Jackson Scott Cochrane
On March 3, 2014, Jackson Scott Cochrane, 87, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather, passed away at home in Hesperia after a valiant battle with heart disease and diabetes. The light of his life and adored wife of 68 years, Dorothy (Dottie) Cochrane, an accomplished artist, survives him along with his three sons; Michael Cochrane of Oregon, Patrick & Joyce and John & Mary Cochrane of Santa Barbara, and his niece, Cheryl from Oklahoma, and 7 grandchildren: Ryan, Scott, Sean, & Justin Cochrane, Sarah Ethington, Leah Dull and Mariah Cochrane; and several great grandchildren. With his proud heritage stemming from the Cherokee Nation, his family affectionately called him "The Chief" which exemplified his role as the strong leader of his family and the respect he was given by all. In his earliest years, Jack was the strength of his family for his mother, Carmen, and his adored sister, Lorraine, in Pawhuska, Oklahoma where he was born. In his teens they moved to San Bernardino where he attended San Bernardino High School and spent his summers as a lifeguard at Arrowhead Springs Hotel. At 18 he enlisted in the Navy answering his Country's call to duty. He used his mechanic and diving skills on ships at sea and competed in the Navy's Golden Gloves boxing competitions. We are proud of his service along with the many brave men who fought in WWII. His natural leadership skills carried him onto a 30 year career at So. Cal. Edison where he supervised many jobs in the mountainous and desert terrains. He became Post Commander of The American Legion Post 777 in the 60's in San Bernardino. Jack loved the outdoors and fishing and hunting were taught to his boys at an early age. Family time consisted of working on cars, boxing, coaching little league, and many winters and summers spent at their mountain cabin in Running Springs. Jack and Dottie loved the high desert and spent many years enjoying friends and family on fishing trips and finding scenic desert skies and Joshua trees for Dottie to paint while digging up rusty buried treasures to add to their collection. Jack and Dottie traveled to many art shows near and far building many friendships along the way. We cannot express in words the void we feel with his passing, but he left us with much more by the example of the life he lived. His way of storytelling, words of wisdom, kindness, humor, love for his country, personal responsibility, his example of commitment and devotion to Dottie, and all he gave us through his quiet teachable ways. We will cherish the memories for the rest of our days. A private celebration of Jack's life will be held in Hesperia on March 23rd to honor and celebrate The Chief.
Published in San Bernardino Sun on Mar. 16, 2014