Owen F. Cooper 1916-2008 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. ______________________________________________
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