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Ted L. Cooper

1933 - 2018
Ted L. Cooper Obituary
A longtime resident of Durango, Theodore "Ted" Lasswell Cooper, 85, passed away in Farmington, NM on August 29, 2018.

Ted was born on February 25, 1933 in Pittsburgh, PA and spent his childhood in Cleveland, Youngstown, and Houston. He ran track in high school and earned a scholarship to the University of Houston. There, he met Wilma Walls, and they wed on August 15, 1954.

Ted earned his Masters of Education, concentrating in Art. He was inducted into the US Army in 1956 at Fort Bliss. He served in El Paso, TX working as a recreation specialist.

Ted led a long and varied professional life. In El Paso, TX, he started out teaching art but also acted as director of a Boy Scout camp with Wilma. In June of 1964, they moved their family to Durango where Ted continued teaching at Smiley Junior High and at both the new and old senior high schools. Ted and Wilma bought Hermosa Ranch on which they raised hay through the summers for more than 10 years, until he retired from teaching. In 1980, they invested in a mobile home park and also started up a rafting company in partnership with Wilma's brother, Wayne Walls. Ted and Wilma continued managing the park and other properties for the next 35 years. Throughout his life, Ted exemplified the value of hard work and perseverance.

Ted was entirely devoted to his family and derived his greatest joy from interacting and engaging with his children and grandchildren.

Ted is survived by his wife, Wilma Cooper, and his 4 children: Tamara Henry Corn, Dwight Cooper, Cassandra Cooper, and Cameron Cooper; 7 grandchildren; and 6 great grandchildren.

We will be celebrating his life on Saturday, September 22nd at Durango First Presbyterian Church, 1159 East 3rd Avenue, at 11am.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Ted's honor to: Durango High School - Visual Arts Program, 2390 Main Ave., Durango, CO 81301.
Published in The Durango Herald on Sept. 6, 2018
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