Sept. 10, 1965 - Aug. 26, 2018
Jeff passed away following complications from a heart attack. At his passing, he was surrounded by his immediate family, extended family, friends and co-workers.
Jeff was born in Palo Alto. He lived for 3 years in Menlo Park before moving to Foster City. He attended primary schools in Foster City and graduated from San Mateo High School in June 1984.
Jeff received his AA in Fine Arts Photography from the College of San Mateo while working part time for the City of San Mateo Park and Recreation Department where he peaked his interest in that field. He continued his education at California State East Bay where he received his BS in Recreational Management and shortly afterward went to work as a Park Ranger in Santa Clara County progressing through the ranks to Captain.
His business card summarized his love of nature with a quote from John Muir: "The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness."
Jeff was preceded in death by his Mother, Charlotte, in 1990. He is survived by his loving wife, Mindy, and devoted children, Megan and Connor, his father, Bob, step-mother, Sue, his step-brother, Dan Dower (Harriet), and step-sister, Coleen Saul (Chris). He is also survived by his in-laws, Bill and Linda Reavely and sister-in-law, Amy Wyman (Brad), and their children, Shane and Sydney.
Friends and family are invited to a Celebration of Life on Sept. 23, 2018 at Beresford Park Recreation Center, 2720 Alameda de las Pulgas in San Mateo from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Santa Clara Co. Ranger Association is planning an event in his memory on Sept. 28, 2018 at Ed Levin Park, Spring Valley Group Area, 3100 Calaveras Road, Milpitas at 1 p.m.
They have also initiated a web page at https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/jeffcossins View the online memorial for Jeffrey Cossins