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Harold (Jim) James Cochran Jr.
Passed away on Saturday November 12, 2022.
Jim was born on April 17, 1949, to Harold James Cochran Sr. and Maxine Elizabeth Cochran in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Harold and Maxine moved to Wyoming in Jim’s early years.
Jim attended high school at Natrona County high and shortly after finishing high school Jim attended WyoTech in Laramie, Wyoming. Jim married his high school sweetheart, Darlene K Brown on June 1, 1968, and settled in Casper, Wyoming.
Jim took pride in hard work and getting his hands dirty. He started work in the oilfield at JPS, Jim’s Pipe Service, a family-owned business. He settled into his career when he started work at the Shirley Basin Uranium Mine for Getty Mine Company in 1978.
Jim and Darlene started their family shortly after they said, “I Do”. Paul Anthony Cochran was born to the couple on March 30, 1969. Jim and Darlene decided to expand the family and welcomed their first daughter, Angel Dawn (Cochran) Guptill on August 28, 1975. They completed their family when Tiffany Kay (Cochran) Yeager was born on February 16, 1976.
Jim continued his career with Getty Mine company until August 28, 1985, when he suffered a life altering injury. After the injury caused him to slow down, he was able to pursue his passion for horses. He was involved in horse racing in the mountain west region from the late 80’s into the late 90’s.
Jim had a great love for the outdoors, hunting and fishing. Several places in Wyoming were near to his heart but his favorite was spending time in the Dubois/ Jackson Hole area. The mountains were where he felt at home.
Jim is survived by his wife of 54 Years, Darlene Cochran. Lifelong best friend and “Brother” Leon Cox. Children, Paul Cochran, Angel (Tim) Guptill and Tiffany Yeager. Sister, Lenda Sanders. Grandchildren, Christopher (Karla) Cochran, Niky (Dakota) Hawkins, Kati Cochran, Alex Cochran, Tristan Cochran. Jim was fortunate to have all of his family residing in Casper, Wyoming.
Jim is also survived by several Great- Grandchildren who he loved very much. Great – Grandchildren include Ernie and Lucas Drake, Xander and Jasper Guptill, Dakota Hawkins Jr., Weslynn Cochran, Layne Cochran, Layla and AnnaLynne Trujillo and Braxton Hawkins.
Jim is preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services will be held at our Lady of Fatima Church on Friday, December 2, 2022, at 1:30 pm.
In lieu of flowers please make donations in Jim’s memory to Hunting with Heroes- Wyoming P.O. Box 51736, Casper Wyoming 82605.
Arrangements are under the care of Bustard and Jacoby Funeral Home, 600 CY Ave, Casper , WY 82601.
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