Charles Marshall Cochran was born Oct. 8, 1920 in Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio to Claude Orville Cochran and Anna Chrack. Charles passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2006, after a brief illness, at the Coral Desert Rehabilitation Center in St. George, Utah.
As a young man living in Sullivan, Mo, he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCCs) and was sent to Heber City where he worked on the Deer Creek Dam. It was there he met Loraine Jorgensen. Charlie married Loraine on Feb. 14, 1941 in Heber. He was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on July 10, 1949. He was later sealed to Loraine in the Salt Lake Temple Aug. 9, 1954. Loraine preceded him in death on July 4, 1986. He worked for the Heber Co-op and then Geneva Steel. He learned the mechanic trade and started doing mechanic work in Heber in a garage near their home. He later bought a service station (Cochran’s Union 76), which he ran for many years. He was loved and appreciated as being honest and dependable by the good people of Heber. He also helped many travelers with repairs. He was active and loved his service in Scouting, Seventies, High Priests and served as a Ward Clerk for many years.
He married Zola Wright June 10, 1987 in Provo and they lived in Heber for a short time. They moved to St. George and bought a home, which they loved and enjoyed for many years. Charlie enjoyed spending many hours in his wood shop making gifts for his friends and family, but Charlie and Zola’s greatest enjoyment was watching the Utah Jazz. Charlie’s last night was made complete by the Jazz beating Chicago. He loved his brothers and sisters Claude, Florence, Anna, Bill, Mary, Kenneth and Clara and always kept in contact with them.
Charlie is survived by his wife Zola; his five children: Roy (Darlene), James (Linda), Kent (Dixie), Charlotte (Abe) and Alan (Holley) whom he was very proud of; 24 grandchildren and 46 great grandchildren who adored him; stepchildren: Dale (Sharon) Wright; Kent (Peggy) Wright; Julie (Maurice) Chatwin; sisters: Anna, Clara and Florence. He was preceded in death by his parents; all of his brothers; sister Mary; and stepson Arch Wright.
Funeral Services will be held Saturday, Feb. 11, 11 a.m. at the Heber City 7th Ward Chapel, 240 East 400 South. Friends may call 9:30-10:30 a.m. prior to services at the 7th Ward Chapel. Internment will be in the Heber City Cemetery. Friends and family are invited to offer their condolences at http://email@example.com.
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