Patrick Charles Cochran, 81, of Wasilla, passed away peacefully on May 23, 2014 at home with his family by his side. Funeral services will be held on Thursday May 29th at 11 A.M. at the Wasilla Bible Church, 1651 W. Nicola Ave in Wasilla. Pastor Ashley Brown will officiate.
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Patrick was born March 31, 1933 in Sandpoint, ID to Bart and Caroline (LaFore) Cochran. He graduated from Sandpoint High School, Class of 1951. For several years Patrick owned and operated a Chevron Gas Station in Sandpoint.
In 1953, he joined the United States Marine Corp and in 1961 he transferred to the US Air Force, retiring after 22 years of service. Pat has been an Alaska resident since 1979. He worked as a government Contract Administrator overseeing civilian maintenance contracts across the United States. He was a life member in the AMVETS Post #9 and a member of the VFW and American Legion. His hobbies included, travelling whenever he had the chance and visiting friends and family. He had a love for the outdoors and enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Pat was a very social man and made friends everywhere he went. Most of all Pat loved spending time with his family and friends. He was especially kind with animals and children and was always getting involved to help others. He had many animals and passed that love onto his children. He especially loved dogs. He enjoyed his pet Parrot "Big Bird" in his later years. He was always quick to play a prank on someone whenever a chance arose.
Survivors include his wife, Jean of Coeur d' Alene, ID; brother, John (Louise) Cochran of St. Regis, MT; sister, Mary Joe (Dale) Sphar of Polson, MT; sons, Daniel (Nancy) Cochran of Quilcene, WA; Michael (Terri) Cochran of Battleground, WA; Thomas Cochran, Redmond, OR; Patrick (Norma) Cochran of Wasilla, AK; Mark (Barbara) Cochran of Wasilla, AK; David Cochran of Coeur d' Alene ID; daughter, Kelly (Steve) Gill of Coeur d' Alene, ID; many beloved grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Pat was preceded in death by his parents, Bart and Caroline Cochran; 2 brothers, Neil and Allen Cochran; 2 sisters, Lucille Miller and Nelly Luckie. Pat's final resting place will be in Sandpoint, ID. Valley Funeral Home, Wasilla Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
Valley Funeral Home & Crematory
151 East Herning Avenue Wasilla, AK 99654
Published in Alaska Dispatch News from May 28 to May 29, 2014