Patrick "Jack" Cooper (2001 - 2017)

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Patrick "Jack" Cooper, 16, passed away on June 18, 2017 in Bird Ridge, Alaska, from a bear attack after competing in the Robert Spurr Memorial Hill Climb.
Jack came into the world as Patrick Stephen Woodward. He was a tiny fighter, cared for at the Providence Hospital NICU for two months and then by his birth family for two more months. Then he became ours: Patrick Jack-Stephen Cooper. Jack was a gift. He was a special education student whose challenges were far exceeded by his joy and excitement for life. We are all better people for the honor of having him in our lives. He will be dearly missed.
Jack was a student at East Anchorage High School, just finishing his 10th grade year. He loved the beach, the hot tub and the trampoline. He had a great basketball 3-point shot. He ran races, fished like a champion, inner-tubed at the lake and was an avid hockey fan. He loved board games like chess and Monopoly. He enjoyed beating his grandmother at Wii Bowling and being a wolf in his iPad wolf simulator game. His favorite food and drink were cheese and root beer with no ice. Jack is survived by many, including his father, David Cooper; and mother, Katrina Garner; stepmother, Rose Garner; brothers, Jesse and Jason Cooper; stepsister, Chelsea Hodgdon; stepbrothers, Matthew and Brandon Theisen; grandfather, Larry Smith; and grandmother, Jackie Smith. Jack is also survived by his birth family, including his birth parents, Steve and Jennifer Woodward; grandmothers, Nancy Sheehy and Mary Buckle; grandfather, Tom Woodward; and stepgrandmother, Joan Woodward, along with many uncles, aunts and cousins.
Jack is preceded in death by his grandparents, Jack and Judy Cooper; along with members of his birth family: grandfather, Michael Sheehy; and stepgrandfather, Bishop Buckle.
There will be a funeral service on Saturday, June 24, 2017, at Anchorage Church of Christ, 2700 Debarr Road in Anchorage, Alaska, beginning at 6 p.m. Gary Eller will be officiating the service. Memorial bequests can be made to Catholic Social Services of Alaska, the organization which helped with Jack's adoption, by visiting their website at Arrangements are with Janssen's Evergreen Memorial Chapel.
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Published in Anchorage Daily News on June 22, 2017