Ivan Bowman Cooper passed away peacefully on July 5, 2020 in Cedar City, Utah. He was 84 years old.
Ivan was born on February 20, 1936 in Overton Nevada. He was the seventh and youngest child of Richard and Alta Cooper. Ivan grew up on the family farm in Stringtown in Overton. He attended Moapa Valley High School where he played football and ran track, but he spent most of his time on the farm milking cows, working in the fields, hauling hay, and riding horses.
Ivan married Meredith Hickman on May 2, 1958 in Overton, Nevada. They were sealed in the Mesa, Arizona Temple the following year. After a stint in the Army National Guard, Ivan and Meredith settled in Overton. Ivan and his brother Reed took over the family farm and formed the Cooper Brother’s Dairy. Ivan also raised beef cattle, horses, and other animals, including six sons who helped on the farm. Ivan was a hard worker and also found time to work at the power company, or to drive the local gas truck, and to start a greenhouse operation. After selling the dairy Ivan worked for Simplot for thirty years.
Ivan loved to hunt, fish, ride horses and spend time with his family. He was a good father and husband.
Ivan coached Little League baseball, worked with the Boy Scouts, served on the Moapa Valley Water District Board for 12 years, and was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where he served as Bishop of the Overton 1st Ward.
Ivan and Meredith moved to Cedar City, Utah in 2006 to spend their retirement years.
Ivan is survived by his wife Meredith, four sons Mendis (Debbie) of Overton, Stacey (Terri) Cedar City, UT, Robert (Beth) Logandale, and Keith “Charlie” (Alisha) Overton, a sister Marietta Carson, a daughter-in-law Trisha Cooper, 13 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, other siblings, and two sons Tom and Adam.
Viewing Services will be held on Friday, July 10, 2020 at 6-8 pm at the Moapa Valley Mortuary, with Funeral Services on Saturday, July 11, 2020 at 9:00 am, and will be available via Facebook live-stream. The family invites you to leave a message or memory, and access the live-stream at www.moapavalleymortuary.com.
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