Roark Cooper (1957 - 2016)

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Roark William Cooper
July 9, 1957 - April 26, 2016
Roark William Cooper, 58, of Marsing, Idaho was called home and received into the arms of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday April 26, 2016. After a brief illness, he passed away due to respiratory failure. He was surrounded by his loving family.
Roark was born on the military base in Panama, July 9, 1957 to his parents Henry and Alma Cooper. He grew up in the Bay Area as the eldest of six siblings. He was intelligent, witty, brave, kind, loving and an extraordinary athlete. As a young man he excelled at both track and wrestling. He graduated from Homestead High School in Cupertino, CA at the early age of 16 and left to pursue his entrepreneurial endeavors. He was one of kind as a kid and started his first business when he was only in the third grade by buying a car, and selling it for parts. He embraced hard work as a child and had two paper routes in high school. He continued his strong work ethic his entire life and instilled those traits in his children and grandchildren.
Roark met the love of his life and future wife Sandra Kay Cooper, in Salinas, CA. It was love at first sight. They married, November 16, 1975 in Reno, Nevada. Roark's desire for building new businesses moved them and their five children to many places throughout the country resulting in countless adventures and unforgettable memories.
Roark had a passion and love for the Lord and his family that was unconditional. His greatest goal in life was to see his children and grandchildren serving God. He had a servants' heart and continuously put the needs of others before his own. He gave generously of his time, energy, abilities and money. He would give the shirt off of his back to anyone in need. He treated everyone with equality and cared deeply for their souls, no matter their political affiliation, religious views or lifestyles.
Roark's love for others led him to risk his own life, when he approached a burning vehicle and raced to pull an unconscious person from it, saving their life just prior to the vehicle exploding. He was awarded "The Heroic Service Award" by the California Highway Patrol. His bravery and service to others continued throughout his life. In 2011 the FBI honored him with "The exceptional service in the public interest" award for help in one of their projects. Roark's passion for the Lord and helping the underdog led him to assist in prison ministries, where he facilitated the purchase and distribution of thousands of bibles to prison inmates.
Roark is survived by his spouse Sandra Cooper and their five children Lee Cooper, Brian Cooper, Heather Cooper, Juniper Cooper, Cypress Cooper, and spouses along with their fifteen grandchildren and one great grandson. He is also survived by his parents Henry and Alma Cooper and his five siblings; Kim O'Connor, Ivak Cooper, Kiva Cooper, Ko Cooper, and Ky Cooper and their children along with many cousins and friends in California and worldwide.
He is predeceased by his grandparents, Orval and Maggie Burke and John and Ruby Cooper. He is also predeceased by his father-in-law Samuel Crawford and his mother-in-law, Alta Crawford.
Services will be held Monday May 2, 2016 at 10:00 am at Valley Church 2911 Muller Lane Caldwell, Idaho. Reception will be held at the church directly after. Roark will be laid to rest in the Treasure Valley Area and Cloverdale Funeral Home will be in charge of arrangements.
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Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Apr. 30, 2016