William Daniel Cochran, age 66, passed away peacefully surrounded by his wife and all 8 of his children on May 2, 2022 in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.
He was born May 8, 1955 in Carson City, Nevada to Ardys Joyce Naylor and William Knight Cochran. After growing up in Carson City, Dan served a 2-year mission in Ohio for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. After his mission he attended Brigham Young University where he met and married the love of his life, Jeannine. Dan graduated from BYU with a Bachelor’s Degree in Manufacturing Engineering. Dan and Jeannine spent 21 years in Houston, Texas raising their family. He spent the last 11 years enjoying life, friends, and spending time with his wife in Crestview, Florida.
Dan is survived by his wife of 44 years, Jeannine Novy Cochran of Crestview, FL, and his children, Jennifer (David) Morrow of Houston, Texas, Michelle (Keith) Ballantyne of Riverside, California, Gwen (Chris) Steele of Salt Lake City, Utah, William Sean (Leigha) Cochran of New Braunfels, Texas, Jason Cochran of Nome, Texas, Aaron Cochran of Dallas, Texas, Sarah Cochran of Logan, Utah and Audrey (Alex) Kirkman of Logan, Utah. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Tyler, Carter, Lydia, Bradley, William Deven, Autumn, Hayden, Brenna, Jaxon, Charlotte, and Weston. His surviving siblings are David Schaff of Nevada City, California, Paul (Karen) Cochran of Carson City, Nevada, and Christine (Michael) Truong of San Clemente, California and several nieces and nephews. Dan was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Mike Schaff and Rick Schaff, and grandson, Ronin Steele.
Dan spent his life serving others selflessly and was an incredible example of integrity, hard work, and service. He will always be remembered for his love for his wife, family, nature, the desert, mountains and dad jokes. He was a kid at heart, was loved by so many, and will be tremendously missed.