GARY CALVIN COOPER 11/8/1944 - 4/9/2014 Gary C. Cooper was born in Enid, OK. He grew up in Wichita, KS and moved to Redondo Beach, CA in 1960. He graduated from Redondo Union High School in 1962, then worked for Pacific Telephone Co. while attending El Camino College. Later he transferred to Long Beach State College where he met his wife, Darlene T. Vacirca (Terry). They were married March 22, 1967 in Los Angeles, CA. They have two children, daughter Sasha and son, Aaron. In 1970, he joined a venture to open Classic One Day Auto Painting in Paramount, CA, which he operated until it was sold in 1981. In 1982 they moved to Apple Valley, CA after he attended a small Bible college and was ordained. He and Terry assisted the pastors at Apple Valley Faith Center and hosted the Youth ministry. In 1984 he opened Sonshine Auto Body on Mojave Dr. in Victorville. He built the larger, updated building on Jasmine St. in 1997 in order to meet the increased business volume. Over the years he gave of his talents to several churches including Genesis in Hesperia and Calvary Chapel at Center Street. He was very active in Victorville Rotary, Chamber of Commerce, and sat on the board of the High Desert Federal Credit Union until he became ill in 2004. He was well known for his generosity, humor and friendship; but, most especially his love of and commitment to Jesus Christ. He is survived by wife, Terry; daughter, Sasha (Nick) Hartman, of Apple Valley; son, Aaron (Tanya) Cooper of Bellingham WA; grandchildren, Breanna, Trevor, Samuel, and Shea Cooper and Liam Hartman; also, his brother Floyd Cooper of Bakersfield, CA. A memorial is planned for Sunday, May 18, 2014 at Hansen Hall at Church of The Valley, Apple Valley, CA at 3:00 pm with reception following. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Epilepsy Foundation, UCLA Memory Disorders Research/neurology program, or Rotary International. For details, email: terryc@ sonshinecollision.com.
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Published in the Daily Press on Apr. 27, 2014