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John A. Cooper

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John A. Cooper was born November 18, 1923 in Roswell, New Mexico to Albert Cecil Cooper and Cleota Hamner Cooper. He died on January 17, 2021, peacefully at his home on the ranch north of Tinnie, NM.

He was married to Joyce McKnight on December 31, 1944. They had 6 children, 12 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild by the time of his death. She preceded him in death in November of 1981.

His second wife, Mary Jones, preceded him in July, 2020 following 36 years of marriage. She is survived by 2 daughters, 3 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. He also was preceded in death by his parents and by 3 siblings, Ruby Lois Cooper, Albert O. Cooper, and Jerry Cooper.

He raised sheep and cattle for 75 years, and produced wool of exceptionally high quality. He was an active civic leader, serving 32 years on the Hondo Valley Public Schools school board from 1952 to 1985, and 18 years on the board of supervisors of the Upper Hondo Soil and Water Conservation District. He was active in the New Mexico Cattle Growers and New Mexico Wool Growers, served as its president, and was New Mexico Sheepman of the Year in 1990. He was a founder of Boy Scout troop 162 at Hondo and was a scout leader for several years. He was a long-time Episcopalian, was a member of the Episcopal Churches of Lincoln County, served on its vestry, and attended St. Anne’s.

A private family graveside service will be held at South Park Cemetery in Roswell, with a memorial service to be arranged at a later date.

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