M. Cooper, 87 years, was born to Curley and Edith (Buck)
Cooper on March 5, 1926 in Polk County, Oregon, near Willamina.
He graduated from Willamina High School as the class
valedictorian. In addition to being a good student, he was an
excellent athlete, lettering in football, basketball,
baseball, and track.
high school he joined the US Navy, serving at the end of World
War II as a signalman on the USS Topeka. Afterwards he
returned to Oregon, where he met and married Charlene Bell in
1948. They had two daughters, and remained married until 1974.
The family moved from Detroit to Fox Valley in 1953, in order
for Albin to work at Simpson Lumber Company.
Shortly afterwards they moved to Mill City, initially
living in the little house that is now the city food bank.
working at Simpson for many years, Albin went to work at
Hilltop Market. During
the years he lived in Mill City he was active in community,
church, and school activities.
He served on the school board for a number of years,
plus attended and chaperoned many church and school events,
including being at as many of his daughters’ activities as
he became a safety inspector for the State of Oregon.
With that job he first moved to the northern Oregon
Coast area, and then lived in a number of Oregon Communities,
before returning to Mill City, after retiring.
He then served as the caretaker for the Fairview
had a quick wit, and a good sense of humor.
He especially enjoyed the out-of-doors, including
boating, hunting, fishing, hiking, and mountain climbing.
In addition, he enjoyed woodworking, reading, and
visiting with friends. He
even built two boats, a cabin cruiser and a McKenzie
Whitewater boat. He was
a member of North Santiam River Guides, and the Mazama
Mountaineering Club. Two
of his favorite places to hike with friends and family were
Marion Lake and the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness Area.
survived by his daughters, Sandra Cooper and Peggy Cooper, as
well as one grandson, John Swan, and John’s wife Beka, plus
three brothers. A
private graveside service will be held at Fairview Cemetery.
Serving the family, North
Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.