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Obituary: COOPER, MICHAEL

Michael John CooperFeb. 12, 1947 ~ Dec. 26, 2013Salt Lake City, UTMichael John Cooper, loving husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle, and friend passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 26 at home in Salt Lake City.He was born February 12, 1947 in American Fork, Utah to John Berry Cooper and Merle Udene Cooper. Michael grew up in a loving family. He graduated from Lehi High School in 1965, where he was All-State in basketball, football, and tennis. He is the true, "Legend of Lehi". After school he attended the University of Utah on a football scholarship where he played Quarterback his Freshman year and then moved to various positions throughout his time at the U. He graduated in Sociology with a minor in Criminology. He also attended the police academy and served as an officer for several years. He worked for the Division of Motor Vehicles, Tax Commissions, and was an undercover agent for auto theft. He returned to the University of Utah and graduated from the College of Law in 1984 and practiced law since.Mike married his sweetheart, Kathleen Franklin on January 8, 1975 and later was sealed for time and all eternity. They raised twin boys, Terry and Jerry. Mike's 7 grandchildren were the joy of his life and he was a very supportive and loving grandfather.Mike is survived by his wife, Kathleen; two children: Terry (TeriAnn), Jerry (Karin); 7 grandchildren, Tayt (18), Cole (16), Weston (13), Tanner (11), Darby (10), Zane (8), and Katie (6); parents, J.B. and Udene; siblings, RaeDene (Richard) Clay, Kim (Laurie) Cooper, Rhonda (Bart) Blackstock, and Howard (Bonnie) Cooper.Funeral services will be held Monday, December 30, 2013 at 12 noon at the Valley View First Ward, 2245 East 3900 South, Salt Lake City. Friends and family may visit Sunday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Holbrook Mortuary, 3251 South 2300 East, and at the church Monday morning 10:30-11:30 a.m. prior to the service. Interment at Elysian Burial Gardens. Messages and tributes to the family can be posted at: www.HolbrookMortuary.comIn lieu of flowers, donations can be made at any Zions Bank in the name of Michael Cooper, the Perpetual Education Fund, or the Missionary fund of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.