Born Sept. 30, 1933, in Marshalltown, Iowa, LCDR James Albert Cooper passed away from non-COVID related respiratory failure at Sharp Coronado Hospital at 12:08 p.m. on Saturday Dec. 12, 2020.
James “Jim” Cooper has been a Coronado resident since 1960.
Jim was a loving husband, a devoted father and grandfather, had the patience of Job, and was a man of God. Aptly christened with the call sign “Wiseman II,” Jim patriotically served our nation for 20 years as a Naval Aviator, including two tours in Vietnam flying scouting and reconnaissance missions in a Martin P-5M.
Jim loved his service to the Coronado community at Christ Episcopal Church where he served as an usher since 1960 and with the Optimist Club for over 45 years in a variety of responsibilities, including the Fine Master, where he loved collecting fines for the “youth of Coronado.” He was known by his family and by Coronado residents as a very kind, loving, and social man.
Jim was preceded in death by his father Glen Walter Cooper, his mother Marjorie Harriet Shong, his sister Constance “Connie” Maude Hagen, and his grandson William James Cooper. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Patricia Roberta Cooper (nee Dawkins); his three sons James Kenneth (Cynthia) Cooper, Robert Glenn (Denise) Cooper, and Lt. Col Christopher John Cooper (USMC), his daughter Kathleen Elizabeth (Richard) Mellor; 20 living grandchildren; and 17 great grandchildren.
He will be greatly missed.