Aug 18, 1934 - Jun 23, 2014
Donald Lee “Coop” Cooper, 79, passed away peacefully on Monday, June 23, 2014 at his home in Ashland, Oregon. He was surrounded by family in his final days. Coop was born on August 18, 1934 in Huntington Park, California to Clarence and Leona Cooper. He lived in the Belmont Shore, California area throughout the 1950s and 1960s, playing music in local clubs and camping in the desert with his friends. He was also an Army veteran, having served in both active service and the reserves as a radio technician and sharp shooter. He married Rayelyn (Smith) Cooper in 1966, then in 1970 the two of them moved to the Carson Valley, Nevada to raise a family. Coop was an avid sporting clays shooter and a founding member of the Carson Valley Clays. He also loved fishing, hunting, traveling, playing and listening to music, and partying. He was a very active member of the “Old Farts Club” at his favorite Gardnerville bar, The French. Coop worked in the telephone industry throughout most of his life - both in Nevada and in California - and was proud member of the union as well as of the Independent Telephone Pioneers Association. He retired from employment in 1998. Coop is survived by his two children, Megan Bennett and Joshua Lovejoy, as well as his three grandchildren, Lillia Bennett, Sydney Bennett, and Nicholas Maddox. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Rayelyn, in 1999. A life celebration was held at his Ashland home on Saturday, June 28 at 11:00 a.m. Coop’s mischievous sense of humor and gregarious character will be dearly missed.