LCpl Kenneth Eldren Cochran 1991-2012 Lance Corporal Kenneth Eldren Cochran of Wilder, Idaho died in support of combat operations in Habib, Afghanistan on January 15, 2012. LCpl. Cochran was assigned to the 9th ESB 2D MLG US Marine Corps. Kenneth Cochran was born in Riverside, California on July 12, 1991 to George N. Cochran III (Caribou, Maine) and Julia (Howell) Cochran (Wilder, Idaho). Kenneth was a graduate of Parma High School, Class of 2010. While in school he was very active in the COSSA auto program, winning numerous awards. While in school, Kenneth won 1st place in district's Patriot's Pen Contest. He placed 2nd in the Veterans of Foreign Wars Regional Competition. Kenneth was outgoing and enthusiastic. A genuinely nice young man who didn't know a stranger. He was well liked and admired by fellow students and his co-workers in the Corps. He was always the first to work and the last to leave. Kenneth lived each day to the best of his ability, sharing his advanced skill set to benefit friends and co-workers. While in Afghanistan he was fortunate to have served some of his tour in a camp close to his older sister, Joyce, who is also serving in the theatre. LCpl. Kenneth Eldren Cochran is survived by his father and mother, former marine George Cochran and US Army CPT Julia Cochran (Wilder, ID), sister US Army Combat Medic Specialist Joyce Cochran (assigned Bastion Hospital, Afghanistan), brother George (Geo) Cochran (Wilder, ID), sister Michael Katherine Cochran (Boise, ID), grandparents, Mark Eldren Howell and Joyce A. Howell (Wilder, ID) and Donna M. Cochran (Orlando, FL), Uncles and Aunts Phillip and Karen Coonts (Stanley, ID), Jim and Laurea Howell (Wilder, ID), Kenneth C. Howell and Bernadine Marconi (Boise, ID), Paul and Martha Gamble (Peoria, IL), Matthew and Dawn Howell (Kuna, ID), Mitchell (Mitch) and Becci Cochran (St. Petersburg, FL) and Roxanne Cochran (Orlando, FL) as well as numerous cousins and dear friends. Kenneth was preceded in death by his grandfather George N. Cochran Jr. Kenneth's zest for life and ebullient personality will be missed by all who knew him. LCpl. Cochran's services will be held at the Parma High School Gymnasium on Sunday, January 29th at 2:00 PM. Condolences may be made online at www.flahifffuneralchapel.com.
Published in Idaho Statesman from Jan. 22 to Jan. 28, 2012