Paul Lee Cooper, born July 31, 1966 in Freeport, Texas, passed away at his home in Brazoria, Texas on March 27, 2023. He is preceded in death by: Ian Kyndale Cooper (son), Joe & Irene Cooper (paternal grandparents), William & Marjorie Brazil (maternal grandparents).
He is survived by: wife - Kathryn Colleen Easley Cooper; parents - Joseph Mack & Mary Cooper; daughters – Lori Ann Cooper Paulson (Dale), Kendra San Miguel (Erick), Mackynzie Dorris-Cooper, Kaylee Cooper; sisters – Tracy Cooper Whitley (Kent), Sheryl Cooper Wade (Mark); grandchildren – Kordell Toscano, Reigan Toscano, Kari San Miguel; great-grandson – Kylo Toscano; numerous much-loved nieces and nephews. Honorary family members – John Toscano, Clint Sims, Rose Rae, Carol Ann Cisneros.
Paul Cooper was born to Joe Mack and Mary Cooper. His father Joe Mack served in the U.S. Army which had the family moving frequently, including internationally. Paul graduated from Galileo High School in San Francisco, California in 1984. He attended City College San Francisco and played football while there.
In 1985, he and his family moved to Brazoria, Texas and he transferred to Brazosport College. Paul met his wife Colleen (married 35 years) at the local Walmart where they were both employed. One year later, the two were married on August 15, 1987. In his true character, he loved and adopted their daughter Kendra and they became a family.
Paul worked at Vallen Safety Supply before hiring on at Dow Chemical as an operator. He was employed at Dow for 20 years until the company sold the plant to Braskem USA where he worked the last 10 years.
After losing their son Ian in 2000, Paul came to realize his need for God’s comfort. Through that process he came to know Jesus and was baptized shortly after at Brazospointe Fellowship Church with his friends and family there to support and encourage him.
Paul’s favorite things were camping and hunting with his family, mowing the yard, and the Dallas Cowboys! Canyon Lake was his favorite place to camp and he enjoyed taking his nephews and other family members there frequently. His hunting lease provided not only a bounty in his freezer, but more importantly it was one of his greatest joys to spend time with his dad there. The Dallas Cowboys were God’s team and no matter what other life-events were happening, he would find a way to watch the game.
One of Paul’s hallmarks and part of his legacy is that he was always serving others. He did everything with kindness and compassion. He took in children and young adults who needed a good father and showed them what a good dad looks like.
He loved coaching kids’ sports. He coached the “Cougars” - a farm league football team. He had a huge influence on the young boys on his team and watched as many of them grew up to be incredible young men.
Paul enjoyed camaraderie with all of his co-workers and they held him in high regard.
He was always Johnny on the Spot to spend time with and help his parents at their “mini-ranch.” He took care of his wife’s “adopted” friends – and he was always willing to take on the projects she volun-told him. Frequently, he would stop by his in-laws house to see if there was anything he could help them with.
He cherished his sisters. They were best of friends and he was unbreakable in his devotion to them.
He adored his wife. Through sickness and health, he demonstrated his love and devotion. Together, they experienced hardship and tragedy, but also shared a lifetime of great memories and lots of laughter. He even loved talking to her roosters, and they would reply!
Paul Cooper was a quiet, gentle giant who loved/tolerated all people. And all of his people loved him.
A graveside service will be held at a future date.