Harold Ray Cooper
28 April, 1927 – 12 February, 2021
Harold Cooper passed away peacefully on Friday February 12, 2021 following complications from COVID-19, in Morton, Washington where he lived his entire life. He will be missed by all who knew him as he was naturally kind and generous and loved to help others. He lived his entire life in the Morton community and was extremely proud of the history of the area.
Born in Morton on April 28, 1927 to Harry and Katherine Cooper. He graduated from Morton High School in 1945. He married Marj Cooper on April 3, 1954 and they established their home in Morton where they raised their three sons.
If anyone ever lived a full and happy life it was our Dad, Harold Cooper. He started working in the logging business at a young age. He started hauling ties during the war while still in high school. After high school he continued hauling ties until 1948 when he started logging with his dad and Jack Winslow. He was a gyppo logger the next 25 years partnering with Oak and Tuff Forrest, Bob Weber, and his brother George Cooper. In 1973, he retired from logging and was Lewis County Commissioner for 13 years retiring again in 1986. Not long after, he went back to logging in the summers with his youngest son Keith. They worked together for nine years, with Harold running his beloved John Deere skidder and Keith cutting timber. For many of those years, they worked on his 120-acre tree farm logging, clearing and replanting. Dad took great pride in doing the work themselves and creating one of the finest tree farms in the State.
Throughout his life, he maintained a good work-life balance. He was an active member and historian of the Morton community. He was a long-time member of the Lewis County Farm and Forestry, Morton Masonic Lodge, Morton Methodist Church, Morton Husky Club, Morton Senior Center, Fire Mountain Arts Council, Lewis County Historical Society, Cowlitz Valley Historical Society, Lewis County Shrine and of the Afifi Shrine in which he rode for the Shriners Mounted Patrol in parades for several years. He was a founder and lifetime member of the Morton Gun Club as well as a founder of the Lewis County Hospital District Foundation. He served six years on the Morton City Council and two terms with Marj as Worthy Patron and Worthy Matron of the Order of Eastern Star. He was an avid fisher and hunter of everything from grouse to bear and spent many years in elk camp on the Green River. He and Marj travelled extensively throughout the world visiting over 30 countries, numerous states and 6 continents.
After 55 years of marriage, Marj passed away in 2009. In 2010 Harold found his second significant other and loving companion, Frances Wood. They spent almost eleven years happily together enjoying each other’s company.
He was extremely proud of his family, especially his three sons who all graduated from college and his grandson who is off to college. He loved his family, neighbors, friends and the Morton community.
He is survived by and will be greatly missed by his sons, David Cooper of Portland, Douglas Cooper of Seattle, Keith and Linda Cooper of Olympia, grandson Keith Owen Cooper of New York, and numerous nephews and nieces.
He is preceded in death by his parents, wife, brother and several aunts, uncles, nephews and nieces.
The family will hold a private graveside service due to Covid-19 concerns. Harold will be laid to rest at Brown Mortuary in Morton, next to his beloved wife Marj. They know everyone who knew Harold will be there in spirit.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the doctors, nurses and staff at Arbor Health, Morton Hospital for the loving care and comfort they provided, and the many friends that helped him when he needed it.
We would also like to acknowledge and extend a SPECIAL THANKS to the friends, churches, and neighbors for their expressions of love, sympathy, prayer, flowers, comfort and support during this time of our bereavement. You are all very much appreciated. May you all continue to be blessed for your caring expressions and acts of kindness.
Memorials may be sent to the Husky Scholarship fund, Lewis County Historical Society, Morton Methodist Church or charity of your choice.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Harold Ray Cooper
25 February 2021
Harold Copper....always a class act! What a gentleman! He treated me with a great deal of respect, will not forget him!
25 February 2021
Harold, words cannot describe how incredibly important you were throughout my formative years and just how much you will be missed even though it's been a while since I've been home. You loved sharing your knowledge, stories (even the ones I probably shouldn't have heard), and you and Marj always had an open door when Pat and I ventured over. You truly made me feel a part of the Cooper family. Despite moving to a better place, you have left a big hole in the hearts of many and you will forever be loved more than you know...