Curtis Ray Cooper

Date of birth: August 23 1935

Date of death: June 2 2019

Dr. Curtis Ray Cooper of Tigard, OR, died June 2, 2019.

Born August 23, 1935, in Springville, TN, he grew up in Chicago, and then joined the U. S. Army. He served in the Army Security Agency from 1953-1956, after which he earned a Bachelor’s Degree from University of California, Berkeley; a Master’s Degree from San Jose State University; and a Doctorate in Education from the University of San Francisco.

Curt was a longtime teacher and educator, working in Sunnyvale, San Jose, San Francisco, and Stockton, CA; Kansas City, MO; and Las Vegas, NV. Over the years, he taught Spanish, Chinese, and English as a Second Language. He served as the President for the California Association of Secondary Bilingual Education and held various administration roles throughout his career and before returning to his love of teaching high school in Las Vegas, NV, where he began the first Chinese program in the state of Nevada.

Preceded in death by his parents Jesse and Anna Mae Cooper.

Curt is survived by his wife of 64 years, Patricia Ann Mills Cooper; his sons Curtis L. and Roxie Cooper; Charles D. Cooper and Dr. Judith Iglarsh; and his daughter Cynthia and Steve Baughman; and his beloved grandchildren Zachary Cooper, Alexander Cooper, Glenn Ray Baughman, and Alison Baughman; his brother James T. and Lyn Cooper; his sister Roeanne Orloff; his brother- and sister-in-law Dr. Nicholas and Dorothy Cummings. Curt also has many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends that he cherished so dearly.

A small family memorial will be held in Tigard, OR, on Wednesday, June 5, 2019, at 2:00 PM, at Bonaventure of Tigard (2nd floor theater) with later interment in Pacific Grove, CA.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the American Cancer Society (https://www.cancer.org) in memory of Dr. Curtis R. Cooper.


6 tribute candles have been lit

Candle lit by Staff at Crown Memorial Center Our sincere condolences.

Candle lit by CBRE Co-Workers of Steve Baughman Our Condolences to your family. We know Curtis Ray Cooper was a devoted and loving Husband, Father, Grandfather. You all will be in our thoughts and prayers. Rest In Peace.

Candle lit by Glenn Baughman You are forever loved

Candle lit by Peggy Long Pigg I loved Curt. I have wonderful, fond memories of our families together. I saw Pat and Curt with my Mom Shirley and my Dad Irvin for Thanksgiving together in Las Vegas. My love to you Pat, Curtis Lester, Chuck and Cindy and families always, Peg and Ansley

Candle lit by Delores Ann Jackson SO SORRY PAT AND FAMILY FOR YOUR LOSS.....MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO YOU DURING THIS TIME AND THE DAYS AHEAD.

Candle lit by Steve and Cynthia Cooper Baughman “His heritage to his children wasn’t words or possessions, but an unspoken treasure, the treasure of his example as a man and a father.” Will Rogers, Jr. Love you, Daddy.