Donald H. Cooper of Elk Grove, California passed away peacefully at the age of 87 on Friday, November 23, 2018.
He was born on October 15, 1931 in Roseville to parents Kenneth and Gertrude (Hill) Cooper. Don talked with pride of his childhood working on the family ranch in Roseville, then at a grocery store in Stockton, and later the railroad. Upon graduating from Stockton College in 1950, he joined the U.S. Navy where he served honorably for 4 years. Don continued his studies and graduated from Sacramento State College. On August 30, 1958, he married Carol Nielsen of Courtland. They were married for 60 years and raised three children. Don spent his career working for various trucking firms including PIE, Time DC, Viking, and retiring from Matheson Fast Freight . In retirement, Don enjoyed reading Air Classic magazines and any book related to World War II, watching NASCAR, and volunteering his time at the Aerospace Museum of California at the former McClellan Air Force Base. His dream was always to be a pilot.
Don was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his loving wife Carol of Elk Grove; his daughters Laurie (Scott) Starha of Sweet Home, Oregon and Linda Cooper of Sacramento; his son Christopher (Betsy) Cooper of Ventura; his four grandchildren Josh, Nicole, Megan and Natalie; four great grandchildren, his sister Joyce (Dallas) Dahlquist of Sacramento; and numerous nieces and nephews that he cared for deeply.
Don was a great family man, a loving father and husband. He instilled a terrific work ethic in his children and a passion to be fair, just and truthful. He will be deeply missed but not forgotten by his wife, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and many other family and friends.
In lieu of flowers , donations may be made in Don’s name to the Aerospace Museum of California, 3200 Freedom Park Dr. McClellan, CA 95658.