Wayne Everett Cooper, 73 of Atascadero, passed away Aug. 1, 2018. Wayne was a proud and dedicated husband, father, and Papa. He is loved and missed greatly.
Wayne was born in San Luis Obispo and grew up in Carissa Plains. Wayne graduated from Atascadero High School in 1962. He then attended the University of Washington. He transferred to the University of the Pacific where he earned a degree in Engineering.
He then married his high school sweetheart and love of his life Diana. He was a farmer for many years with his older brother Jon before starting a career with PG&E in the early 1980’s. It was at that time he moved with his wife and children to “town”, Atascadero. This is when his lifelong passion for youth and youth activities began. He spent the last 40 years taking the opportunity to attend as many of his children’s and grandchildren’s activities as he could.
He was passionate for the youth of Atascadero and, most importantly, the Atascadero Greyhounds. He spent many years as the Atascadero Greyhound Foundation president. He also co-founded the Lighthouse Foundation, which focuses on education and mentoring to help prevent drug addiction in children and adolescents.
Wayne always said the biggest accomplishment in his life was his family. He is survived by his wife Diana, whom he was happily married to for 51 years. Together they had four children, Vic (Heidi), Christian (Chanel), Melissa, and Ryan (Debbie), and sixteen grandchildren: CJ (Pita), Everett, Caitlyn, Creston, Alex, Evy, Cullen, Cael, Logan, Westley, Jackson, Colby, Caleb, Callie, Charlotte, and Chloe. Wayne is also survived by his Aunt Dora Mckusick, sister Deanna Tomasini (Jim), and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and grand nieces and nephews.
Wayne is preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Evelena, and his brother Jon.
Services and a celebration of life will be held at Colony Park Community Center, 5599 Traffic Way, on Aug. 7, at 11 a.m. The family requests that you wear orange, grey, or blue. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Atascadero Greyhound Foundation (AtascaderoGreyhoundFoundation.org) or the Lighthouse Foundation.