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Larry Cooper

Larry Cooper

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09/27/10 11:28 AM #1    

Dorothy Ann Perry (Kennedy)

Larry Drue Cooper (February 23, 1948 - May 8, 2010)

Larry Drue Cooper, 62, of Rexburg, died Saturday, May 8, 2010 at home from natural causes. He was the first child to Cleo R. and Charlene Fikstad Cooper in Rexburg, Idaho. Larry attended schools in Rexburg through 11th grade then completed high school in Las Vegas, Nevada. He married Paula Boyce in Rigby, Idaho. They moved to California where he was in the Marines. Larry and Paula had two boys, Wade and Darren.

After Larry was released from the service, the family lived in Mud Lake, Idaho where he farmed for his uncles. He was in a motor vehicle accident going to work, which caused traumatic brain injury. Post-accident, his life and ability to function changed drastically. After some time, Larry’s father removed him from full-time institutionalized care to try to improve his quality of life.

Larry spent many good times with his dad and nephew fishing and boating, which were the highlights of his life. He loved to visit with his friends the Sieperts and Carlsons at the Rexburg Food Center who took wonderful care of him, including holidays and birthdays. Also significant in his life were the Hepworth family who spent numerous hours visiting with him over the years.

Larry could always recall birthdays and facts about loved ones who he hadn’t seen in years. Larry’s candor, literal interpretations of abstract ideas, and attention to very random details created tender moments and laughter for those who interacted with him. It is still not known for certain if he actually believed the stories in the Enquirer.

Larry was recognized by many in the community by face, but not in name. It is the family’s desire that those who saw Larry know that he had a family that cared for him and tried to make his days in this life comfortable and happy. Larry was foremost cared for by his father Cleo, till his death in 1991. His ongoing needs and care were then transferred to his devoted sister, Kristine. The family expresses appreciation to Duane and Sandra Ricks for their support with full-time medical care in the last years.

Private services will be held later. Interment will be in the Rexburg Cemetery.

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