Obituary: Gary Martin Cooper
May 5, 2009
Gary Martin Cooper was born Dec. 8, 1953 in Bronxville, N.Y. to Martin and Dorothy Cooper. Gary was raised in Yonkers, N.Y., where he attended Roosevelt High School. Gary graduated from Brigham Young University with a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering.
Gary and LaVon Criddle were married on Nov. 22, 1975 in Downy, Idaho.
Gary worked for Hogan and Olhausen Engineer in Loveland after graduating from Brigham Young. He designed the bridges that were washed away in the Big Thompson flood. He also designed the 5 million gallon water tank for Loveland before coming to Grand County.
Gary and LaVon moved to Granby in 1981 when Gary was hired to design the water and sewer system for the SilverCreek Development Company. Gary later worked as the Manager of the Home Owners Association and the SilverCreek Water and Sanitation District. When Gary started there, the company was in the red, but ended in the black, while Gary worked hard to keep the customers’ rates low.
He was the Winter Park West Manager and currently was the Assistant Manger. Gary designed the 1⁄2 million water tank for Winter Park that was completed last year.
Gary was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints in Granby and was a charter Member of the Granby Rotary Club.
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He loved riding his Yamaha RoadStar motorcycle and taking trips to Lake Powell with his family. Every year when Gary and LaVon took a vacation, Gary took great pride in planning and designing the perfect vacation.
Gary loved helping people learn to water ski. He loved hunting, playing basketball and watching his boys play sports. Gary had a great sense of humor, loved making people laugh and always ready to help anyone when needed.
Gary loved his family and enjoyed his time spent with them.
Gary was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma Cancer in 1999 and passed away April 28, 2009.
Gary was preceded in death by his father Martin Cooper.
Gary leaves to mourn his passing; his wife LaVon Cooper; his mother Dorothy Cooper; daughter and son-in-law Virginia and Brett Tibbitts; sons and daughter-in-laws Martin and Casey Cooper and Randy and Jessica Cooper; daughter Rachel Cooper and her finance Derek Easdon; grandchildren Breana, Brayden, Kylie, Korri, Olivia, and Kenzie; sisters Nancy Van Dine and Sue Blauvelt.
A visitation will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Granby with the family receiving friends from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday May 10, 2009.
Funeral Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday May 10, 2009 at the SilverCreek Inn Convention Center in Granby presided by President Lou Arnold. Interment will follow at the Granby Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the care and direction of Foran-Schoenfeld Mortuary – Hot Sulphur Springs.