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Thomas Franklin Cochran

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Thomas Franklin Cochran Thomas Franklin Cochran, 84, passed away on Thursday, October 4th, 2012. He was born to Toyah and Zona Cochran on Sept. 2, 1928 in Erick, Oklahoma. His family came to Lindsay when he was young, but it was Visalia where he settled and called his home for over fifty years. He was preceded in death by his sister, Rene Branch. Tom is survived by Sarah, his wife of 46 years, and a daughter and three sons: Sharon Andreasen-Rowley and her husband Scott Rowley, Zeb Cochran and his wife Liz, Robert Cochran, and Charles Cochran and his wife Cheryl. He has six grandchildren with the seventh grandchild expected in December, and five great-grandchildren. Also surviving him is his sister, Bilzie Cochran. Always industrious and hard working, Tom began his career in road construction in Alaska, a job which led to work as a civil engineer for California Division of Highways. He was very proud of his contributions to Interstate 5 and Highway 41 through the Kettleman Hills. He changed professions becoming a realtor, later a real estate broker, and finishing his career as a commercial real estate appraiser, retiring in 2010. Throughout Tom's life he was active in the community with Kiwanis, serving as president at one time. He could often be seen in his clown costume selling balloons. He attended the Gateway Church (First Baptist Church) and was a very knowledgeable leader in Bible study. He was an enthusiastic traveler and artist. Tom and Sarah spent much of their free time in Morro Bay in recent years, where he enjoyed spending time watching the ocean, driving along the central coast and studying water-color painting. A memorial service is scheduled for Wednesday, October 10th at 11 a.m. in the Miller Memorial Chapel of Visalia. In lieu of flowers please send donations in his memory to the .

Published in Visalia Times-Delta on Oct. 9, 2012
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