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Eastern Sierra News for June 19, 2024





Owen F. Cooper
Former Inyo Register co-publisher, Owen Frank Cooper, died Jan. 20th  
in Louisville, Colo. after a three-year battle with colon cancer. He  
was 91.
Mr. Cooper was born in Hollywood, Calif. on Feb. 10, 1916 but lived  
most of his life in the Owens Valley, where he graduated from high  
school, married and raised a family. A commercial printer by trade,  
he co-owned and operated Chalfant Press, Inc., the original parent  
company of The Inyo Register newspaper, with partner Todd Watkins for  
more than 40 years.
Mr. Cooper spent his last nine years living with his granddaughter  
Lorilyn and her husband Greg, first in San Diego and then in  
Superior, Colo. where Mr. Cooper enjoyed similarities between the  
Rockies and the High Sierra. This unique living situation afforded  
Mr. Cooper the opportunity to develop a deep bond with Lori and  
Greg's sons, whom he credited with keeping his spirit young.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Thelma Mairs Cooper  and  
grandson Tony Cooper in 1996; son Wayne Cooper in 1997; and daughter  
Cheryl Pingree in 1998.
Survivors include granddaughters Lorilyn "Lori" Pingree Badzik of  
Colorado and Jacklyn Cooper of California; grandsons Larry Pingree  
and Derek Cooper, both of California; and five great-grandchildren.