David H. Cochran

August 7, 1931December 26, 2012
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David H. Cochran (Dave), 81 passed away quietly on December 26, 2012 in Sun City West, Arizona. He is survived by Peggy his wife of 62+ years. They enjoyed a long life together with many fond memories. In the beginning Dave and His bride moved around as he was in the Navy for 5 years, during this time they brought Patrick into the world (1952), shortly after that they welcomed daughter Barbara (1953). Dave left the Navy and moved back to Michigan to settle down and start their new life, in 1958 they welcomed another daughter Michelle. Moving to Detroit, Dave was employed by Cadillac Motor and drove semi-truck until his retirement after 31 years. With all the kids gone they bought some land and moved to Lupton, Michigan to begin their next chapter together. With son Patrick and family moving to Phoenix, Arizona they saw an opportunity to travel so they purchased a motorhome and began spending summers in Michigan and winters in Arizona they became as we call them in Phoenix, "SNOWBIRDS". They have met many others just like them and have enjoyed and continue to enjoy those they have met over these many years of travel. Dave will be missed by all that have touched his life. He had the gift to gab and was always willing to help out any one at a any time, he was a very caring person. Dave was a member of many organizations, the UAW, Sheriff's Posse in West Branch, The Mason's-Masonic Lodge #376 and was a Shiner. Dave had a number furry friends as well over the years but, his best friend here was a Sheltie named "Lady".

Dave will be missed by son Patrick (Margie), grandchildren Shelley Wilson (Matt), Allen and great-grandchildren Ethan Wilson, Carter Wilson and Bailey Cochran.

Daughter Barbara Lanier, (George), grandchildren, Karrie (Steve), Christopher (Penny), Kelly (Mark), Michael (Samantha) George and Melissa (David), and great-grandchildren Cassandra, Kalob, KC, Nicole, Joshua, Ashlyn, Samana, Olivia, Lily, Jacob, Grace, Alaina, Charlotte, Justin and Mattison, also great great-grandchildren, Trevor, Vance, Hunter, Anabelle, Bentley and Danica.

Daughter Michelle McDonald, (Michael).

We all have memories of Dave and we would love to have you share your stories for all of us to remember him by and pass them on for years to come. Please share your memories on the online guest book. At click on and follow the directions.


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Pat Cochran

January 12, 2013

At 6'4 my dad was bigger than life to me growing up. He was a Truck driver and on the road alot but he always found time for his family. We did camping trips, road trips to Florida, he helped out with cub scouts,then boy scouts. He taught us all responsiblitiy and consequences for not being responsible, like the time he told me not to take my Honda scooter out of the yard as he left for work. He wasn't gone 10 minutes and I was on it and riding round showing off, problem was I was stopped by the cops. I sure did miss that scooter. Dad picked it up from impound lot and I never saw it again. Dad did take time to show me how to work on cars, working along side me as I went thru cheap basket case cars. He showed me how to keep them running, as long as I didn't take his cars apart we were good.
Dad was always there for all of us, when I went to college in Big Rapids, him and mom would visit us,when we moved to Grand Rapids they would visit, when we moved to Phoenix AZ they would visit, then they started spending winters in Arizona. He was always there for us. Even though he is no longer with us he will always be there in my heart and thoughts I will truely miss him.
We love you and we will miss you.

Your Son

leslie haas

January 9, 2013


Tim Louden

January 5, 2013

As a young boy at a ripe age of seven or eight and reaching the height of 3 foot nothing, I remember my Uncle Dave was a giant of a man. When Dave's family came to visit us one time when we lived in Kentucky, I built up the courage to ask him what he did to get so tall.
He explained to me that when he was my age, he would make mud pies and eat them. I was very excited with this new found information and couldn't wait to get outside and give it a try trusting that my uncle surely would not steer me wrong. I was so sure that this had to be the key, a proven method that worked for him; it surely would work for me.
Some time had passed and when I entered the house with evidence of mud on my face, and as I went to rinse the grit out from between my teeth, Uncle Dave asked if I had made some pies? I responded with a disappointing yes, and that I didn't think it was going to work for me.
He replied sincerely, well maybe if you stood real still in the yard during the next rain that may help.
A few days later we had some rain come through the area, and yes you could see this little boy standing tall in the front yard thinking this has got to work. It didn't and I'm still vertically challenged.
Now nearly forty eight years has passed since that day and as I reflect back to that very day, I know Uncle Dave must have been laughing so hard inside. Some memories fade in a short period of time but these are ones that had such a lasting impression on me I remember them as clearly as yesterday.
My Uncle Dave has now crossed over to the other side; I will continue to hold onto those memories. I know one day we will meet again, and when we do I will remind him of that very day and we can both laugh together.
Uncle Dave will be dearly missed.
In loving memory, May you rest in heavenly peace.
Your nephew, Tim Louden

Joseph Boyd

January 5, 2013

I knew Dave and although we were unrelated, he was always very kind and treated me with great respect. He was a very welcoming and pleasant person to talk to. He will be missed dearly and has much of his family to cherish the times he shared with all of them.

Russ and Donna Bobcean

January 5, 2013

So sorry, Michelle, we know you have many great memories of happy times.
Love, Russ and Donna

Shelley Wilson

January 4, 2013

I have many memories of Christmas visits, playing my first Atari game at your house, and spending time with you in Michigan and Arizona. However, the memory that makes me smile the most, is the time your teased me about my extremely loose tooth when I was six. You bugged me for what seemed like hours to pull it out, but I would hear nothing of it. Finally, you surprised me, reached around and touched my tooth. I was mortified when it fell into my hand, but thrilled that the Tooth Fairy would be visiting me that night. Thanks for pulling out my tooth Grandpa and for all the other wonderful memories I will continue to share with my only children. We will miss you greatly.

Michelle Cochran McDonald

December 29, 2012

Thank you for being my father - I am so proud to be your daughter. You have taught me so very much to assist me in life. The open expression of your love for your wife showed me how much you truly loved her and what kind of husband I wanted in my life. The love and care you gave my brother, sister and I and all the Florida and camping trips. The generosity you showed to the people that crossed your path. The friendships you enjoyed, some over 50 years. The joy you had when you met a new grandchild, great grandchild or great-great grandchild. I am already missing you. I will miss laying my head on your chest as I hug you, miss hearing "I love you", miss hearing about you cutting the grass but what I will miss most is hearing your voice when I say "Hello Dad" and you say "Hello Daughter". I love you Dad and no worries we have Mom's back!

John 14:1-2

"Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you.