July 14, 1949 – April 26, 2021
David Cooper, Montgomery, AL and Anchorage, AK, aged 71, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, April 26, 2021. He was born in Wilmington, Delaware, lived in various states and countries where his father served in the military, grew up in Columbus, Georgia where he attended Baker high School, received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Anchorage and a Master’s Degree in Business from the University of LaVerne, Anchorage. David was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend to many throughout the world. He is survived by his wife, Diane Cooper of Montgomery, AL and his children, Samuel Cooper, Matthew and Terry Cooper, Jennifer Cooper and grandchildren; namesake, David and Roy Cooper. He is a beloved brother to James (Judy) Cooper, Catherine (Tim) Hewlett, Jackie Wheeler, Steve (Kathy) Cooper, and Ron (Donna) Cooper and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Jean and Fin Cooper. David served 9 years in the U.S. Army. He served in Vietnam and was a recipient of a Purple Heart and Bronze Star Medal for acts of heroism. He worked as a Probation Officer in the State of Alaska until 1981. He joined the Anchorage Police Department where he retired as Captain in 2003, after serving 22 years. He loved God, his family, and his country where he impacted many lives throughout the world. His family has such a strong love for him that will hold them through their loving memories until they are all united in Heaven. “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith”-2 Tim. 4:7 “Today I am happy and I am dancing. Probably naked, but with my golden wings.” A service will be held in Anchorage, Alaska on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 11:00 AM at the Legacy Heritage Chapel at Angeles, 440 E. Klatt Road, Anchorage, Alaska 99515. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation or The Parkinson’s Foundation.
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May 13, 2021
Although I never had the pleasure of meeting David, but I also attended Baker High School and am an Army Brat myself, so to some degree, I know his path in life. His military service makes him a hero to me. My dad served in the Army as a Platoon Sergeant in WW II and Korea. We are all brothers and sisters. His service in the Police force is another hero qualification in my book. My thoughts and prayers are with David and his family. May God Bless you all.
Baker class of 67
Sally Atkins Dowell
May 8, 2021
It has taken awhile for me to write something for Dave's family and the Cooper siblings. It is very difficult to lose a brother or sister and especially a kind and loving person, and it is difficult for me to accept his demise. Jacquie has kept Peggy and I abreast of Dave's challenges. We have prayed for him, as I am sure so many of you have, too.
When I thought about cousins, I had Aunt Jean and Uncle Fin's kids and Aunt Edith and Uncle Taylor's kids and Aunt May and Uncle Trine's daughter because they lived nearby and we were close. Fond memories. I remember the time Jim and Dave were chasing us through the yard and I tried to get away and got my head stuck in a porch banister. And I remember the time we were together and were penned into a mushroom house by a bull!!! That's how I want to go through life... remembering all the crazy funny stuff. I hated it when my best friends moved away from Delaware. Since that time we have all grown up and apart, but I still remember my gentle giant cousins. Should you ever desire to take a vacation in the mountains of Southwest Virginia, you will be welcomed. Aunt Jean and Uncle Fin can be proud of their son, David. All of you can, too. In Christ's love, Sally
May 8, 2021
I am so sorry and saddened to hear of Dave's passing. You have my deepest sympathy, and my thoughts and prayers go with you during the days ahead. It takes a special type of person to serve our country, police force, and to have a loving family and be a friend to all. Dave was that special kind of person. Although we did not keep in touch, when I think of childhood days, he is one of the cousins that comes to mind. He was a good child. Aunt Jean and Uncle Fin raised a fine son. May you rest in the assurance that when God gives out his rewards in heaven, Dave will be a recipient of many. I am so sorry for your loss. Love, one of his many cousins.