Gilbert Cooper, 89, of Surprise, AZ passed away Thursday, July 1 of natural causes. He was born October 14, 1931 in Boone, CO. Gilbert married Esperanza De La Cruz on May 9, 1954 at St. Marys Church in El Centro, CA. and built their dream home in El Centro. He served the Navy as an Airman Apprentice from 1953-1955 and remained active reserves to 1965. He retired as a Systems Technician for AT&T in 1990. Gilbert was an avid fisherman, hunter and bowler. Always supportive of his children and all activities. Donating his time to coach baseball, softball and 4-H classes. Graveside service will be held Friday, July 30 at 9 a.m. at Evergreen Cemetery with Deacon Domingo officiating. Gilbert was preceded by his wife, Esperanza, and his sons Gilbert Cooper Jr, and Robert Cooper. He is survived by his daughters, Sandra Cooper-Johnston and Lisa Bro; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
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Published by Imperial Valley Press Online on Jul. 21, 2021.