Albin M. Cooper
March 5, 1926 – March 1, 2014

Albin 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.

After 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.

After 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 possible.

In 1971 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 Cemetery. 

Albin 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.

He is 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.

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