1953 ~ 2013
MIDVALE, UT-Bill James Cooper was born to Gary William and Madge Nielson Cooper on March 28th, 1953. Bill was a hard worker, roofer and jack of all trades whose kind loving spirit was felt by all who knew him. Bill served in the Navy and was honorably discharged in 1975.
At the time of his unexpected passing in Arkansas on June 7th, Bill was doing the things he loved most: fishing and visiting his children and grandchildren. The small boat he was in capsized, casting him into the Red River near Texarkana. Bill had spent several years living in Arkansas before returning to Utah in 1997.
Bill is survived by his mom and dad, Madge and Frank DeForest; five children, Faith Cenobio, Michael (Kelly) Richardson, Julie Lopez, Sarah Miller and Stephaine (Ramiro) Barron; his brothers and sisters, Ray Cooper, Laurie (Chris) Morrow, Lynda Gibson, Bud (Kary) DeForest, Mick (Vicky) DeForest, Toni (Tom) Lopez, George (Ann) DeForest and Darrell (Sandy) DeForest; and 15 grandchildren, several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Bill was preceded in death by his father, Gary W. Cooper (1962) and an infant grandson, Anthony Miller (2001).
A Celebration of Bill's Life will be held on June 22, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the Mountain View Christian Assembly, located at 300 East 8000 South in Midvale, Utah.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that all who read this please pass onto others the spirit of kindness and generosity Bill showed during his lifetime.