneer in the construction technology industry. A consummate leader, Dave's professional legacy is a strong research and development team that will allow Zircon's product development initiatives to carry on."

In a statement to employees, Stauss said, "Dave made enormous contributions to Zircon during more than twelve years with the company. Those contributions pale in comparison to the personal benefits Dave imparted to all who were fortunate to work with him over the years. Truly, we are all better people for having had the privilege of working with Dave Kook, knowing him, or being his friend."

Mr. Kook was 53. He had been at Zircon since 1988, starting as a senior mechanical engineer, advancing to vice president of product development, vice president of engineering and then senior vice president of product development. Zircon, which manufactures electronic hand tools, allowed Mr. Kook to combine his extensive knowledge of engineering with another of his passions, building. He lived in a house in Los Gatos, California, that he built on his own.

Prior to joining Zircon, Mr. Kook spent 15 years at Hewlett Packard as a project designer, the lead mechanical engineer in the logic test section, a project manager and an engineering consultant. Before Hewlett Packard, Mr. Kook worked as a designer and a machinist for RCD Engineering.

Mr. Kook was universally known and appreciated for his sense of humor and unpretentious nature, shunning the trappings of Silicon Valley executives. He drove a 17-year old car, dressed and acted unassuming and worked in a jammed office that wasn't much larger than a closet. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the California Polytechnic University in Pomona, a Master's Degree from Stanford University and studied as a guided missile systems analyst with the United States Air Force.

Mr. Kook is survived by his wife Chris of the Los Gatos home, a son Donovan and a sister Barbara. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Founded in 1975, Silicon Valley-based Zircon uses patented technology to design, develop, manufacture and market one-of-a-kind hand tools that perform critical, everyday jobs, saving users time and money. Among its products is the StudSensor(TM) family, the original and best-selling line of stud and joist finders.
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